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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (3247) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours almost black with a big tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, toast, lightly bitter notes, burnt grains. Taste is burnt toast, some bitter citrus/grass, chocolate, coffee, light earthy maduro tobacco, mild bitter notes.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3230) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line - Pours black with a thin tan pour. Nose is ashy dry malt. The hops arent that pungent--a little herbal and grassy. Taste is dry, ashy malt, a bit of burned wood, and a bitter, roasty finish. Thin and watery, both in body and taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
12oz Bottle, purchased at Yankee Spirits - S. Attleboro, MA. Chalky chocolate nose, edge in cedar and dark toast. Creamy, fresh dark malts up front, a passing thought of kiwi, and a graceful closing in grassy, earthy hops. Oddly middling for Smuttynose. The hops crank up a bit in the finish, adding some grapefruit pith and tea. Otherwise, reasonably soft. Well made, for sure, but perhaps not the most exciting recipe.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3165) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottled. Black pour light beige head dark roastmalts and piney hops are predominant. Light espresso.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (3160) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a deep rich black color with a two finger khaki foam. Big roasty nose with touches of earthy forest floor and bright grassy pine hops. The palate follows the nose nicely with great mouthfeel and spot on flavors. Great black IPA !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Nice hoppy aroma with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is crisp and clean. A bit on the thin side though. Pours black with an off white head giving it a nice contrast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (3073) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
[bottle from Bier Cellar] Potent hops aroma with pine and then grapefruit peel and then some tropical Amarillo-esque note in front of faint coffee and dark toast. Opaque black with ruddy brown highlights under a persistent, light brown cover and lace. Hops flavour and then assertive bitterness up front in the taste followed by subtle dark chocolate. Pine, grapefruit peel, apricot, faint tropical fruits. Not quite smooth, not quite crisp feel, medium to light body moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (3044) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandman (2933) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2011
Cask ta GBBF. Black body offwhite head. Lots of berries and piney hops in aroma. Slight roastiness too. Quite nice black IPA. Easy for one, I think.


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