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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Pitch black is designed as a dark beer that any beer drinker can enjoy. Although the color is black, the beer drinks smooth and finishes clean. Subtle notes of smoke and roast balanced by a gentle malt body and crisp hop finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2013
On tap at beer dinner. Pours opaque black with thin off-white head. Thin roast/smokey aroma. Flavor light salt, caramel carried by light body. Dry finish. This drinks almost like a lager. I wanted a deeper flavor and more body.

yespr (48917) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2017
From tap. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty. Breadish. Bitter and toasted malty. Dry , bitter and breadish finish.

ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2017
Draught at the brewery, 5/26/17.
Is indeed quite black. Undetermined clarity (assumedly clear) with a light tan head atop showing moderate-to-strong retention.
Quite dry and moderately roasty in the nose, but no sign of any caramel or much base malt at all. It’s like a light porter with a bit of gentle fruitiness and debittered black malt. A touch of lactic character, even, from the dark malts with little/no hop character (light herbal qualities at most) and no alcohol or flaw.
Dry again in the mouth with plentiful, fairly engaging carbonation and a good deal of roast. Never gets fatiguing though it does remain dry and even lactic on the finish with only a bit of honey and caramel below it for balance. Still, it’s clean and polished and there’s no butter, alcohol or messy hop acid. Easy drinking stuff and great attenuation. Could use a bit more malt softness, I suppose.

JStax (7309) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Draft sample at the source. The beer is a dark brown with a khaki head of foam. The aroma is toasty coffee at first, then a big bitterness. Some chocolate. Earthy tea notes. Almost smoky. A moderate fruit aspect as well. Medium body and medium carbonation.

kevinsenn (2310) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2016
On tap at Lost Nation. Roasty aroma with slight vegetable notes. Smoky smoky taste, toasty as well, with chocolate notes. Not the best, but certainly enjoyable.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 12, 2016
Where and how: on tap at Brewery
Aroma: Swartz, smooth character , moist, clean and approachable. 7+
Appearance :
Top: medium tanned cap with rings on glass .
Base: clear? , brown.
Palate : medium bodied, easy going, mellow, shorter finish.
Taste: smoked porter notes, smooth mellow clean vibe. Non of heft but does not feel empty either.
other notes solid brew.

PhillyCraft (8200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2016
On tap at the source, pours black with small head, not much lacing. Notes are light chocolate, creamy malt, and pumpernickel bread. Light to medium body with lighter carbonation.

punkska101 (2194) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
[email protected] pub A: Smoky, roasty, light chocolate app: pitch black minimal beige head med body short sweet finish. O: ok. The smoked malt ruin it all sadly and I tend to like porter a lot

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Sample glass at Growler Garage. They had it labeled as a black IPA, but I see it labeled here as a porter and the more I think about it during my tasting, I have to agree with ratebeer. I think the bar has it wrong, anyways, here’s the rest. The appearance was a black color with a bar pour’s kind of head (rating adjusted accordingly). The smell had some roasty chocolatey malts with some coffee beans. There’s a nice sweet chocolatey aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs good as a Porter. I’d have again, good stuff, but not a Black IPA.

bigda83 (879) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Sample at the source. Pours a black color with nearly no head and very clear looking. Aromas hit the nose with coffee and caramel. Flavor follows the nose and is sweet. Light body and super thin texture for something listed as a porter. I was thinking it was more like a brown or possibly black ipa. Super thin and watery for a porter. Average carbonation and slight bitter finish.

AirForceHops (8034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Sample at LN. Indeed pitch black color, fast dying head. Aroma is ashy. Roasted grain and chocolate. The flavor starts ashy then turns into a light chocolate. Body is about right for the gravity, lean. Light lingering charred grain finish.

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