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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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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jcnielsen (3416) - 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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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.

4
Johnsense (1800) - - 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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UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, 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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marcus (10866) - 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.

4
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, I’ve had similar beers many times before, it’s 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”.

4
djroehler (292) - 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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musinj6 (510) - 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.

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thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Tap/can. (From notes) Pours a deep brown to black. Aroma is roasted coffee/chocolate and a thick dankish hop. Taste is the best Black IPA i’ve pretty much ever had. Hoppy, bitter, dry, chocolate, light roast coffee.

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kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 On tap at Crooked Pint. Deep mahogany with a light brown foam. Nice citrus hop aroma. Medium body. Nice mix of pine hop bitterness and chocolate. Well balanced and very enjoyable.


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