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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This black ale was brewed in collaboration with a Norwegian brewery, Lervig, and the Norwegian black metal band, 1349. Intended as a cross between a double stout and an IPA, 1349 Black Ale has a rich, dry malt character that isn’t very roasty. The hop notes are intended to be piney and spruce-like and the mouthfeel is intended to be dry and astringent. Ethiopian coffee and blackstrap molasses are added in the whirlpool and are treated as layers, not a focal point, while Equinox hops were used as a dry-hop. The label art for the bottles is Plague on the Stairs (1896) by Norwegian artist Theodore Kittelsen.

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4.2
wxman (1870) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2016
On tap at Global Brew. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin almost non-existent light tan head. Aroma is dark fruit and coffee. Taste is sweet burnt malt, molasses, raisins, dark baker’s chocolate and espresso coffee. This is kick ass good.

3.9
Homer321 (5255) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle from a trade. Nose is mostly coffee and deep cocoa with light tar and almost smoke. Taste is very molasses and earthy. Sticky. Not much coffee. Lots of alcohol warming. Pretty tasty. Very complex.

3.7
tmoreau (4818) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Shared waxed cap, 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a black/brown hue, with a healthy layer of tan head foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was dark roasted, mocha notes, hop cones & herbs/hooch, toffee & treacle that also expressed some sweetness, with a bit of dark fruit as plum & prune. The taste was similar, continued sweet, boozy & warming, and added a medium peppery, roasted & earthy bitterness that lingered. Medium bodied, with fair carbonation. Decent Black IPA.

3.3
wchesser (2180) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Dark brown with no lacing. Nose of burnt sugar and light smoke. Taste is very bitter and astringent with flavors of burnt sugar, light smoke, rotting wood, bitter hops, and some diacetyl.

3.7
Thisis12ptfont (1241) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Aroma deep roasted coffee, black malts, black licorice, chocolate, motor oil, and malt syrup. Pours black with a thin tan foam and heavy lace. Taste is extremely roast forward with notes of charcoal, campfire roast, harsh roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, dirt, chalky cocoa and roasted dark malts. Finishes boozy and extremely dry. Impressive beer but a bit to harsh and roast forward.

4.5
drpimento (3875) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Really good brew. Pretty much follows the brewer’s deScription. Flavor’so excellent. A share from friend Beck.

3.9
Nsanders (1193) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Waxed top bomber. Black with a big brown head and heavy lacing. Alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Intensely sweet with a bitter coffee finish. Heavy body with a syrupy feel.

3.7
ryanfolty (2659) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2015
October 9, 2015 - bottle from Lake Liquors. Black pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was chocolate, coffee and light hops. Taste was strong on the molasses with some chocolate and coffee. There was some roast, but it was sugary sweet. Finish was dry and had a very mild bitterness.

4.7
tennisjoel (1508) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2015
I passed on this beer for awhile due to the price. But at clearance price of around $13 I decided to bite. Boy I am glad I did. This beer pour is black with an attractive creamy khaki colored head. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, fig, pine, and coffee. Mouthfeel and appearance on this are perfection. Silky smooth going down, and booze level is barely noticed. The taste starts out sweet but is balanced and complimented so well with the coffee finish. World class beer in my opinion, I think it is on par with and even better than many Darkness vintages. I may have to pick up another bottle of this if it stays on special.

4.7
ronaldtheriot (2041) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Surly/Lervig 1349 has a thick, beige head, a dark brown (almost black) appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, dark, malt, dark coffee, some chocolate, oats, citrus rind, and hop resins. Taste is of those elements, with even more roasted malt and coffee. Mouthfeel is velvety and high medium, and Surly/Lervig 1349 finishes dry and warming (from the high abv). RJT


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