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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Pour is a dark brown quickly diminishing white head. Smell is Roasty and piney and floral. Taste is light coffee heavy pine decent citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Pours a brownish red with a small tan head. The nose is strong with piney hops but there is a hint of sweetness that lingers in the background. Initially the hops really overpower anything the malts have to offer. Strong pine flavor and a big bitter punch, especially in the middle palate. The balance with the malts really shines on the finish, everything comes together in an incredibly "smooth" way. As the beer warms the malt characteristics start to show themselves, nice caramel notes and a hint of chocolate, and the beer really becomes more complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TATE (297) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is earthy and a balance of hop and malt. Bold hop flavor but pretty balanced. Spicy note at the end. Overall a good hoppy ale. A bit too much hop for my taste but again, very well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On tap at Draught House in Austin. Medium to dark brown with small head. Nice american hop aroma with a hint of roast. The flavor is pretty intense with bittering hops, flavor hops, and roasted malt. It’s like an imperial brown ale with lots of American hops. It has a medium to heavy body but is balanced enough to be drinkable. Very tasty beer if you get a chance to try it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwpom (295) - Akron, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Draught at the Pizza Plant. Dark brown with a firm white head, with a very hoppy flavor...not as hoppy as an IPA, but hoppier than a pale ale. Very smooth, nice and potent. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
A nice strong ale with a hoppy nose and bits of coffee, chocolate, and lemon in the flavor. The body is lighter than that description might suggest, and the bitter dipa-style finish makes this a good pair for grilled meat (even if my description makes it sound like a dessert beer). 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
aroma hoppy sweet maltness, mild, mellow sutle, color, nice hue livey boby, lacing white head, taste, front end is hops mildy flora, some bittness, then carmel sweetness, and mlty richness on the backend, overall awesome brew, a wonderful balance of hops and malts!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jur (285) - NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2013
Bottle @ beerbistro, Toronto. Not black, but brown! Little nose, some nuts and caramel, no head. Quite flat taste. Despite the high ABV unremarkable. Caramel, dry, bitter. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bconch (283) - - JUL 31, 2012
Taken from old notes. Deep ruby pour with a citrus nose. Taste is a smooth mix of bitter and sweet. Finish is long and bitter. Hides the 8.7% really well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
soyorganic (283) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Nice beer, very drinkable. Smooth black ipa with a nice lingering hop taste. High carbonation and full tasting beer.


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