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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OscarFalls (52) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2014
This beer is fucking awesome. I want to sleep with it and make mixed race babies. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tfontana (366) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeardBeerGuy (21) - stoughton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Aroma; roasty, bread, chocolate, coffee, floral, spruce, citrus, resin, leather, earthy, raisin, licorice, Appearence: black, rocky head, frothy, brown foam, porter esque Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, a good expression of black ipa. Palate: medium body, sticky, lively, bitter, long finish, Overall: Definitive for the style. An excellent example. Nice job Adam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (3152) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2012
It pours a nice dark black giving about a full one inch foamy tan head in my pint glass. Lacing coats the glass in a perfect full foaminess. The smell has chocolate, coffee, hops and roasted malts all combined very nicely. The taste is sweet and bitter in different aspects but still combined nicely as well. The palate is fairly heavy, but also could be closer to medium. Some acceptable harshness on the tongue as it should be considering the style of the beer. Overall, this is a very nice black ale that I would come back to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11460) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3094) - 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. Itís basically an overly hopped yet easy to drink stout. I think thatís what the best Black IPAís are really. Iím gonna have to get more of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (6101) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Deep dark rich brown body with only a touch of light coming through at the bottom and a very nice, thick three centimetre tall rich lighter brown head. Aroma of deep roasted malt, a touch of coffee and bitterness of nuts and a good dose of citrus and piney hops - very nice and well balanced. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavour with hints of prunes and raisins with a good solid hoppy note that lasts quite a while. Aftertaste shows a ton of roasted malt, nuts, earth, some pit fruits, a touch of clay and a lot of bright hops to have a very nice balance even on the end. Overall, a very good Black IPA with a ton of nice flavours and an even better finish with some solid complexity. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 09-March-2014 for US$5.99 sampled at home in Upstate New York in New Paltz on 09-May-2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroSpud (1943) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Large bottle. Pours deep dark brown with a tan head. Very complex malt flavors - licorice, coffee, chocolate, vanilla - itís all in here. Balancing it all out is the perfect amount of hop bitterness. This is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3268) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2011
I had this at the open house and today decided to open one of the bottles I bought then. Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to a ring on top. Smells of roast and hints of chocolate mixed with pine and citrus and a slight bit phenols. Taste is roasty with dark chocolate and hint of molasses. Bitter piney hop resin cuts through the roast very nicely. The finish leaves a long lingering hop and roasted grain thickly on my palette. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, creamy resinous mouthfeel. I seemed to notice the roasted grains a lot more from this bottle than I remember from the open house. Its possible a little age brought the roast out a little more. This beer blurs that line between IPA and stout in fact if you gave me this and told me it was a hoppy stout I wouldnít have argued with you. Tasty brew no matter what you call it.

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