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Black IPA - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-14-2011)
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Reviews by cokes:
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very close to jet black in appearance, with a few meager glints of magenta teased out when strongly backlit. The head is a mountain of tan froth that slowly erodes towards the surface, leaving sheets of sticky lace.
The nose brings bars of dark chocolate, burnt toast, raspberries, caramel, Pinot Noir, and boozy confectionary cherries. It's honestly a gorgeous aroma for a porter. As something that claims Black IPA, the feeble, backend slivers of herbs and dry grass don't hold up their end.
Malt rushes across the tongue, with smoky espresso and dusty dark chocolate. It sweetens as it progresses, adding caramel-swirled fudge and blackberries to the mix. Some toasty, burnt bread notes in the middle. Hops bring a defined bitterness, but a vaporous taste profile. A little grassy, and little metallic, mostly peppery, with some earthy pine cone and bark hues.
Well on the full side of medium bodied, with a low, trickling carbonation that is steady throughout.
This is flat-out killer Robust Porter, and my ratings are fudged a bit to reflect that.

The Black IPA (American Black Ale or Cascadian Dark, or whatever the current naming trend happens to be) is a bit of an enigma to me. As much as I enjoy them and seek them out, I have a hard time defining what exactly I'm looking for, or crowning a favorite example of one. This sways heavily towards the malty end of the spectrum, and appreciate that, even though it seems to have missed its ultimate mark.

If nothing else, I'm glad Sprecher is finally embracing Bombers rather than cumbersome Liter swingtops. Hope that continues.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark chocolate color with a tight formed one finger beige head atop,the aromas are pretty weak with some roasted nut and light earthy hops mainly.Chocolate malts,roast, and earthy tones on the palate,the hop provide that earthiness and a little spiciness,a little alcohol sweetness is thrown in as well.Eh,its ok but the beers hop profile almost makes this beer more of a hoppy porter in its big earth and roast profile,not a bad beer but not really up to style in my opinion.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11350 printed by hand with a gold sharpie on the back of the label. This beer pours a deep ruby red black notes, with a light khaki tan head flowing thick. Dark roasted notes with herbal hops and hints of citrus kicking through with each sniff. Caramel comes to the head wrapped with some herbal earthy citric hops, and the flavor continues with a bitter dark roasted malt character as the backbone of this beer. Black IPA light not much flavor a dry roasted dark malt persists with each sip, bitter almost band aid notes with super strong herbal notes and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation, goes down pretty smooth for a style of beer that's typically hard to swallow. Overall what can I say it's Sprecher jumpin' on the Black IPA bandwagon, which is fine but just not my style as a whole and even this version isn't going to make me a true believer.

Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Abed_Nadir
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of MCDub
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 tap-pour into a Sprecher American tumbler pint at Rustico.

A - Clear dark brown in color with a low, well-retained tan head. Good lace left caked to the glass.

S - Assertive American hops lend citrus and resin notes to the roasted but not-so-bitter malt aroma.

T - Nice roasted chocolate tones balance out the American, resiny citrus hops well.

M - Surprisingly bitter for a Sprecher brew, the resiny bite to the finish is complimented by mild roasted bitterness. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.

O - Much better as it's "reformulated", not "blend of Black Bavarian and IPA2" like I suspected of the initial bottling. This version is much more American-like like it should be!

Photo of ineedafirkin
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark cocoa color with a medium sized, creamy, smooth, foamy, cafe head. Decent retention leaving a decent lace.

S - Cocoa, nutty, earthy aroma. Roasted malt. There are hints of orange, grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Maybe a touch of anise. Fairly faint.

T - Similar to the nose, but not as faint as the nose. Roasted, nutty, cocoa, earthy malt. Fairly bitter (chocolate and hops). Touches of citrus along with plenty of pine, herbal, and grassy hops.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly dry.

D - Average drinkability. Hoppy dark ale but not exactly IPA like. Flavors weren't bad but kind of meh.

