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RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the twilight for the bright and brassy hops!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
2009-01-24. Dark brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Very green hop aroma, like fresh hop pellets. Lovely. (8+) Flavour has a fresh hop character up front, some dark malt in the middle, moderate bitterness throughout, lingering green hops in the aftertaste. (8+) Smooth average plus palate. Nice! Hit the right buttons at the right time. Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Dark brown red pour. Foamy, clingy off-white head. Nose is like sweat (really) and some hop. Taste is hop over the top of black licorice. Weird, but decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear crimson tinged brown with thin white head. Big earthy malt, nice roast, caramel malt, and a bit of earthy hops. Medium bodied, lots of roast, dark char and toast. Nice big grapefruit on the finish with lingering roast notes.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
355 mL. This is awesome! Pours a dark, clear amber with a thin beige cap that has okay retentions and leaves some spotty lacing. Huge piney hop aroma with rye toast, black pepper, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar. Taste is a lot like Arrogant Bastard- huge piney and resiny hops but there is a nice heavy rye malt backing that is spicy and a bit alcoholic. Chewy, syrupy mouthfeel. This is like having a dark DIPA. Really awesome. Gotta drink it fresh though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9960) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Pours reddish brown with a very generous beige head and a gingerbread aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with significent hop bitterness. The flavor is quite unique and improves as the beer warms.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9931) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish copper color with a large pillowy beige head that collapses into a blanket of fine bubbles and leavesthick lacing. The aroma is citrus and spicy hops with mild amounts of dark malt, caramel and honey. The more I swirl the glass provides additional pine notes. The flavor is more hop heavy with citrus and pine seeming to stand out. Bitterness is moderate with maybe not enough sweetness to balance things. The malt comes off as a secondary partner in this brew and is bready with caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-full, lingering bitterness with no sign of alcohol. Light yeast, resin and some bready notes. Rating #199 for this beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
12 oz. bottle shared by StLupulin- thanks again, Kurtis! Pours a semi-cloudy dark copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma of fresh hops- piney, herbal, and citrusy- with toasted malts, earth, and spice. The flavor is exactly the same. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, fresh, hoppy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Right on the money BIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9905) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2010
Bouteille, couleur ambre avec une mousse paisse de ton blanc-cass. Arme, houblon avec note de grain donnant un nez un peu ferment pre de fleurs et de sapin. Got est malt grill avec de longues notes de houblon citronn, le tout est suivit de malt grill et caramel. Le fini reste plus sur lamertume et le houblon avec un palais sec et qcq notes de pamplemousse. Pas mauvaise, mais loin dtre ma prfre du style Black IPA. Je trouve la prsence du houblon un peu trop forte et cela entache le ct malt qui ne ressort pas trop. Peut tre avec un peu dage, le houblon sestompera.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and resinous hops grow through delicate roasted malts as light berry notes appear through diplomatic caramel. This American Strong Ales multifarious flavor profile is deliciously harmonious.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam covers the striking mahogany.
-With its bright citrusy hops, berry-like angles to its caramel malts and frothy, soft effervescence, this tastes like a cousin to SNevada Bigfoot.
-Alcohol is perfectly hidden.
-The finishing bitterness is a tandem of earthy hop resins and roasted malts.

Bottles.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12oz bottle. Very dark brown-red appearance, minimal head. Very roasty aroma, like a stout almost, but without the creaminess. It has a very crisp, lightly carbonated body, and the roastiness persists in force throughout the aftertaste. Id expect this kind of flavor to result from an imbalance of malt, but thats not the case with the brew. Its hop notes are just noticable enough from behind their roasty veils to make this beer the definitive Black IPA (amongst the two that Ive sampled so far, anyway)


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