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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
The Black Tartan IPA is brewed with with 5 different malted barleys, including a debittered black and black wheat barley. It’s black like a stout, with aromas and hoppiness like an IPA. 7.6% ABV 85 IBU’s.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2011
Harmon Brewing Company--Black Tartan IPA--Five Different Malted Barleys Brewed To Make A Stout Hoppy Like An IPA--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV. 80 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) CDA--Cascadian Dark Ale? Thick pour. Lacy rocky 1/2"" espresso head thins quickly. Dark bronze red pour turns opaque dark black color. Rich roasted chocolate espresso hoppy Stout front. Creamy cloying mellow sweet thick burnt not bitter dark chocolate malt flavor. Smooth mild sweet creamy textured Stout body. Smooth slightly crusty mild hop spice end. Very hoppy Stout. Tough to classify as an IPA due to overpowering Stout flavors. Sampled 3/28/2011. Purchased for $5.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/17/2011.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lace.
The aroma had some sweet to roasty malts, slightly like a combination of coffee to chocolate and then a developing piney bitter hops underneath.
The flavor blended all of those previously mentioned aromas together and added a boost of earthy to semi-spicy tones to amplify the flavor. Hops kick a bit harder in the aftertaste and leaves a dry blended hops to malts finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, perhaps almost closer to the medium side. Fair sessionability, good carbonation. ABV felt good.
Overall, nicely done black IPA that I could come back to if I could.

luttonm (6862) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Harmon Tap Room, Tacoma. Thin gray tan foam, quite dark brown black. Sweet metallic malt, thin hops in nose grow in to richer pine in the body. Rather bitter but still pretty malt focused. Fruity red malt isn’t fantastic. Ok.

andrewje41 (4419) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Draft pour to a schooner at Harmon, Tacoma. Pours blacker than their stout. Thick tan cream foam head and lacing. Very garden aroma with goods and vegetables. Grassy hops, vegetal, with a coffee roast that shows up way late. Bitter, and a bit harsh. A bit disappointing for me. Not very pleasant for my taste.

fiulijn (21470) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
Draught at the brewpub, as CDA Black IPA, 8% ABV
Black color with brown compact head, nice lace. Both aroma and flavor have a strong presence of roasted malts and resiny hops, it gets a bit ashy, burnt in the final, and it has strong bitterness. Similar to the Winter Ale, but more roasty and hoppy.
Good beer, not difficult to brew in this way, but pleasant.

robforbes (2269) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2013
pours a jet black with a medium size tan head, and very good lacing.

smell is of hops, dark malt, a little caramel, and some citrus.

taste is dry, bakers chocolate, hops, malt, and a touch of espresso. ends dry and bitter.

Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Well put together cda. Black and thick like imperial porter. The head fades quickly though. A hint of chocolate and roasted hazelnut nose. Roasted, heavy malts dominate the palate. Some hops shine through on the finish, but this drinks more like porter than cda/bipa.

reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger and a half of off-white head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is light roasted malts and some woodsy hops. Taste is light malty sweetness with a roasted malt bitterness and a woody hop bitterness to round things out. This is a nice refreshing dark ale which had a medium body and moderate carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
In short: A roasted and piney exemplary Black IPA. Typical but very well made example of the style

How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh, approximately 2 months after purchase. Bottle from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt

The look: Black body topped by a small dark beige head

In long: Nose is cold black coffee, dank piney hops, roast, some chocolate. Taste is roasted, burnt toasts and a sip of cold black coffee, nice light chocolate notes, blackberry jam, a good amount of piney hops with light citrusy notes. Bitterness level is medium. Overall this is a by-the-book archetypical Black IPA, if you love the style you will love this beer but if you don’t love the style you will not find anything that will make you change your mind here. Very nice beer. And the if the Surgeon General thinks his warnings on beer bottles will prevent me from drinking large quantities of quality beer is almost as delusional as the dude who decided on the recommended serving sizes printed on the back of large potato chips bags.

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is what I expected. I get some medium roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate, as well as a big dose of pine from the hops.

The flavor follows suit. The pine from the hops goes fairly well with the bitter roasted malt and light chocolate. The bitterness from the hops and malts make the beer fairly bitter overall.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Mostly black with a thin, tan head. Soft and smooth texture, but only a mild carbonation. Sweet and classic CDA nose. Rich debittered dark malt flavors were really nice. Notes of sugary tar and woodsy chocolate. Healthy amount of hops, especially as they built over time. Mostly grass and pine. On the sweet side, but flavorful nonetheless.

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