RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Midnight Ryder – a hat tip to Bischoff’s son, Elliott Ryder – is cloaked in mystery and full of surprises. A style of disputed origins and merit, American Black Ale puts a distinctly American twist on the India Pale Ale with five varieties of malt that give this dark beer a medium body and a complex array of flavors including caramel, chocolate and a smidgen of roast. Sealing the deal are six varieties of American-grownhops added throughout the 90-minute boil. This beer offers a resinous and piney character with just enough citrus to bring balance at the finish line.

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b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Can to tulip (shared by Brigadier). Looks good; a dark brownish black with foamy light beige head that dissipates into lacing. Smells good; dark malt, dark chocolate, hops, and roast. Tastes like it smells, but less robust. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer.

nealblind (1849) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Dark pour slight tan head. Aroma of acrid burnt malt and grassy hops. Tastes the same. Watery and bitter. Too bitter.

devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2013
From a can, aroma is light roast and pine straw hops, taste is pretty bitter, nice black ale!

csaso (2266) - Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Tap - good size tan colored foamy head, black color, pretty big piney hop aroma and flavor, mild roast malt notes, pretty good overll ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mar (5409) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Can thanks to a friend. Pitch black /khaki head. Nose is pine, resin, roasted malt, and florals. Great palate, heavy pine / resin, florals, roasted malts, bitter finish.

Ericular (1016) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Pours very dark with a thick, lasting almond head and good lacing. Aroma is rich caramel, roasted coffee bean, pine and citrus hops - in that order. Taste is a wave of pine and roasted malts together. Roast is gentle in itself, but the cocoa coffee taste adds to the piney hops to form a lasting bitterness. Nice mild roast in the aftertaste, with the hops hanging on to sustain the bite. Palate is great - medium bodied, rich, and well carbonated. Overall this is a very good take on the style.

ChiGuy68 (594) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Tasted from a 12oz can. Poured a deep dark brown with a thick frothy brown head. Minimal malt aroma and rich malt taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

nellycale (213) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Can... Pours black with a mid-sized, pillowy, taupe head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is an intermingling of burnt grains, dark chocolate, caramel and pine. Light to medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor is roasty, burnt and bitter. The finish is crisp, coarse, bitter, and then Sahara-dry. Can courtesy of Bvery!</B/> ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Pours an opaque black with small head and moderate lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt up front with some subtle grapefruit hop in the background. Moderately bitter throughout. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation. Long, full bitter finish. this is well crafted. I like this a lot. It starts off almost as if it’s going to be more like a porter, but the hops catch you to remind you what you’re really drinking. Bravo to this.

ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap. Nice brown pour. Aroma is citrus and pine resin. Flavor is aspirin bitter and nothin else. I love good hoppy beers, but this is way out of balance. Not good.

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