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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Midnight Ryder a hat tip to Bischoffs 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9943) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the brewpub. Nearly pitch black pour with a frothy head. Big roasty malts and sharp pine hop. Delicious!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Cask version at brewery; double dry hopped with glacier. This aroma is nothing if not weed brownies, but theres a lot of other shit going on. Vinous character, citrus zest, dark spice, wood, coffee. Its kind of a lot to take in, but its a power punch that feels good. The flavor brings a lot of pithy hops and deep roasted coffee and tobacco tones that doesnt feel especially awesome, or overwrought, but just always really huge. Palate is fulsome and bright with tropical bittersweetness; finish draws out at length with acidic, ashy coffee notes and a parting embrace of stone fruit skin and resin that doesnt let go. Complicated stuff. Worth a bit more contemplation, for sure.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcnielsen (3313) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2012
On tap at Happy Gnome. Pours a black color with tan head. Dark, malty, piney aromas. Very tasty black ipa.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
750 ml bottle (bottled 9/12/12) via trade with mattyb83 and its only 18 days old. Hell Yeah! Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is pungent resin and pine hops. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate with some pine and a touch of citrus. The roast and bitterness really lingers. Finish is also a bit dry. A pretty nice balance at this point in this beers life. Medium body. Well done! No MN bias here. Thanks Matt.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a deep black with some lacing. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and some pine hops. Palate is smooth with a lighter body than expected. Taste is bitter, sweet, and roasted, all well balanced together at first with a very long bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1481) - - NOV 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Very dark brown pour, a thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of spruce, pine, dark cocoa, coffee. Bitter up front, pine, spruce, slight citrus fruit, some coffee bitterness, cocoa, roasty. Medium body. Everything works well together here - Sessionable, with tremendous balance.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2804) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Can via khoffman43. Pours deep amber capped by a tan head. Nose of pine, chocolate, and roast. Taste begins with pine and roast that mellows to chocolate. Bitterness is ample and strong. Body is solid, alcohol warms at times.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9556) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
Can shared by bhensonb. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a smooth toasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and coffee and a bitter finish. A lot chalkier than a black ipa. This is an interesting and very tasty beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
In short: A highly roasted piney-citrusy Black IPA. Above average execution of a typical take on the style. Very good.
How: Can 12oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving it from oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott.
The look: Black body topped by a large dark-beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose is rather hoppy (mostly piney but also a bit citrusy) with also plenty of roast, enough roast to push forward a roasted coffee beans aroma. Taste has plenty of roast, some overcooked caramel, burnt wood sensation, bittersweet black chocolate, burnt brown sugar, a shot of espresso, assertive fresh piney bitterness with grapefruity edges. I could feel quite a bit of sweetness from this rich maltiness but the high roast level and piney hop character make for an overall dry sensation. Body is fuller than most hoppy beer of this gravity, carbonation is very lively, true Belgian Ale type of mouthfeel. Not a hop-bomb, bitterness intensity is medium, this is actually a well balanced Black IPA. Nothing original here, Ive had similar beers many times before, its just that this one is of superior quality. I like a beer that is well balanced in which malts and hops perfectly balance each other, I even like words that are well balanced in which consonants and vowels perfectly balance each other, my favourite one is beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle. Poured black with resilient mocha head that clings to the glass. Aroma is rich malt, chocolate, molasses, slight cream. Taste is burnt chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight resin, chocolate and cream sweetness.


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