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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This black lager combines a big roasted malt character with plentiful additions of aromatic hops. Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Cluster in the kettle, hopback and dry hop additions add a piney, resinous and light citrusy flavor and aroma. A bitter finish contrasts the full malty body. OG 16 Plato. March release.

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3.6
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
7th September 2014
Almost opaque dark brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is crispy and semi dry. Roasty dark malts but delivered in a light and smooth fashion. Touch of dry dark chocolate. Good light piney hops, trace of citrus. Light dry finish. Stands on the cusp of being a CDA I would venture. Very drinkable.

4
Idiosynkrasie (7533) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
500ml bottle. Jet black colour with huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting and lacing, beige head. Black IPA-ish aroma, roasty dark malty, dark chocolately and resinous hoppy notes converge into green onion flavours; overall there’s a predominance on the richer malty side, delivering additionally hints of coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate. Taste is bitter hoppy, roasty dark malty, hints of dark chocolate, cold mocha, an earthy, resinous hoppy touch, some citrusy hoppy overtones as well, even a salty touch of liquorice. Very well balanced, at the same time diversified, oscillating between different flavours, delivering new subset combinations with every sip, depending on the focus of your advertency - too complex to determine the flavours all at once.

4
RexTalionis (3763) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark mahogny in color with an off-white head. Upfront you get chocolate, dark roasted malts, floral notes and forresty pine in aroma. Roasted malts, coffee and burnt wood in taste with a nice bitterness backing it up. Quite smooth mouthfeel too. Then there’s that grapefruit bitterness and toffee sweetness mixed together with coffee and pine in the finish. Really nice and delicious brew.

4.1
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Awesome. Clear brown, beige head. Great balance of hops, some light smoke, roast. Tasty.

3.9
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Smell bright roasty hoppy clean nice. Taste same. Light roasty flavor body.Very nice stuff.

3.9
edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine malts and floral. Taste is malts, citrus and pine.

3.7
KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Pitch black with a pretty, high, tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, coffee, and hops, citrus and pine. Full flavor, chocolate dominates but a good deal of roasty coffee as well, more than I prefer, actually, and great hops all around. Bitter hop and roast finish. It is interesting to try to think about the lager characteristics of this. Definitely drinks like a black IPA. Enjoyable.

3.8
Concealer (1247) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark brown with a foamy, tan head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, pine, coffee, and light grapefruit. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, pine, coffee and light dark fruit notes. Medium bodied, crisp with a dry and bitter finish. Lingering roastiness.

3.8
drsandman (1470) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours a deep black with small beige head. Aroma is woody cedar, pine hop, smoke, grassy hop, cocoa, coffee, caramel. Flavor is medium bitter, smokey, fresh grassy pine hop. Med mouthfeel, sweet chocolate / cocoa / and pine hop dry bitter finish.

3.5
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours very dark brown with medium beige head. Good lacing. Some resin. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, fruits, coffee. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, bitterness, a tad harsh. Palate: Medium body. Soft carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall: A tad harsh. Nice malt features.


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