GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4-5 oz pour on draft at Sweetwater Centreville. Clear dark amber brown with light tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, malt, light pine and floral. Tastes of caramel, floral, light citrus, malt, some pine. Medium body with a dry finish. Foxbush (2142) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2014 Draft at the Centreville Location The Black IPA poured a deep black with a tan head and lacing. The nose detects burnt malt and resin. This is a nicely balanced IPA. The hop bitterness is balanced with the roasted malts. The IPA had medium body with average carbonation. The bitterness of an IPA is very present and not lost with the roasted malts. Robust hops lace fresh piney flavors through the dark malts and culminate in a bitter, drying finish that sweeps the tongue clean. Emeister84 (2659) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Aromas of roast, piney hops, and some dark berry fruit. Practically black with some bronze highlights, and a mostly lasting beige head. Dry with a solid balance of fruity yeasts, almost blueberry-esque, dark roasty malts, and bitter hops, a little dirty earth as well. Medium bodied. radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Draft at the Merrifield location. Poured a dark, dark, dark brown color, almost pitch black, creamy off-white head. Aroma was notes of roasted malts, fruity and earthy hop notes, nice balance in aroma between malt and hop that seems to be lost with many black IPAs. Flavor was nice balanced fresh hop notes along side a decent hop character. CH-303 (2407) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Appearance: Very dark brown. Nice tan head.
Aroma: Lots of fruit, hops. Dark malt.
Taste: Nice dark malt, some hops and fruit, sweetness.
Info: Draught, 23/8-2013
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Midnight Rider, draft. Many of the Sweetwater Tavern beers suffer from a homebrew-esque instant-yeastiness and wort-y malts. This tastes more like big-batch beer, however, and after disparaging the brand, I guess I have to accept that I like this offering. Deft hand with the malts, not smoky or overpowering, plenty of hopping and a grassy, pastoral finish that turns rustic with the chocolate of the malt. nimbleprop (8928) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Listed as Midnight Rider Black IPA. 4oz pour at the Lupulin Reunuless at RFD DC. Pours an opaque black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is very approachable, fruity, hoppy, pepper, limes, oranges. Flavor is light, hops, pine, lightly sweet, some caramel. Medium bodied, lightly sweet finish. Flavor is restrained but still drinkable. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap at The Brickskeller on December 9, 2010.
Pours near black with a low tan head and a collar with a bunch of big bubbles floating around. The nose brings some pine and citrus notes along with some light roast. Everything blends together quite well and fits the style without just being an IPA that happens to be black.
The taste is quite a bit lighter, though the 85 IBUs can be felt along with some nice resiny hops and a bit of roast. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry finish. This was a pretty solid brew and from the way it was talked about on stage, I assume this will be brewed again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-10-2010