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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Adam Romanow is our third brewer apprentice. His release is an exploration into a newer beer style, the Black IPA. Black as night, bitter, with a full flavored Cascade hop profile and smooth finish. Named after Nyx, the mythological Greek goddess of night, who stood at the beginning of creation. As a beginning, we agree Adam is on to something. As he moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy his beer as much as we do.

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Pray, friends, to the greek goddess of the night, a figure of exceptional power and beauty who stood at the beginning of creation.

When Nyx was originally released as part of out Apprentice Series in 2011, she quickly became one of our most sought after and requested beers. Now reborn into our permanent lineup, she roams the houses and glasses of discerning beer drinkers every autumn. This American Black Ale is as black as night, bitter, with a complex, bracing hop profile.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3551) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2016
On tap at the Thirsty Moose Portsmouth. Pours an oily pitch black with a one finger mocha head. Rich and smooooth bakers chocolate aroma with strong roasted malt. Flavor is of black malt and more of the bakers chocolate. Not much in the way of hops for a black IPA. OK by me. There are some dark fruit notes. Thick, oily palate. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4576) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 11/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Medium pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky/resinous, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (874) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Beer had a great flavor...but finish was rough....really bitter and long lasting finish....would be great if bitterness was mellowed out...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2015
12 ounce bottle from 11/15 bottling. Black with creamy tan head. Roast and coffee taste with modest bitter after taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (2247) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Two year old bomber. Yeah, I know Iím not supposed to age it. will re-rate when I get a fresher example. Honestly though, this is pretty decent for a black IPA that sat in the back of my fridge for 2 years. Sure, the fresh piney hop aroma is long gone, but thereís still caramel, molasses and coffee on the nose, and the taste is fairly well balanced, still retaining some bitterness. Molasses and coffee up front, overextracted coffee and pine bitter in the finish. If youíve got an old bottle lying about, donít be afraid.this drinks like a thin, but balanced Porter.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tfontana (664) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle from East Derry General Store. Aroma is a combination roasted malts/chocolate/fruit/hint of coffee and yeast. Appearance is opaque black with some sparkling on the outside of the glass and 1 finger tan creamy/foamy head with excellent retention and nice foamy lacing. Nice crackling sound to the head. Taste is complex robust coffee-like bitterness balanced with moderate malty sweetness and hoppy finish--almost a porter up until that last feature. Palate is medium bodied creamy texture with nice carbonation--itís there but complements the beer nicely rather than competes with it or demands attention. Finish is long, wet, mixture of the coffee-like bitterness and maltiness. Overall, this beer hits on all cylinders for me and has a lot going on for all the senses. Hard to find fault with anything and I canít put it down. Black IPAís can go too hoppy for me but this performs more of a tease with the hops and is quite unique. Yum!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of brownie, toffee, dark fruit, cocoa powder, slight anise, touch of vanilla, slight pine and spice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, toffee, mint, some pine into some cocoa, slight roast, touch of brown sugar, finishing slightly sweet, bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle sample at the tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 2/5/15. Pitch black pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma of malt, roast, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Malty flavor with coffee and chocolate accents before a big roasty finish. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5453) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Pours black into a tulip.. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Dark chocolate aromas. Soft and dry with dark chocolate and coffee front to back. Lasting sour charred resin finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nsanders (990) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Tap at Pizza Luce. Deep brown with a light brown head and light lacing. Piney, powdered sugar, burnt coffee and grass. Taste has a light sweet start, but is mostly bitter. Body is medium with a foamy feel.


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