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RATINGS: 629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A pinch of black malt and a splash of roasted barley break this IPA apart from tradition, Cascadian Dark. Join the shady revolution.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8301) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle. Toffee malt, pine and grapefruit peel aroma. Dark chestnut color with moderate head. Moderately bitter grapefruit peel/pine hops and light toffee malt flavor. Nice solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1350) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Aroma is roasted barley malts, sweet citrusy hops round it out. Touch of grapes and stone fruits. Appearance is deep purple, nearly brown. Murky, with not a ton of head. The flavor is roasted malts, but a little sweet, milky porter thrown in; mildly roasted, with some rye spices. Dates and raisins and sweet grapes. Tangerine and grapefruit finish, balances well with the malt’s rounded sweetness. Palate is ashy, oily exterior. A beautifully balanced IPA. Not just a stout with hops tossed in. A medley of complementary flavors. Very good example of style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiercepanda (605) - Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2011
A black beer with a small tan head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is floral and earthy with a hint of malt. The flavor is also very floral and a bit smoky with a light bitterness. It is hard to reconcile the flavors with the appearance, but it is really quite good. A balanced brew with a decent body, certainly one I would try again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3395) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Pour is a black with a small white head. Aroma is plenty of roasted malt with a nice resiny hop. Flavor is the same, a very nice roasted chocolate malt then comes a very nice hop profile that leaves a lot of bitter resin on the tounge as this goes down. Wow Widmer I didn’t know you had it in you. This is a very tasty beer and on the top tier of the style

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours near black, with ruby hints. Light tan head, leaves little lacing. Aroma is primarily roasted malt, some hop bitterness as well. Taste is similar. Pretty good CDA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a tan head. Pretty roasty, but the piney, lightly dank hops are forefront in the nose. Well carbonated. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, light espresso, piney, dank hops with a piney, chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, malt, light pine, slight citrus, caramel, light resin, and some roasting. Poured dark brown/deep ruby in color with a small, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, resin, and slight caramel. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pitch brown with a slowly fading brown topper with curtain lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malts, chocolate, piney and resinous hops. Taste is solid with a good mix of dark malts and hops. Chocolate, floral and resinous hops, a touch of biscuit and mild coffee. Bitterness is spot on and there’s some mild warming to boot. Mouth feel is on the full side and there’s a touch of acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Appearance: deep and burnt with mahogany glints when held up to light. Coffee ice cream foam leaves clumps of lace, a thick collar, and a blotchy head. Swirls decadently thick.
Nose: roasted and burnt, hoppy and toasty, charred whole hop cones. Burnt pie crust. Pine cones and general scorched forest esters. Hint of grapefruit pith – pink than white. Black patent malt mingles with charcoal and wispy embers. Dry, crisp, and inviting.
Palate: clean and toasty up front with dry brittle European chocolates in the back and finish. Pine and pith along sides and underneath. Medium weight and mouthfeel. Subtle pink grapefruit lingers atop tongue and tingles the lips. Pine cones and burnt evergreen. Starts to grow a smoky sweet underbelly. Interestingly simple but with matching complexity. Chocolate cookie sticks – like the kind you dip in your dry dark roasty coffee.
Final Thoughts: I wasn’t expecting much because, well, Widmer doesn’t usually inspire me to expect much. I was pleasantly surprised then to find their Pitch Black IPA to be quite tasty. No complaints here; just a good beer I’d be happy to drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4871) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2011
I dig Widmer but if you elect to entitle your beer Pitch Black IPA maybe it should be pitch black. Deep burgundy brown-black. Thin, off white head. Really well executed, lighter side of full bodied beer. Oily and resinous, has a solid enough hop bill to be a good representation of the style. Well balanced by some nice chocolate tones. Fresh. bold, drinkable. Great beer.


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