overall
88
56
style
RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is an variation of our "Loose Cannon" IPA with an obvious dark note.
Available Jan - March

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/16/2013. 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a ultra-dark red color with a good opacity. The head is kind of dinky - a half finger light khaki color. It doesnt even retain what little it has well, but tries to leave whatever lacing it can down the side of the glass. S: Features a good mix of citrusy hops and bready dark malts. It seems to feature a good deal of Centennial and Cascade. Upon further whiffs, a bit of chocolate and coffee come through. The aroma is respectable but meek. T: Not much in the way of hops come through on the flavor, or maybe its just that well balanced? Whatever the case here, the hop profile is perhaps integrated too well into the brews dark malts - coming off as just a well-hopped stout instead of a black ale. Hazelnut, chocolate, and subtle citrusy hops initiate the flavors, before finishing with coffee, faint cream, and roasted barley. Grapefruit tones come through more expressively on exhales. Id have to say Centennial hops were a good choice here - they give just enough of a hop bite and a balancing bitterness without killing the profile with acid and soapiness. M: Dry, dry, dry. There is just enough sweetness on the finish to neutralize some of the dryness after a few sips, but this will still cause the very back of the palate to be parched, even while the front has a bit of a syrupy linger. The medium-heavy body makes this more of a sipper than a chugger. O: This works MUCH better if you go into this expecting a well-hopped stout instead of a proper black ale. When looked at as the former, its really damn good. Id buy it again, thats for sure.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dal9000 (549) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Soft caramel and cinnamon? Upfront with an earthy middle. Mild lingering finish of earth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, pine hops, & some caramel; Flavor of slight roasted malt, hops, chocolate, caramel, and some citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Fairly well balanced; Not too bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1518) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Nice heavy flavor. Had in bottle and tap, but at different times. Cant remember much else

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3275) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a nice one finger tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma was roasty with pine, chocolate and coffee. flavor of roasted malts, pine, coffee, chocolate and a bit of caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4175) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear very dark ruby brown color, beige head cover, stringers of lace. Aroma of peat malt and hops. Taste is toasted malt that grows a lot heading into the palate, turning decidedly bitter on the swallow, lingering a long time as a bit of malt seeps back in. Pretty good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Weevo (171) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle, pours black with tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Taste of coffee, slight chocolate and cherry. Not to hoppy, really starting to enjoy the black IPA's ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timwatson31 (2) - Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2014 does not count
Pretty good bipa. Pours dark brown. Nice taste while drinking, not over powering. Love the malt finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7129) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achete chez Julios Liquors (Westborough, MA) au cot de 1,95$. Arme: Odeur de crales grilles avec une pointe dhoublon. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Prsence dun moyen col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de crales grilles avec une pointe de chocolat et un soupcon dhoublon. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence de fume en arrire got. (Rating #5764)

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2291) - - SEP 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-5-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a small cream colored head. The head has a low level of retention fading to leave very light lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell - The aroma is of a roasted malt smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Along with these smells are notes of licorice and a moderately strong aroma of molasses. Being an IPA, it is no surprise, that along with these smells are some nice notes of a pine and earthy hops, which when mixed with the rest, as well as a roasted coffee malt aroma, give a nice roasty but semi-sweet and moderately hoppy smell. Taste The taste begins with a roasted malt taste mixed with a small amount of a citrus hop taste. There is a lighter sweetness present upfront that fades as the taste moves on and then returns again at the end. While the nose depicted a much sweeter profile, the taste was not all that sweet, yet was on the drier and roastier side until the very end where it sweetened up to a lighter to medium amount. The grapefruit hop that was present upfront is soon joined and surpassed in strength by a pine hop flavor. Toward the end an earthy flavor and a decently strong coffee flavor comes to the tongue. With some sweeter flavors of a caramel and light molasses flavor coming to the tongue as well, in the end, a lighter hop flavor mixed with a decent roasted coffee and semi-sweet taste is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel For a 7.25 % abv brew, the body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The lower carbonation was rather nice for the roasted flavors of the brew as well as the lighter hop flavors as it accentuated both. The thinner body however was not so good and took away from all those nice flavors. Overall A tasty and drinkable brew overall, although it was not really all that hoppy tasting as a IBA would be expected to be. It drinks nice and is rather enjoyable, but dont expect a hop powerhouse here.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alliance100 (1114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft at Derby Station - dark brown almost black with tan head . Lots of pine , faint roast on the finish . Ok . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 29
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5