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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA is a well-balanced, dark, bitter, and totally unique beer experience. We brewed this IPA with a base of fresh Pilsner Malts and darkened the color with pure Black Malts, creating a clean malt character that allows the liberal hop additions to shine through. Komodo is dry hopped and aged with a pinch of lavender to add to the overall aromatic experience.

ABV: 6.5 IBUs: 65.5 SG: 15.5 SRM: 49.6


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4723) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle, label is super heavy cardstock or something. Nose has lovely pine and citrus from the hops with mocha and light porterish roast notes, with just a hint of socky must, resultant blend is exquisite, probably the first íBlack IPAí Iíve had to really emphasize the darker side of malt in the nose (as opposed to using flavorless de-bittered black malt). Pitch porter body with a dark brown imperial stout head. Taste is dark and very dry, light citrus from the hops is not sweet in the sugar way, but adds accent. Smooth, lasting ash for once doesnít taste like it came from a cigarette, pine and caramel picking up in the midbody after a few ounces and soon roughhousing in the back. Very faint dark chocolate. Touch of rubber-glove astringency in the medium body that seems to be more appropriate to a double IPA, and a little too tannic-y. I like this a lot, but itís missing something in between the two styles to tie them together (maybe tweak the hops?); this tastes more like a blend of two individually-made beers than a product of itself created synergistically.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2664) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells of peaty, smoky malt with some citrusy hops underneath it all. Taste falls a little flat, with lots of milkiness, the same smoky, peaty malt, and some herbal hops. Smooth and fairly full-bodied, this was pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the black IPA, but it was interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1964) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle bonus thanks to Stfun! Dark black pour, tons of carbonation and a slightly hoppy aroma. Flavor starts with dry roasted malts, coffee, smoke and slightly herbal on the finish. Very enjoyable and unique beer, worth trading for in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
12 oz bottle, courtesy StFun. Pours a nearly pitch black color and topped by a nice sized dark tan colored head of foam that shows great retention. The foam slowly receds and leaves nice thin rings of lace around the glass. It looks great, almost like a stout, but just not quite as thick looking. The aroma shows notes of pine and floral hops, bitter, black malts, and roasted dark cocoa. There is some toastes caramel malt sweetness in the as well. The flavor follows and shows nice bitterness from the floral and pine hops along with a good amount of roast from the dark cocoa and bitter black malts. The toasted caramel adds a touch of sweetness, and the hops add more bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied on the mouthfeel, smooth, with balanced carbonation and a roasty, bitter finish. This is a nice, tasty version of the black ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (2847) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Black brown with a moderate brown head and a little lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee and something fruity/floral. Thereís something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I canít nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7306) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle. Dark chocolate, anise, and mild astringent alcohol aroma with a hint of lavender. Opaque black color with large tan head. Mildly sweet cocoa malt initially with a strong bitter grapefruit peel finish. Medium body. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2011
1/2 growler courtesy of stfun. Pours dark brown woth a rocky tan head. Smells of resiny hops, sage, pine, roasted malt. Tastes of earth, chocolate, pine, molasses, some smoky hints on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thome50 (995) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass courtesy CarlyRaes. My first true black IPA. Iím not a fan of the darker malt beers but had to give this one a chance due to the extreme hop additions. The pour is extremely black with a medium tan head. The aroma was the best part with the faint hint of soy, charred pine and light citrus. A very light body but definite roast taste upon first taste. The carbonation is nice and something I normally wouldnít expect with the flavor profile. The finish is a very pronounced semi-sweet chocolate that is almost like the chocolate were left on the stove top 3 minutes too long. An interesting brew but based on my tastes it is not one I would seek out in the future.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4594) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, beige head. Looks like a stout. Roasty, nutty, coffee aroma, light citrus. Flavor has a shot of lemony hops with some coffee bitterness, nutty, roasted grains, burnt toast, light molasses. The definitely helped to round things out a bit. Medium bodied. Not at all an IPA, a nice stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1805) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2011
I saw IPA, and expected lots of hoppiness. Instead, I got an opaque black, full headed, big-laced, bitter porter/stout (or whatever you want to call it). Itís refreshing to have a full dark brew that isnít run by coffee nad chocolate. Very drinkable, and a definite re-do.


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