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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The Śarvara were four-eyed, two-headed dogs guarding the gates of hell for Yama, Lord of Death. These bloodthirsty hellhounds could devour an entire cow in one or two bites. And their baying was so loud, the Banshees (in Ireland) had to cover their ears. No kidding. These dogs were wicked mean. Śarvara Black India Pale Ale is appropriately fierce, devilishly hopped at over 80 IBUs, black as night and ready to be devoured.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle. Black with tan brown head. Gusher. Nose is rancid sour milk, chlorine, roast chocolate and resin. Taste is roasted chocolate, brownie, chlorine and slight soured milk finish. Medium body. Despite the description, there’s a solid beer underneath here trying to claw its way past the off notes, but the off notes are too powerful. Would love to try again in a better batch.

hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2017
22oz bottle. Back of one of my shelves long forgotten. Poured a black color with a a larger sized off white head. Earthy, roast, and some coffee.

nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2013
22oz bomber. Brown-black body with a massive beige head. Soapy, resinous, bitter. Sort of boozy with the 9% ABV. Harshness grows sips by sip, massive sweet hoppy chocolate sugary beast, Nut unlike a big Belgian Brown Ale at times, but lacks any judicious use of specialty malts, they overwhelm any subtlety.

obguthr (6657) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Chlorine smell. Cola brown, thick tan head, good lace. Flavor is charcoal, but again with chlorine. Not good.

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bomber shared by HopTsing and tia at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a clear amber color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of sweet honey malts, citrus hops and a slight astringent note. The taste is nuts, roasted malts, bitter hops. High carbonation, thin-medium bodied and astringent. Meh.

tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ 18th RG. Very dark with big tan head. Smells lightly roasted plus chlorinated water and dark fruit. Light hoppy and roasted flavor. Light hop finish. The guys say this one is infected, too.

ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 5/11/12

Aroma: The nose has roasted malts, a little earth, chocolate/coffee, and a distinct bacon note
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a thick bubbly foam of beige-brown head and medium lace
Flavor: The taste is not what I expected from the nose, where the nose had a few different aromatics, the flavor is off, mostly just a biting, fairly unpleasant bitterness (particularly in the finish), with some light malt presence
Palate: The mouthfeel is overly fizzy, it is also a little watery, and really just feels very disjointed
Overall Impression: I’d had one thing from Baying Hound previously and it was not good, but it is from my old neck of the woods (and these guys are still relatively new), so I figured I’d give them another shot. This is another one where some time might help. Somewhere in here was a good start to a beer, but it just kind of fell apart. Maybe with a little more time these guys can get better, but judging off the two beers I’ve tried thus far, I’m not too impressed.

Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Incredibly large head of fine bubbles. At least 3 inches of foam in my tulip glass and takes a long time to settle. Soft roasted and chocolaty malts in the aroma. Weak hops presence. Color is a vary dark brown. Strong roasted flavors. Much more than I would expect for a black IPA. More dark chocolate, a bit of smoked malts, weak coffee, some hops presence and bitterness. I am not really sure what this brew is supposed to be. Kind of all over the place. More like a hoppy porter.

Atom (2572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bomber thanks to GT2, wow talk about over carbonated. I think half of this ended up on the table. Pours dark black/brown with overflowing tan head. Aroma is pretty muted coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, and slight hops. Taste has a sharp medicinal bitter sting. Ugh.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bomber from the Perfect Pour, MD. Rockville, eh? Who’da known? Certainly not the most inspired of black IPAs, an ever more crowded style. Slightly dirty dark brown pour, rusty and sedimental with a moderate head. Sharp licorice and citrus nose, but the taste is a bit more chocolatey. You could call it balanced, but it actually comes across as more disjointed than anything else.

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