RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Black as a cold winter night, this beer was designed to fit the season instead of conforming to the rules of any style category. The unique blend of seemingly enless ingredients include: toasted hemp seeds, oats, malted rye, wheat, Amarillo and Citrahops and a Belgian yeast strain. Don’t be afraid of the myriad of flavors in the balanced black ale as it is deceivingly soft and sessionable especially during the dark days of winter.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2012
The hemp seeds have a slightly sour taste on the back end. It’s a light and clean beer throughout, but was disappointing overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1595) - Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Black but somewhat transparent with red.Mild head. Slightly sweet and bready,very slightly nutty and very faint esters for being a blegian yeast. Taste is med/light bodied slight fruityness bitter sweet with very light chocolate/coffee notes faintly nutty with a good bittering and roasty.Pretty clean and tasty really. Balanced well and good sessionability. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1958) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Tasted from bottle into standard pint glass. Poured a very, very dark brown color with fluffy off-white foam, long-lasting with good lace. Strong, pleasant aromas of roasted grains, fresh-baked bread, fruitcake, some citrusy hops. Fruity and dry dark ale flavors reminiscent of Smithwicks or Black Toad, but much hoppier. I like the idea of brewing with hemp seeds, but I thinks it’s mainly a marketing angle. Botanically, hemp is nearly interchangeable with hops, so there isn’t much too distinguish this from a recipe with an equal amount of hops instead. Light-medium body, slick mouthfeel, fruity and refreshing aftertaste. Overall, tasty and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle at The Anchor, Wichita, KS. Pours thick black with an aroma of lipstick and roasted malt. Flavor is earthy licorice hops. Watery mouthfeel. Skunk weed?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
12oz bottle 11/20/11 (Binny’s Naperville Single Rack)-42° in Lager Glas-Pours a dark brown almost balck with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and hops, Taste of hops, chocolate, and roasted malt. This full bodied brew does not fit any category but is still quite tasty and well balanced,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2011
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Bottle aged from last winter. Pours a very dark black with almost no head. Aroma of roasty coffee malt and some slighlty sweet citrus hops. Taste starts lightly sweet and ends lightly bitter. Taste of oats, honey and a slight aftertaste of coffee. Medium-full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long sweet finish. Overall, not too bad. Nothing I would seek out but probably something to try at least once. I’ve really never had anything quite like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Draft... Dark mahogany with clear amber on the sides, a nice last light tan head... Light nose of barley, molasses and bit of chocolate on the finish... The taste is ok, molasses with a weird finish that’s distracting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13488) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours a near black with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes, caramel and bitter hops. The taste is big citrus notes, some spicy rye, some roast and caramel. Medium bodied. Good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (6318) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is similar with some hops. Pretty good, interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1575) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Pours a black color with a light tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, slight roasted malts, slight bit of rye, and a hint of citrus hops. Flavor is watered down with mostly chocolate, toasted and roasted malts. No lingering flavor.

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