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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black IPA doesnt quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something thats 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, Smuttynoses 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 cant avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but theres virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, youll notice that the beer doesnt taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, youll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Dont worry thats by design; its also what we love about the beer.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3669) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2014
bottle-purchased at total wine in springfield, va March 2014 Pours almost pitch black with a small lite tan head and sparse lacing. nose is huge roast, burnt notes with a nice note of piney hops. flavors of deep char, smoke, dark chocolate but just lots of burnt notes and piney hops. this is how i want my black ipas big and robust! lots of char and piney hops on the finish. this is a very solid black ipa here! i dig this alot. body is slick with medium carbonation. solid black ipa if you ask me! maybe since they make an awesome porter and a soild ipa, this came out as good as it did.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3650) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Augustines, RBYC 2014 bar crawl spot #1. Nic ehop aroma. Orange cream sickle. Roasty malt flavor. Bending towards the cocoa and chocolate side of the equation. After the aroma though there is not a big hop flavor profile until it warms up a bit. Sticky orange flavors. Well done black ipa, an admittedly tough style to do.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle courtesy of AirForceHops. Sweet chocolate and roasty malt, subtle piney hops aroma. Dark brown with a huge tan head, some light flocculation. Chocolate malt, roasty/ashy., and herbal piney hops flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3618) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Roasted malt and pine aromas. Roasted malt and pine flavors with some bitter dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Medium body.with average carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 Id prefer, but it wasnt bad. Overall, its a bold and tasty black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3465) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2013
pint at Tylers. good aroma, sweet, roasty. chocolate, pine, . dark orangy brown color, good initial head, faded quick, spotty lace. bitter flavor. medium body, bitter finish. pretty good. nice roasty black ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3439) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, and pine. Taste of roasted malt, burnt toast, pine, and an aftertaste of toffee. Solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (3380) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 5, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Deep brown to near black pour with a tremendous, lasting brown head. Laces. The aroma has a keen mixture of dark roasted malts and more earthy hops. Yet the taste comes across as far more piney and bitter with the hops. Medium body. Nice tribute beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (3305) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. A black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, hoppy, some bitterness. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Dguste en ft au Farmhouse Tap & Grill Burlington, VT. De couleur brune trs fonce et opaque. Nez de malt rti, de houblon floral, moyennement citrique et fruit (agrumes) avec des notes herbeuses et rsineuses, lger de chocolat avec des notes de caf. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen-doux ainsi quune texture lgrement crmeuse. Got moyennement amer de houblon floral, lgrement citrique et aux notes fruites (agrumes et zeste - une amertume prsente toute la gorge) avec des notes de pain grill lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got de malt rti avec des notes de chocolat noir puis en finale lamertume de houblon prend une tournure plus herbeuse et asschante avec des notes rsineuses et galement quelques notes de caf sont prsentes. Post-got long et plutt sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux, lgrement floral et citrique avec un lger got rti ainsi quavec des notes fruites (zeste dagrumes). (3 avril 2013)


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