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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Belgian-inspired Black Ale with herbal, toasted aroma. Medium body, smooth texture, with bitter chocolate flavor in full support of the Ardennes yeast character. Long dry finish, turns from sweet to bitter.

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BlackBeerPG (1015) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Taste: big toasty dark chocolate malts, Belgian bready notes, burnt toffee, coffee. Same with the nose. Black/Brown in color, mostly opaque. Medium almost full body. Rich mouthfeel. 28 IBUs

3.8
nuplastikk (6633) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Tap at Penrose. Deep brown body. Amber stained-glass edges. Big, creamy, foamy beige head. Quite nice. The wheat adds some creaminess to the body. The buckwheat tones are slightly reminiscent of Sara, which is great. More of a sessionable Belgian Brown than a Belgian Black. Very nice.

3.8
napdynmite (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2015
I’m a fan of this. Somewhere between a stout and a black IPA. The flavor changes with subsequent sips and as it warms. Intriguing.

3.8
drdisque (903) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
On tap at emporium. Pours almost stout-like dark. Flavor is sweet, complex toasted malt. Somewhat creamy. A little slick mouthfeel. Very nice beer.

3.6
ccex (1400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Sampled at Morton Arboretum Craft Beer Festival. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma is full of spices, bread, and spices. Taste is on the bitter side, with some roastiness coming through, but less than expected for something this dark. Body is lighter than expected. Nothing too complex. I hadn’t heard of this local brewery before, and enjoyed the chance to meet them. I’ll check out their other offerings, based on this first sample.

3.1
crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Draft. Dark brown pour. Herbs and some slight spice in the aroma. Flavor is candied fruits and again herbs .

3.5
kaser (6469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
Dark pour from draft at sheffields. Off white head. Malty cereal and cinnamon spicy taste. Pretty good

3.7
tmoreau (4808) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2014
On tap at Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton, IL., and dispensed to a large, brewery logoed snifter, displaying an opaque, black/brown color, with a very frothy & creamy, tan head, and lacing that persistently coated, and spiraled down the interior of the glass. The nose presented a touch of roastiness, baker’s chocolate, malty creaminess, a hint of yeasty must, a bit of leafy mint, and herbs. The taste continued with a medium body, carbonation that showed a lively nature, a pleasant, smoothing creaminess, and assertive bitterness that incorporated earthy & dry astringency, and a touch of char that together, lingered into the finish. No sweetness was noticed at all. Initial apprehension subsided, as the flavor notes seemed to meld and become more favorable as the tasting continued, resulting in an interesting, and rather flavorful experience.

3.3
0beronKenobi (3) - - APR 1, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 I’ve enjoyed several of these at the Taproom, locally and via growler. Nice, rich dark colors and roasted flavors. Not too complex on the palate and maybe a bit light and thinner than I’d like in a belgian dark but overall very drinkable at 6%. I could see more malt/spice depth and a bit more time would step this one up even further. I do like the P-2 and Proto Gradus a bit more than this one from Penrose though a couple of my buddy’s say they like it best.

3.3
Awktoberfest (415) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Very roasty. Maybe not very but definitely roasty. You pick up quite easily on a coffee or chocolate. Gets better as you enjoy it. A beer you could enjoy in that it offers a complex and multifaceted drinking experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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