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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPASmuttynose Noonan Black IPA

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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Reagan1984, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown. Mild light penetration. Head is a thicker hat of tan foam. Head remains cohesive and leaves mild lacing.

S-Well, its safe to say that the nose is a huge letdown. I really can't get too much of anything. I can tell that its relatively balanced between dark malt and piney hops. Aside from that, its incredibly subdued. About a 4 on my homemade intensity scale.

T-The flavor has a bit more to like. There is some respectable coffee and chocolate but also a solid amount of biting, piney hoppiness. Malt is a bit charred and the hops are a tad soapy. It grows in strength after every sip. By my last few sips I am pretty impressed with this beer's intensity (despite its lower ABV and its boring aroma).

M-Bitter; and the bitterness lasts. No booze. A bit abrasive. Drinks like it was closer to 7%.

O/D-Pretty solid, minus the nose. I may need to come back to this one to makes sure my review is applicable.

VelvetExtract, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yet another lovely weekend day.... Laxing out in the 'Zebo with Mr. Noonan...

Poured a bottle into a nonic... It is a deep, opaque ebony-chestnut hue. Head is creamy, fine and tight, and beige colored. The foam sits at about 1/4" before slowly ebbing to a decent layer. Lacing is pretty nice as well. There are distinct roasty notes first evident, along with some florality. It is a bit less than medium, and rather light and airy on the tongue.

Whereas the nose was more on the malty side, the flavor really kicks off with hoppiness. There is some semi-sweet choco here, plus some very roasty, almost burnt malt hitting the palate. But that is quickly overwhelmed by a pronounced florality, with some earthy notes mixed in as well. It is almost rindy, and that aspect lingers long in the aftertaste. Overall it is quite tasty and refreshing. A fitting tribute to an esteemed New England brewing pioneer. Prosit!

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Bierman9, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jaxon53, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

deapokid, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ShemRahBoo, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

gtermi, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another new Smutty that I just noticed on the shelves recently. Best by 09/18/13.

A- Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a black but not oily thick body. A nice dark tan cap forms on the beer to about three fingers in height (slimmer glass). Good head retention with a thick, foamy texture. Big thick rings of lace wherever I stop my sips.

S- Dark roasted grains with a nice hop presence. I get some citrus, pine and floral notes from the hops used here. The malts are nice and roasty but not overpowering like a stout with hints of cocoa.

T- More malt character and flavor comes through in the taste for me. I'd say it is roast forward here as opposed to the nose being slightly hop driven. Dark bitter roast grains, cocoa, slight burnt sugar and some nutty hints come to mind. Hops open up nicely after some time with orange peel, pine and flowery notes.

MF- Moderately thick feel to a fairly creamy overall body. Carbonation is at a moderate level and gains a very silky feel when agitated. Good, clean hop and roast bitterness in the finish.

Solid Black IPA with a good orange peel and dark grain flavor.

cbutova, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

st9647v3, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of argock
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. 1223 and other digits stamped on bottleneck, presumably a Julian date for May 2, 2013. Gifted to me by my father-in-law Erv.

A: Black black with active 2-finger foamy dark beige head with rocky retention and crusty lacing at the top of the mug.

S: Very chocolatey and roasty aroma, about even parts of each with an orange citrus hops note. Dark malt otherwise provides some date fruitiness but there is no acrid notes present.

T: The flavor is very chocolatey, with a little less roasted malt in the flavor profile compared the aroma, although still it is a substantial component. The slightly sweet chocolate works well with the orange citrus hoppiness, which is moderately bitter. The alcohol is well-hidden. The roast and chocolate work together well with the orange to leave an orange-filled semisweet dark chocolate impression.

M: Slightly tacky with medium body and a little too much carbonation.

O: A pretty good American black ale -- definitely a sweeter take on the style and one tha I enjoyed more than most from this style. Pretty smooth with a good balance of roasted and chocolate character and a muted dark fruitiness to prevent it from being too sweet. Another solid brew from Smuttynose.

argock, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Dicers, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Gatordaddy, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/18/13. I believe this to be around a month old.

A: Very dark brown, almost black pour. Big fluffy light light brown head. Fades very slowly, top-notch head retention. Almost perfect wall of lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Decent roasted malt with some pine.

T: Piney hops, mild roasted malt with some char and chocolate. Pretty light but decent wave of bitterness. Very drying finish with lots of piney, resinous hops lingering.

M: Fairly light bodied, not watery or thin.

O: A pretty simple black IPA. Really nice bitterness but flavors are fairly soft, muted and simple. Pretty much expected given the ABV. Not bad though, I enjoyed it. On the bitter end of a black IPA for sure, not much roasted malt here.

Dope, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SadMachine, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

WDJersey, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Hanzo, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Lovely85, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/06/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind. There are also little clumps of sediment resting at the bottom of the glass.

S- Roasty upfront with tones of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Mild hops round things out nicely.

T- Yeah, I feel like the hops have faded quite a bit since this is basically tasting like a slightly hopped up heavy porter. Still very good with some nice dark roast plus some more chocolate and coffee but the bitterness is only really in the aftertaste and there's little hop flavor otherwise. Alcohol is decently well hidden.

M- Quite viscous with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Pretty good, just wish I had gotten to it when it was fresher. Even so, I feel like even at its freshest, it still wouldn't be a match for Durty.

Immortale25, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of wedge
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with an impressively thick head that very slowly recedes to a sustained milky covering. Initial dark chocolate and piney hop aromas becoming more grapefruity as it warms. A whiff of fresh dark malt. Roasted malt flavor met with a wall of hoppy bitterness. The malt flavor is bittersweet and charred and the hops are hard to categorize because they blend so well with the roast. It's leafy, spicy, and piney and comes across a little aggressive overall, but I'll allow it. Smooth, creamy body and fairly astringent. Solid all around, if not particularly memorable...

wedge, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Falcone, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

david18, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Molson2000, May 21, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger light brown head that leaves some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, nice earthy notes, slight citrus and mild coffee.

T-Rather malty, too much, but as it warms more coffee comes through along with dirt, pine and grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, not as creamy as I was expecting.

O-Although still within the best by date it was too malty, maybe fresh the beer would better. Then again it could just be too malty.

rlee1390, Jul 08, 2014
Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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