RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The first brew in the new "Ales From The Dark Side" series, Black Perle is 90-minute, octo-hopped, dark IPA that weighs in at 9.5%abv and named for the German bittering hops, Perle, that were addede during the beers unusually long 90-minute boil.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3709) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Pours black with a thin mocha head. Aroma isnt too bold but has some roastiness...chocolate and caramel but not sweet. Flavor is more hoppy than the aroma suggests...nice bitterness...still roasty with bitter darrk chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and silky and the finish is hoppy and burnt...dry and lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2344) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pours medium dirty motor oil black brown with a quick khaki head that dissipates to a wispy film and tight collar. Aroma is rich roasted burnt malt with a little coco and coffee grounds and dark fruit and hops. Taste is bitter and earthy floral hops with more rich chocolatey malt and coffee notes. Palate is full and piercing bitterness that ends chalky and dry. Very nice, very close to being a hop forward complex imperial stout, non the less very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6620) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Draft at Taphouse. Black as black can be with a porter-like head. In fact, this beer drinks in all ways like a big, chalky porter ... except for an assault of bitter hoppiness at the end. 9.5%? Wow ... didnt sense that at all, so that makes it dangers. Im sorry, I dont get this whole black IPA kick. This wouldve been a really, really good porter, but IMHO is too aggressively over-hopped for the big, roasty base. Cut it out, people. (#4417, 12/21/2011)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a medium-sized tan head that left some nice lacing. Aroma is lots of roasted malt and chocolate with few hops in evidence. They come out more in the flavor -- grassy, a little resinous -- but this is still a very mild IPA. Really more of a less complex imperial stout, perhaps? Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the finish is a bit astringent. Tasty and drinkable despite the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
The aroma is mostly coffee with some floral notes. The beer pours a opaque black with a thick tan head. The taste is of strong bitter coffee with some light floral hops. Clean and good. A delicious take on a beer that is mostly stout with a strong hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10562) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bomber. First off, I love these waxed bombers, and the periwinkle blue wax on this, coupled with the great blue/black label design, makes this one of the better looking bombers Ive ever seen. The pour is jet black, thich, with 1-finger of well retained and creamy tan head. Definite 5 for look here. Nose is heavy roasty chocolate and patent malts, creamy lactose, substantial resiny hops. Tastes very malty, very rich and blackstrap molasses-like, almost to the cloying point. The resiny hops are there, making this an Alpha Klaus clone of sorts. Well hidden alcohol, and the palate thins out a bit late. Still, this one was pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle. Toted as an IPA - this is much closer to a weak imperial stout. Smells like chocolate and hops, touch of grapefruit and grass. Taste is rich and smooth, very fresh hoppy tasting. Really easy to drink, pretty complex. Decent beer actually; I was debating buying it @ $9 a bomber, but its worth it to help "local" guys. I would buy it again if it was in six packs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
22 oz capped and waxed bottle courtesy of Suttree. Pour is a hazed dark brown chestnut with a well formed one inch khaki head. Aroma is pine hops, sweet citrus hops and a roasted maltiness. There is also a cocoa milk chocolate present. Unique nose, particularly with the sweet citrus. Taste is pine and cocoa nibs right away, followed by some orange fruit and orange peel, finishing dry with more pine - finish has gin qualities. After taste has a bit of a dry dark chocolate to it. The flavors are clean, though not really all that integrated. I am not sure the flavors combinations are working for my tastes. Palate is medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation and dry finish. The alcohol is only evident in the dry after taste. Interesting take on the style, thanks Phil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
bottle... light black with a tan head, about two fingers of full retention, great lacing... super roasted nose, lots of chocolate, no hops, but smells great... the taste brings about more balance as the hops come in to play to give a roasted and hop bitter, more chocolate as well... this is a really nice black ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle to pint glass. Pours an opaque black with little chunks in bottom. Has a very sweet taste to it, but some hop afterbite. Really smells like wine.

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