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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11818) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Draft. Medium tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some earthy, light orange, bittersweet chocolate, vegetal. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/bittersweet chocolate, orange, light grapefruit. Soft light-medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Draft. Black color, fluffy brown head. Aroma of cocoa powder. Taste is very bitter coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9623) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle thanks to Phatdog. Pours black with thick tan brown head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malt, grassy hops, pine, resin, fudge brownie and light spicy malt. Medium body. Dry resinous finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4315) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours basically entirely foam, but it eventually settled into a black beer with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, some darker and roasted malts, and hints of coffee. Flavor the same with a slightly weird blend of the hops and malts, but there is a nice hoppy finish with some roasted notes. Average texture. Not a bad black IPA, but some things make me wonder if this was a good bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (2350) - Juneau, Alaska, 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2436) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours a rich dark umber black with a two finger eggshell head that laces nicely and sit for a good length... Aromas are chocolate, roasted malts, even touches of coffee and pine. On the palate its well balanced and direct matching the nose nicely with a really great mouthfeel. Rich chocolatey flavors mingle with roasty earthy coffee to balance out the bright citrus and pine from the hops... nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1618) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2011
22 oz bottle.April 2011 Batch One. Pours an oily pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head. Rich, but bitter, bakers chocolate aroma with strong roasted malt. Flavor is overwhelmed by black malt and more of the bakers chocolate. I’m not getting much in the way of hops. There are some dark fruit notes. Thick, oily palate. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Patent malt roasty dark malt nose, floral hops, a little inky. Pours black, tan head. Nice and roasty, slightly acrid, nice bitterness. Floral earthy bitter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Appearance: pours black and thick, forming an espresso crema head also thick and delicious. Slow stream of bubbles trace the sides of my clean glass. Lace sticks and crawls and tempts.
Nose: dry and roasted with coffee beans, freshly drawn espresso, and burnt caramel. Black earth and twigs. Singed whole hop cones in the back. Chocolate bark and bakers chocolate.
Palate: clean and lovely. Burnt sweetness up front, dry earthen singed hops in the back, smooth and frothy along the sides. Bakers chocolate and espresso crema mingle. Tobacco leaf. Old tired brush and shrubs. Chocolate in the middle. Driest along the edges with delectable burnt acridity.
Final Thoughts: holy moly. Of the bottle beers my Love and I bought during our Massachusetts trip, this beer was by far in the top three. I’d heard pleasant rumblings about White Birch online so I was hoping for good but instead I got great. Bottle Specs: bottled April 2011 from batch 1 of a bottle count totaling 1065.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2548) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 3, 2011
This is a great black IPA. Adam sampled us a taste of his Black IPA and it is one of my favorites of the style. Really well made with a great ashy roasty kick and a solid hop background that sticks around a bit. Tasty and flavorful.

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