Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Black IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Black IPA. Again, an american invention. This style was born at the "Vermont pub and brewery" around 1997. It could be said that this beer tries to be an hybrid between a regular IPA and a porter. The Pénombre presents a light body and well expressed tofferaction tastes. The whole is however dominated by an evident bitterness, which stays always in balance with the other tates found in the beer. In the after taste, the bitterness and hops flavours are growing slowly dut surely, sip after sip.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jmar33 (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2014
Growler. I like it when black IPA’s are more like hoppy porter’s, so this is right up my alley. Strong hops, strong roast, strong beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cookie dough, lighter pine, and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown with significant orange highlights. It has a two finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker soapy ring. There is some thin soapy rings left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with starts with moderate chocolate (milk chocolate and dark chocolate) with a touch of caramel, light roasted malt, and a hint of cookie dough. The finish has moderate pine, burnt notes, and light grapefruit. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft moutheel. Overall, it definitely falls into the hoppy Porter category for me. Also, the burnt flavors are a little too much for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (1523) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle pours dark brown with light edges and two finger thick white head. Nose is earthy roasty soil, fruity light pine, touches of dusty cocoa, light malt fruit. Taste is somewhat thin, roasty malt fruit and wet soil and leaves mix with some soft piney cocoa and grass. Finish is bitter roasty malt fruit and light cocoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aletcm (160) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 29, 2014
Cor preta, com espuma café com leite de boa formação e persistência. Aroma de chocolate amargo, seguido de café. Sabor de chocolate amargo e café, com médio amargor, persistente só final. Boa Black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Cola brown. Cocoa and coffee grinds aroma. The taste adds bitter piney hops and earthy malts. Big mouthfeel all around. One of the better black ipas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (609) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Unless I’ve been misinformed by two separate sources, DdC has actually stopped producing this beer. Luckily for me I live in a town of ignoramuses, so I picked up possibly one of the last sixers in existence. It was bottled in February, 2014, so I feel like it’s definitely lost some of its more pronounced hop notes, but man this stuff is still good. Pours the darkest of browns with a beige cap that quickly fades to a thin film. Nose is chocolate, treacle, a lot of smokiness, a bit of pine hiding in the background. Taste is quite sweet through to the finish: sweet, smokey, chocolate malt, treacle, a hint of of liquorice and spice, lots of toasted notes. The finish is the real surprise though: an unexpected, but very pleasant, lingering bitterness, with heavy pine and bitter coffee notes. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. This was a really interesting beer and I’m sad to see it go. (Note: I’m told it’s basically been replaced by the Disco Soleil, which is yet another great DdC offering, though completely different from the Penombre, so it seems a strange change.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with a small foamy head that fades to a thin ring and leaves some nice lacing. Really nice aroma of charred wood, burnt toast, pine, and cocoa. Tastes like ash, pine, cocoa, and light coffee. Moderate bitterness. Medium body. I love a good black ipa and this is a good one. Could maybe use a little more hops but I’m not sure how old this bottle is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1963) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On tap. Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with cocoa, coffee and pine aromas. Flavor starts off caramel malt with roasted smokiness followed by coffee and chocolate notes finishing with piney hop bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (4091) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle I brought back from Mile High Wine and Spirits. shared with Pinkzambia. Definitely dark. Hoppy bitterness but lacking the more up front hoppy flavor of the west coast variety popularized in recent years.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1928) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle: Black is right as far as color and a small off white ring head. Aroma is pretty light - a tiny bit of malts but hops aren’t present in the aroma. Flavor is a different story - tasty. Porter and IPA getting married is about it. Coffee flavors with a mild hop balance. The hop presence is noticed in more of a perfume. Mildly pleasant.

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