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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours pitch black with a thick light tan head and sticky lacing through out the entire glass, aroma has a good amount of citrus and pine with a kick of chocolate as well, flavor is of more roast and chocolate on the front end with some pine and hops in the finish, pretty solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2860) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque, brown-black with a 1 to 2-finger tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, toffee and floral hops. Lots of malt and roastiness with plenty of blended in such that the individual hop aromas tend to blend together. Taste of roasted malt, pine, chocolate, coffee, toffee and grapefruit. Lots roastiness and malt balanced by strong hop flavors. Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2011
Cask @ GBBF 2011. A black colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of dark malts and fruits like prunes. Some bitter. The taste is some sweet moving to bitter. Some spices in the back. The aftertaste is bitter with spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2797) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle pours deep amber, thin tan head with a thick lacing coat. Nose is of light roast and some citrus. Taste has strong bitterness, not much from the malts and a heavy presnce of citrus that lingers on the finish. Body is medium. I wish there was a bit more presence from the malts. If you did not look at it youd think it was just another ho hum IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2787) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle->shaker. Black with thick tan head. Aroma: malt and hops, good balance with nothing standing out over another. Taste has a hop bite, bitter and smoky.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2769) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, pine hops, citrus, & light chocolate notes; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, light dark chocolate, and citrus; Finish is bitter; Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2739) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted cereal for the malt, pine and resin for the hops, faint soap for the yeast, with hints of wood and charcoal. Head is small, fizzy, lightly brown with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, watery with a lively carbonation. A really nice Black IPA with great balance between malt and hops.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2687) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle from Garden City. Dark dark brown with lasting tan head and lace. fresh hop and roasted coffee aroma. Very mild sweet mocha with subdued dark fruity sweetness and very dry assertive roasty woody hop finish. Nice medium sessionable palate with enough carbo to accentuate the hops. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2613) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2013
Draft at pony bar NYC. Deep black cloudy color. Lots of lace on the side. Taste is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Awesome black iPa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 4/4/2013 Total Score: 3.8
Draft at pony bar NYC. Deep black cloudy color. Lots of lace on the side. Taste is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Awesome black iPa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2611) - New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
acrid black ash with hardly dicernable licorice, coffee and cocoa. some sweetness and A bit of grapefruit hop.


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