RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A hefty Black Ale with profound malt and hop complexity. Neither Stout nor Porter, it will be its own thing full-bodied, bold and black. Flavor characteristics of dark chocolate, mocha, molasses and dark fruits. Balanced by piney citrusy notes of Pacific Northwest hops. Full-bodied and uncommonly satisfying at 7.5% alcohol.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ffaoe (619) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2017
interesting malty and hoppy aromas. pitch black in color with huge foamy brown head. medium to full body. taste is malty with chocolate and light coffee flavors as well as slight piney/resinous hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1378) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Aroma is roasted malt, almost with a cocoa maltiness, and a nice hop balance (reminds of that classic Sierra Nevada hop). Taste is a malty black IPA that finishes dry with solid hop balance. Lots of flavor. Cocoa maltiness and piney hop finish may even be too dry, but overall this is a nice beer from two roads. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5712) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle. Nose very piny, big resin and spice, big roast and astringency, sweet with grapefruit, citrus, a little dough. Pour medium brown but darkens in the glass, head light brown and sudsy. Taste medium bitter and medium sweet, very raspy but not harsh, sticky with resin and malt, sticky bitter hops in the finish, strong PNW character but blunted a bit for baser characteristics. The roast and burned notes come through nice and strong but theres unwanted astringency from more than one source and even a bit of rubber glove in the aftertaste. Not too much of a matter, though, as the rough wood and citrus blend well and accommodate the ash and light berry. Full-bodied but very heavy. Black Sun its not, but theres room for this one, or perhaps a tweaked descendant. [2017.01.27: 3.4]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tommynh (112) - - JAN 19, 2017
Had from draft at RRT, very nice, a dark color but not very heavy in taste, a bit sweet but not too much. Not bad aftertaste and overall a good beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Larry_Duffman (471) - - JAN 8, 2017
I had it from the can. Its roasted coffee, smoke, and hops. Its pretty bitter. It was pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6688) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2017
12 oz can shared by a friend, thanks Mike J! Black with light tan head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, roasty notes. Tastes of roast, light pine, some caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (1493) - Beckley, USA - JAN 4, 2017
black color; aroma is a mix of dark, roasted malt and piney hops with fruit and caramel notes; flavor is much the same - dark malt with chocolate and coffee notes with a good deal of piney, citrusy hops with some fruit notes; bitter finish; kind of a mix of a porter and a black IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slubgob (317) - West Hartford, USA - JAN 1, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2017 Drank out of bottle. Coffee, toffee, and pine nose. In the mouth, balance of malt and bracing but not overwhelming hops. Finishes with a bit of malty sweet and blooming one. The effect is a mix of a big brown slew mixed with a restrained IPA. Quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17Beer (285) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Malt and brown bread aromas. Pours dark dark brown with a big frothy brown head. Sweet licorice and toast flavors. Fizzy mouthfeel with a sour long hoppy finish. Starts like a stout and lingers like and IPA. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (3269) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Near black pour with modest tan head and lacing. The aroma is a cracker, bread, yeasty, and dark malt concoction. Medium body. The taste has a big yeasty flavor with the same dark and sweet malt notes. Mild bitterness.

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