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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up. And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slammin amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but Id say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things. Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, Id buy this again. I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
12oz can. Dark brown, black color. light tan sticky looking head. Aroma of hops, mostly pine, some chocolate, dark toasted malts. Tastes of sweet malt, burnt (blackened) sugars, pine resin bitterness. Very nice. Enjoyable IPA, and it is Black too. 8,5,7,4,13

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Black, but not opaque, with a gopod-sized brown head. Minimal aroma. Flavor has more roasted malts than hops, with a little dark chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (1040) - Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2011
First "Black IPA". Like a hoppy thin stout. Reminds me of a schwarzbier Ive had, but happier. Not much on the aroma. Appearance is good.. dark. Liked the taste w/ a good palate. Recommended.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
This is my first black IPA had it on tap. This beer was black in color but not a thick black color. The small was of hops and roasted malt. Not really hoppy but more sweet and roasty. Ok beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
From can(though I swore to never patronize cans, but the bartender praised this so much, so I caved): A=Beautiful pitch-black,with thick creamy tan head, with heavy lacing. Guinness??Guinness is mainstream crap. S=Malts,chocolate,coffee, faint hops. Upon sip, I can detect a fairly thin to medium body of same, with the can maybe getting in the way. I know theres a reason I avoid cans, and recommend that all self-respecting brewers avoid cans. This is it. Light carbonation. Overall, decent, but the label says IPA, when its anything but. A decent brew,but nothing I would purchase again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Can at Clydes Rockville. Pours a thin black pour with a tan head. Not a lot of hops here. More like a chocolaty stout. Intense roast and maybe a bit of bourbon. Dry slightly metallic and fruity. Bitter chocolate roast finish. MehMe

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2011
12 oz. can from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Cola-like brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of floral hops with a light smokiness that eventually gives way to roasted coffee notes. Great integration of the hoppiness of an IPA with the smoky and chocolate malts in the flavor. A really nice interpretation of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Another Black IPA. A pretty nice brew. Drinks smooth and has good malty flavor to it for an IPA. Not the best Black IPA but a really good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3932) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2011
12oz traded can. Wow, strong woody-pine aroma as you pop the top. Crazy black pour with a thick, foamy khaki head. Pretty tasty...starts with the hops and then finishes with the malt. Short finish with mild bitterness. Maybe a little thin in the finish but pretty neat brew.


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