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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA is a well-balanced, dark, bitter, and totally unique beer experience. We brewed this IPA with a base of fresh Pilsner Malts and darkened the color with pure Black Malts, creating a clean malt character that allows the liberal hop additions to shine through. Komodo is dry hopped and aged with a pinch of lavender to add to the overall aromatic experience.

ABV: 6.5 IBUs: 65.5 SG: 15.5 SRM: 49.6

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2011
bottle. for only being pilsener and black malt i pick up a lot of rounded, chewy dark caramel malt... theres a roundness and fullness that seems meaty and gelatinous and which i find generally unpleasant, but the milk chocolate (yeast / milk powder note contributing) character is nice. hops are cheesy and pungent in the nose and provide medium buzzing acid and bitterness. lavender is non-existent. decent beer but mostly forgettable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8462) - Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; pitch black with foamy beige head. Smells and tastes malty and hoppy (in that order) with some roastiness. Good on the palate. A good example of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7851) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, beige head. Looks like a stout. Roasty, nutty, coffee aroma, light citrus. Flavor has a shot of lemony hops with some coffee bitterness, nutty, roasted grains, burnt toast, light molasses. The definitely helped to round things out a bit. Medium bodied. Not at all an IPA, a nice stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
12. thanks, ben! pours black with a loose dark tan ring of foam. big toasty coffee nose. creamy medium body, lively carb. toast and coffee on the mid palate. longish ashy patenty finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (7546) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottled355ml. -Trade with shrubber85 (thanks Roger!)
Deep black coloured, huge brown head, roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. The taste was great; heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate and pleasant hoppy with nutty notes. Strong bitter finish and long-lasting aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottled. This sucka poured inky black with a deep brown head.. this screamed "stout" from the appearance, and I love stout. The aroma picked up greener floral and citrus hoppage over a bed of roasted semi-sweet chocolates.. nutty notes, vanilla, and caramel accented.. outstanding! The flavor found dark chocolate and lesser coffee at the core.. nice roast, but the malts seemed a little stale.. heavy bitterness around, mostly floral and earth, with a little spicy pine.. roasty and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with decent balance on the palate.. dry and grainy overall.. very bitter, especially as it warmed up. Im not a big fan of black IPAs, but this was probably the best Ive found.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by nuplastikk: Pours an opaque black with a full-lacing froth of light brown head. Has a fresh resiny citrus and piny hop nose with a touch of dark malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and fresh resiny hoppy flavor with a toasty dark caramel malty sweetness before a drier slightly warming bittersweet finish. A true to style and drinkable black IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (7035) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark with a small tan head. A roasted flavor with tart hops. Some earth. Not a favored style but this is decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6689) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Queenholly. Bottle in Nov 2012. Hops are falling off for sure but the brew still turns out really well. More like a stout now in my glass. Nose is chocolate malt dominated with hints of pine. Lots of Earthy herbal hints in this brew with a strong amount of chocolate malt. Burnt roasted malts. After half the glass I had to read the commercial description. Seeing they used lavender makes all the herbal notes make sense. The bitterness is more from the herbal then hoppy. I feel like a broken record. Did I happen to mention that its herbal? Still even a slightly old bottle is pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: HOLY COW, this is so similar to my Dance of the Dead homebrew it floored me. I did a "clone" before I ever tasted the similar commercial product! A true Cascadian Dark Ale, yeah BABY!!!

Very deep almost opaque hue with a lovely creamy tan head which left good lace upon the glassware. The aroma is grassy. resiny, and fruity PNW and noble hops, slightly dank and catty too. There is plenty of charred Black Patent malt along with some nutty, chocolate and caramel vapours, light tar, liquorice, and flowery esters as well. The taste matched the nose, sharp and dank resiny hop bitterness, some ashy black, brown chocolate and nutty malts, hint of coffee, clove and anise spiciness. The appearance, aroma and taste are very similar I would have hard time telling which is which (mine has a bit more malty roundness and alcohol bite). The mouth feel is the one area there is a difference. The Upland version is a bit more sharper, thinner-bodied, and cleaner while both have a noticeable black malt astringent finish.

I happen to love most of these CDAs (aka Black IPAs/Overamped and overhopped Porters and Stouts)... whatever. I want more commercial example. CDA WILL BE A STYLE on ratebeer with a few years know that.


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