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Black Nitro - Amager Bryghus

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very good

36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 12-27-2009

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Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Hill Farmstead Tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 3 fingers of tan white head. Head has a lot of staying power and slowely drops down to an uneven cap leaving plenty of thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruit rind hops. roasty malts that smell more ashen than roasty.

Taste: starts off with mild bitterness that has an increasing bitterness after each sip. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness; lots of resinous pine and grapefruit rinds. Maybe even some fruitness from the hops. The malts similiar to a liquid smoke or an ashen flavor. This beer smells simliar to how it tastes, but it tastes better than it smells.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation levels. The beer feels a little thin and watery. I like it when a black IPA has a creamy mouthfeel. This beer doesnt quite have that going for it.

Overall: Nice black black ale or black IPA whatever you want to call it! Nothing that stands out as unique, but this style seems to be a beer style that once you have tried one the rest taste the same. This reminds me of a less complex version of New Glarus Black Top; which to this point is the best example of this beer style that I have drank so far. A creamier mouthfeel would really do alot for this beer. I guess that I expected a little bit more from this beer with the Grassroots brand attached to this collaboration beer. This is my first Amager Bryghus brew that I have had, maybe Amager Bryghus had more of an influence on this beer than Grassroots did.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mar02x
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A beautiful black colored beer with a nice beige head that quickly disappears. If the beer is hold against the light it gives away its deep red color.

S - A nice smell of beer motor oil, heavy roasted malts, a thick sweet scent and the distant smell of piny hops, lemon and oranges.

T - The beer is quite dry in taste. The hop is prominent and gives a bitter taste what makes it also fresh. The taste is complex and it is definitely worth a compliment. Flavors of lemon and orange are pretty subtle present.

M - Thinner in body than the scent suggests. The carbonation is low and fits perfectly with the beer. The bitter aftertaste is long smoldering.

O - The beer drinks away easily but is much too bitter. Some more sweetness and a ticker body would have helped the beer. And some maturing in oak casks would have been tremendous.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stout-like head from a turbulent pour. Tan head, tons of downward movement, huge in size. Brew is absolutely black as night and opaque to boot. Head retention is very solid. Lacing is thick and fluffy.

Aroma matches what I've come to expect from a black IPA: citrus and pine, balanced against cocoa. Strong, stale malty aroma, as well.

Flavor follows the nose, with big cocoa notes hitting first (and last), and in between, soft pine and citrus coming through. Some dry earthy hoppiness in there, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium; thickly flavorful, but on the slightly thin side. Comes in between a stout and an IPA.

This could easily pass for a hoppy stout a la Storm King or Founders Imperial Stout. In fact, I'm not sure it wouldn't be better served as such; the hoppiness is very present, but the malts are front and center.

IMO, that's the difference between a high IBU stout and a black IPA: what is front and center? In this case, I'd argue it's the malts, not the hops. Either way, it's a very tasty brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nearly black. Nice khaki head. Thick collar. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Bright grapefruit. Roasted malt. Coffee and caramel.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit, again. Roasted malt immediately. Gets very bitter. Coffee and burnt malt bitterness. Grassy hop flavor comes back and almost overpowers the roasted malt, but not quite.

Mouthfeel - Very burnt and bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - If you can get past the intense roast, it's really good. But it is really burnt.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JSBILK
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle in a DFH snifter. This ale pours a deep blackish brown with a substantial head that lingers long, ending as a medium pool with a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of cocoa, burnt malts, and deeply resinous hop bitterness. Flavors mirror the nose with semi sweet cocoa and burnt malts on all sides followed by a sticky resin laden hop profile that blends with burnt malts on the back and aftertaste. Moderate grain alcohol comes through with warmth aided by a nice strong carbonation. Lightly dry finish with a long burnt aftertaste and sticky hop flavor. I am usually a fan of this brewery, yet this brew is lacking any balance. Perhaps a hop heads delight, but doubt it with the burnt malt flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is completely black in the center and ruby red highlights at the edges. An inch tan head keeps its form all the way through.

Aroma is a nice balance of sweet roasted malt and citrusy hops.

Taste is an interesting balance of roasted malt taste with a slight astringency and a pine and a little citrus not as much as was on the nose.Taste is a little thin and very dry.

Very excellent beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of dry bitter roasted malt notes with some light green resin notes is OK. Taste is also a mix of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes with some light resin notes. Body is lighter then style average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I thought this beer was a bit short on hops flavors and thinner then I would have liked it to be.

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Photo of cdean801
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 4/12/15

A: Yes, I would say this is black - some dark brown around the edges - pours with a medium, frothy, off-white head, retains some blobs of a cap, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Roasty, burnt, but not getting a ton of hops - some grapefruit flesh and some citrus zest - some burnt chocolate malts, roasty coffee - dark chocolate and some semisweet chocolate - some sweetness with some caramel

T: Chocolate and some citrus, not too complex, but it works - grapefruit flesh and zest - nice malt profile, with some burnt chocolate malts, burnt grains, burnt coffee - some dark chocolate and sweet chocolate - toffee, caramel, and some molasses - some molasses - some dark fruits - burnt, roasty grain aftertaste

M: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, not the cleanest finish

O: Not in a nitro can?

I am afraid that I may have sat on this a bit too long. The hops are rather subdued, but there are some decent grapefruit notes. It's far from a world class black IPA, but it's not bad.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Black Nitro from Amager Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.