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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black IPA doesn’t quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something that’s black also be described as pale? Noonan is our interpretation of a New England original, the Black IPA. Dark like a porter, but hoppy like an IPA, this seemingly contradictory beer style originated in 1994, in Burlington, Vermont by brewer Glenn Walters and under the watchful eye of Greg Noonan. Greg was many things, a brewing pioneer and author, founder of three brewpubs, 2005 Russell Scherer award winner and genealogist. When Greg passed away suddenly, Smuttynose’s brewing team wanted to brew a beer in his memory and this was the result. We hope you find it a worthy tribute as well. Noonan (the beer) looks like an ordinary porter or stout, until you get the pint up to your nose. You can’t avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but there’s virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, you’ll notice that the beer doesn’t taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, you’ll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Don’t worry that’s by design; it’s also what we love about the beer.

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4.2
nearbeer (5600) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2014
12 oz.bb 08/05/14. Opaque with a lasting thin creamy film on top. Delicious aroma is a blend of caramel, orange, resin, espresso and chocolate. Taste is resin, citrus zest, caramel coffee and unsweetened chocolate. The medium body is velvety smooth with low carbonation and an excellent balance.

3.3
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Ain’t had a "new" Smuttynose for a while. Gonna have one now. This one’s got a dark mahogany body, nearly completely opaque, with a real skinny little light brown head. Lots of lace, nonetheless. In the aroma, the malt is bittersweet chocolate with some ash. The hops are mainy zesty. The ash is gone from the flavor and the zesty, earthy bitterness increases as I drink further. Nice, that bitterness. The finish is very dry and has a prolonged zesty bitterness. Not too shabby.

3.9
superspak (6000) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass; best before 7/23/2014, 6.2%. Pours moderately murky nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice malt driven black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
NikkTwist (3341) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at Strangeloves. Black pour. Pint. Started with a large frothy tan head. Lots of dark roasted flavors. Frothy chocolate mousse. Coffee liquor. There are grassy notes off the top that quickly disappear under the strong dark malt flavors. Liquorice. Charcoal grill. Smoked Tootsie Rolls. Like the darkness, but some of the underlying flavors feel raw and out of control. Might mellow and smooth out with age. As is now, feels too combative and uneven - yet ambitious enough to try and try again.

3
cmiller54hr (48) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours dark like cola. Smells very roasty and chocolatey like a stout or porter. Still has a hoppy taste though. Good brew just not my idea of an ipa

3.6
DialSquare (5129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
12oz bottle from Lucky’s Market on N. High. Near black pour with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is spicy, herbal, chocolate, citrus. Tastes are burnt, cocoa, coffee, oak, background ashy. Bitter, herbal finish. On the malty side overall. Well built for sure - don’t know if I’d seek it out.

3.8
kaser (6378) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Dearer pious at cheesies with my friend Nate. Black pour with crey off white head. S'mores and biscuits. Malts. Choclate. Complex beer and delicious. Love it

3.9
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Very dark in color with a frothy, big-bubbled, tan head. Sweet and sugary nose. Sharp, dark-grain bite along with some assertive hops. Grassy and rind-like bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Caramel/Crystal malt sweetness is more than I’d prefer, but it wasn’t bad. Overall, it’s a bold and tasty black IPA.

4.1
Chudwick (3363) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
12oz bottle (best by 8/13/14) into Le Duvel - nose is slight roast, grass, caramel, and lemon. Crisp and refreshing on the front end, yet bold and full of roasted coffee on the back end. A truly marvelous style that has been done right with a label worthy of a Struise. All kinds of bitterness (dark chocolate and hoppy) with inferior sweetness. On a side note, rating beers styles you like from breweries you like whilst on a philosophical reevaluating quest makes for inflated ratings.

4.1
ads135 (5010) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Black and rich. Lots of piney hops, but the roasted nuttiness and chocolate is what makes this beer great.


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