Brewed by Kichesippi Beer Company
Style: Black IPA
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 76   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
This beer arrives annually to Ottawa in mid January and is gone before spring arrives. The style is Cascadian Dark Ale, also known as a Black IPA or an American Black Ale. The pitch black colour introduces you to roasted malt avours, but with a major hop presence you would expect from an IPA. At 6.4% and 76 IBUs, you can appreciate this beer being described as bitter, strong and black. What the heck is a Wuchak? Wuchak is a term used by First Nations People and over time, wuchak was slowly transformed into the term - woodchuck. When you drive around Ottawa, you will often notice these groundhogs (aka woodchucks) popping up out of their burrows along the Queensway and the Hunt Club parkway.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1832) - Gatineau, Quebec, - FEB 1, 2013
En ft au Hintonburg Public House. Couleur brune trs fonc, mousse beige mince. Arme de noix rtis, houblon et grains. En bouche, torrfaction, houbon, belles saveurs, un peu mince mais bonne buvabilit. Excellente avec le burger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (838) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Can from Superstore. Clear dark mahogany with a creamy khaki coloured head that fades slowly leaving some patchy lace. Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with some pine resin lingering in the back along with a bit of vanilla and some fruit. Flavour starts a little sweeter than expected with a light+ molasses followed by a slightly more pronounced bitterness that doesnt quite build to where I would expect it. Mouth is medium slick with slightly soft carbonation and a finish that is more sweet than bitter. 7/4-/6/3+/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9634) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2016
Cannette de 473ml via trade, merci Asheft - Alex. Brune fonce, presque noire, col caf au lait assez pais. Arme offre des effluves clairement orientes sur le malt grill accompagn dune fine note de chocolat. Le houblon perce en rtro et dgage des notes de fleuri et lger citronn. Palais est grill avec un fini ax sur le ct poussireux voire de cendres. Caramel lger en rtro avec un houblonn qui reste plutt discret. Ce dernier se caractrise par un fruit citronn-agrumes assez marqu voire une pointe de pin et lger rsineux en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11646) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2016
LCBO can. Syrupy malty beginning, with dry finish. The ingredients are here, but the integration and flavour is lacking. Lots of lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (897) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
473ml can. Clear dark cola body, medium mocha head with head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, blackberry jam, leaves, hints of leather and some hops. Taste of burned toast, caramel, wood charcoal, pine. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Canmoore (450) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2016
Pours jet black with a huge brown head. Aroma includes notes of toasty malts, chocolate, nuts, and a hint of citrus. Tasting notes include burnt grain, dark chocolate, nuts, pine resin. The pakte is warm, and slick. The beer finishes with citrus bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (558) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
A thin tan head on a dark body with a soft chocolate and cream nose. The citrus hops lead the profile and mix well with the chocolate and mild coffee elements. It has a solid body but the taste profile could have more depth to it. There is a touch of extra sweetness this time around, it seems.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Dark body, tan head, some lace. Roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate with inviting hop presents (sic). Rich, bitter forefront yielding to smooth, balanced aftertaste. Slightly oily in mouth with a nip of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3597) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
473 ml can from LCBO. Pours a dark brown colour with orangey edges and modest-sized light tan head. Aroma is earthy and roasty with some light citric notes. Flavour is roasty with coffee and cocoa along with a solid earthy and slightly piney/citric bitterness. Medium plus body. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CurbDog (119) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2015
Big tan head, lots of lacing. Very dark brown / black colour. Aroma of roast, chocolate, searching for hops but coming up short, somewhat odd pork aroma. Matching flavours, earthy hops, light mint, spice and pine. Slight astringency (most likely from the roast malts and possibly hops). Medium mouthfeel, slightly sweet finish balanced with a lingering bitterness. Light medicinal / aspirin aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheKeywork (61) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
Black IPA that does not have the same burnt taste as most black IPAs. Tasty but fades out quickly on the back end.

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