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style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 277   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

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3.5
anders37 (26726) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
Draft @ The Fred Bar, Sandy Spring, GA. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy citrus caramel flavor with weak hints of licorice. Has a slightly roasted malty hoppy bitter caramel finish.

3.5
Travlr (25268) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Draft. Pretty much black, beige head. Aroma of bitter cotrus. Taste is dark roasted coffee and toffee. It works.

3.4
Leighton (21496) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle in Vineyard Haven, MA. Pours dark brown with a rich, lasting beige foam head. Aroma is sweet, toasty caramel up front with brown sugar and juicy fruits, and an understated roastiness in the back. Alright flavor, medium sweet with faintly tangy citric fruits, modest roasted malts, some metallic zing, restrained burnt grassy bitterness. Medium bodied with very creamy carbonation. More citric zip to finish with light roast, faint earth, and some toasted sugars. OK, but nothing special.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (19789) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Tap at Beer Authority, NYC, 18/05/13. Black with a thin light tan head. Nose carries hops, pine resin, light cocoa, mineral notes. Taste comprises hops, pine, bitter grapefruit, light mineral notes. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, bitter hop notes in the finish, Decent enough CDA.

3.7
bhensonb (15352) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours brown/black with a light tan head. Aroma seems very citrus/resin. Med body, more or less. Flavor is very citrus, resin background, with dark roast malt rather than caramel. Then it develops some fruit - swear I get peach. It’s astringent, dry and decently bitter. The fruit characteristics give it a place in the upper ranks of oxymoronic ales. :)

3.4
Ratman197 (14973) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of charcoal, roastiness, earthiness, light grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, cocoa, earthiness, light grapefruit and a hint of pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty finish.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted biitersweet flavor to medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a good complex beer.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some milk chocolate, light roast. Smooth medium body, light acidity, very drinkable.

3.5
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark but clear chestnut brown color with a medium tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. The aroma is rich chocolate and roast notes with big citrus hops. The taste is bitter citrus hops, chocolate, roast and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Decent.

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Tap. Pours black with a small, fizzy off-white head with short retention and light lacing. Aroma is earthy and herbal hops, raisins, prunes and light smoke/peat with roast malt. Flavor is heavy hops and medium bitterness, supporting malt and dark fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.


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