Notes: Not a big fan of the style, and this isn't a shining example of the style. So-so beer. Hoppy enough but it just doesn't seem like an IPA to me (even a dark one).

Photo of smerrell
2.2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a bomber, this black IPA leaves a lot to be desired: While the appearance is quite nice, and the head sticks around fro a while, the aroma is slight, to be kind. The taste is very bitter, and as the beer warms presents hints of anise. This beer is unbalanced and bitter, and has disappointingly little in the way of malt presence. It has a dry finish that I didn't care for. If I compare it to other black IPAs, like Stone's Escondidian, I'd say it "pales" in comparison.

I won't go out of my way to try this one again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep dark amber black. Almost pitch except for a bit of haze at the base and edges.Head is a nice 1/2 inch of tan head that sits for a while.

S - Mild herbal hops, charcoal roast bitterness, maybe some chocolate. Not the best smelling beer.

T - Well it's not terribly bitter anymore. Ashy roasts and aged bittering pine has taken it's place. It has a good bit of cloying bitterness so maybe I am a tad inebriated when I post this.

M - Medium drinks like it's around 7.5%. Not bad.

Overall not the worst bomber I got for 5 bucks. I could imagine this being a hop bomb 6 months ago but now it's a very forgettable black IPA

Photo of RiggerStyle
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of shand
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sprecher's Black IPA is a bit different from the pack. The malt base is extremely roasted with slight smoky hints, and the hops are intensely herbal. Very dry. Not the best Black IPA I've had by any means, but interesting and tasty enough to give it a try.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mkostuch
1.6/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Three words describe this beer. Bitter, bitter, bitter. And it is not a nice hoppy bitterness either.

I poured the beer from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass I received from doing a tour. It pours out a nice black color with a dark-white head so it appears inviting. I took my first sip and thought I could get past the initial bitterness but I could not. This is one of two beers in recent memory I have had to dump out and I love all types of beer.

I do not recommend this beer.

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 22-ounce bomber. There is a hand-written batch code at the bottom of the bottle: “11350.” No easily discernable freshness date, though.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is non-opaque black; light easily passed through and turned the beer amber when held to a lamp. Three fingers of dense, buttery head dissipated unevenly to leave a rocky cap with deep canyons of foam. A lot of foam was left clinging to the side of the glass, too.

Smell: Mostly reminiscent of the beer’s IPA inspiration. Invigorating pine and grapefruit/orange citrus dominate, but underneath are toasted caramel and chocolate.

Taste: It has an odd, though agreeable, taste. The citrus and pine aside, the grassy hoppiness and astringency are what stand out the most. It is more mouthfeel and bitterness than flavor, really. The dark malts are there, but they are mostly overpowered by the hops. As the beer warms the mouthfeel becomes much smoother, reminiscent of the beer’s maltier namesake.

Drinkability: This is definitely black IPA in the sense it is black-colored IPA. Tasty stuff, but very unbalanced.

Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
1.9/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Purchased off the shelf at a convienience store off a whim. Ok Sprecher Ill take your bait.

A- A deep dark blackish brown, Has a thick light bubbely light tan head.

S- Smell is sweet and slightly citrusy. Rather fruity for a black ale. Very strong mango notes.

T- Has a very strong malt forwardness to it, and ends in more of a hoppy "bite" rather than a flavor. Strong bitter cocoa and coffee notes start this beer off. The end is very bitter and slightly hoppy.

M- Very light feeling and crisp for how malty it is.

O- Not very impressed with this black ale. It is very bitter in a negative way. Not citrusy bitter, not piney bitter, not earthy bitter, Just bitter. For any of you coffee nuts/baristas out there, the after taste is like an espresso shot that's been poured and then left out to sit for far to long. The mouth feel is also pretty disappointing and gives off the feel of being a bit watery. Plus Sprecher failed to list an ABV on this bottle, so I don't even know what kind of monstrosity I'm really dealing with here. Overall dissapointed, I've come to love sprecher, but thsi beer is better off tucked away and forgotten.

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Black IPA from Sprecher Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.