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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
22 ounce bottle
Split with b3shine and tastybeer this was a fine black IPA picked up in the Cleveland area. I think it was solid enough for me to try another one or two of their beers when I verify the freshness. Maybe White Birch is an up and comer in the northeast.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base slides gracefully into the sample sized glass. Slick legs like a mocha porter sweep downwards. Plums, malt, and oily resins warm the air like a very hoppy porter.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, cinnamon, and a spicy edge are a little bit of unexpected pleasure. The dry transition of molasses emerges after about ten seconds. Finally comes a resiny finish from a balanced hop presence. From start to finish this is a very enjoyable black IPA. The fact it is also relatively affordable only makes it more appealing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (1975) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2013
22oz bomber thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours black with a small foamy mocha colored head. Aroma of mostly chocolate, coffee, and pine. Taste has a big piney hop presence, with lots of chocolate malt, bitter black coffee, and burnt toast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is black, tan head. Little retention/some lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, grass, citrus, roast. Taste is bitter, dark chocolate, roast, citrus, grass. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1890) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Black pour, tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, choc, light citrusy hop. Flavour of bakers choc. Roasted malt and citrusy hop. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5191) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bomber to tulip (shared by Brigadier). Looks good; a fairly opaque dark cola with beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, hops, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2016) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Belated birthday gift from brother in law, 3 bombers with 2 new rates not too shabby. This pours thick motor oil consistency. Nose is nice of dark chocolate and earthy hops. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, grapefruit, spruce, earth, resin, and ash. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Draft at Jack Brown’s, Harrisonburg. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, earthy and green hops and a bit of leather. The taste is bitter roasted malts, chocolate, bitter hops. Medium bodied, average carbonation, lingering bitterness, decent balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1829) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bomber. Pours pitch black with a big creamy head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing. Aroma is very creamy and chocolaty with a solid pine/floral hop presence. Taste is awesome, my kinda black IPA. Thick, rich, complex and hoppy. A faint sweetness at the start with rich chocolate and toast. Turns to strong, bitter, slightly burnt coffee in the middle. Finishes hoppy with pine and flowers and the burnt coffee taste remains. Also has a burnt wood, ashy taste that lingers. Thick body and a very nice creamy mouthfeel. Love this beer. It’s basically an overly hopped yet easy to drink stout. I think that’s what the best Black IPA’s are really. I’m gonna have to get more of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4347) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Draft @ Jack Brown’s. The pour’s deep brown with a tight tan head. The nose is mild roast coffee. Char. A bit of vanilla. Rocky road fudge. The taste is dark bitter chocolate. Moderate bitter grassy hops. Nicely full, creamy. Soft carbonation. Pleasant.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, chocolate, and coffee malt, earthy and spicy hops, oats, prunes, pine and resin notes. Flavor is dark malt, moderate hops and bitterness with dark fruits, light smoke and a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.


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