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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Named after a 1988 Dodge Cargo Van that was the ideal vessel for hauling gear or stargazing with babes in the back. Big Black Van is a very aromatic Black IPA due to its abundance of New Zealand hops.  75 IBU 7.5% ABV 

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3.9
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
On tap at FFF,this was a interesting take on a black IPA with a bitter yet smoky finish and hardly no head,over not bad.CHEERS!

3.9
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Imperial pint pour at the pub.  Brown black with a creamy head.  Strong citrus hops nose, a little dirty/earthy in there too.  But it’s mostly hidden by those hops. Citrus pine bitterness. Fruity and juicy with a strong hop bite. Sweet roast and malts but really it’s a citrus pine domination.  Tasty.  Big black van  Imperial pint pour at the pub.  Brown black with a creamy head.  Strong citrus hops nose, a little dirty/earthy in there too.  But it’s mostly hidden by those hops. Citrus pine bitterness. Fruity and juicy with a strong hop bite. Sweet roast and malts but really it’s a citrus pine domination.  Tasty.  This is super fresh and judging by some of those ratings these hops will drop off fast. Right now, it’s good stuff.

3.9
Hammy78 (974) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
On draft at the Three Floyds brewpub. Pours a dark ass brown/ black colour with minimal head, small sheet of white head in the middle and around the walls of the glass. Some cascading of lacing here and there. Aroma is initially malt and something else I can’t quite place. Taste is damn malty, and wow a bitter punch on the finish. Interesting.

3.3
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pours opaque brown with light brown head, ok retention. Aroma is very dank citrus, grapefruit, cheesy hops, hints of honey and char. Taste is lightly roasty but mostly cheesy resiny hops. Body is medium, low carbonation, thin mouthfeel, hoppy roasty finish. Overall, this is good but pretty weak considering Black IPA is one of my favorite styles and quite frankly I just expect much better from the Floyds.

3.5
zebra (2165) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
nice paired with the smoked fish. still, the second time i got there the day after they ran out of conquistador.

3.5
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
On tap at the Three Floyds brewpub. Alright, not the biggest fan of the style but if I’m anything I’m open minded. Very dark brown pour that is translucent. The fact that it wasn’t opaque somewhat disappointed me but I’m weird like that so never mind. I WAS BORN THIS WAY OKAY? There is a big thick cream colored head. Aroma of roast, fresh hops, mild citrus and chocolate. The hop notes are pretty fresh, nice, tropical. Flavor is hoppy, bitter, roasty, and nice. Lots of chocolate malt, coffee, bitter citrus and pine hops. Cocoa, earth, grass. I think it works pretty well. Pretty great for a style of which I’m not a big fan.

3.7
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Imperial pint served at the source... Pours a deeper shade of mahogony, mostly opaque although somewhat less dark towards the edges and topped with a creamy stone white head... Green piney citrusy aroma, not getting too much of the new Zealand tropicalness from the region’s hops. Roasted malt and light cocoa coincide with the aformentioned... Flavors are a continuation of the same with a more prevalent emphasis on the roast and chocolate malt while the piney citrus hops take a backseat but remaining fairly assertive. Nice flavor profile overall with a medium to somewhat full body. Nicely executed overall.

4
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Stopped in quick before an eye appt down south. Had to try the Black IPA. Pours a wicked darker black hue, a touch of ruby on the bottom shows some midnight glow throughout, not quite black and not opaque, a moderate cakey lighter brown head sits atop, dies a touch and laces ok. Thicker layer remains, pretty beer. Aromas are a fresh blast of citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit, some tropical essence, lemons, florals, and grass. Gentle resinous pine mixes with a faint roast, pale malts and bread, biscuits, gentle toastiness. Very fruit melange of hoppy goodness. Initial is quite hoppy, a beast of bitter fresh hops up front preach florals and pine, tons of grapefruit, lemons, and grass. Dry and viscious, the beer offering some biscuits and toast into the fold, pale malts, gentle kiss of earthiness, roast doesn’t show (as it should be). Dryness permeates the palate, giving a great hoppy edge to this beer, dominating the palate with some great bitterness lingering on long. Good flavors, perhaps even a bit harsh as far as the hops are concerned, but I very much enjoy it. Finish shows a gentle cocoa element, darker caramel in small amounts. More kisses of cocoa, light earthy roast, but the hops truly dominate this beer. Fresh and vibrant, fruity and earthy, with some shockingly bitter citrusy grapefruit, florals, and resinous pine. I get this. I like this. Very dry and bitter, but peeks of the malt base do peek through into the back and finish, but still remains true to the hops. Really reminds me of the first batch of Sticky Fat but better.. Markably more than the 2nd version of it. Top notch.. Aside from HF, best Black IPA I’ve had. EDIT: And most importantly in line with what this bastard style is SUPPOSED to be.. not just a gimmicky name for a Hoppy Porter.


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