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Black Nitro - Amager Bryghus

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BA SCORE
86
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus visit their website
Denmark

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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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a plenty to GrassrootsVT for this mighty tasty brew brought over from DK.

Pours a nice dark soft flow into my Mikkeller glass. The head froths up into a solid 3 finger head that settles into a solid toffee colored cap with high thick lacing. Color is deep black with light translucence coming through on the edges.

This bottling is several months old but is still piney, citrusy, bold and nice. Smells fresh and dank even thought it's not the freshest of beers. I would have loved to try this right off the tap. Really nice pine, citrus, resiny quality to the beer. It smells delicious and invites an excessive drink.

The beer overall is clean, fresh, dank and wonderful. Starts clean and piney with light citrus character. Middle is slightly bolder with chocolate notes and some roasted malt. But this beer is no doubt an IPA with strong qualities of hop and herbal notes. Finishes dry and clean with subtle roasted flavors that back up what is otherwise an impressive IPA.

Mouthfeel is clean, soft and pleasant. Carbonation is soft but ever present producing an effervescent body with soft sides and a fluid body. Really nice.

Yeah, I could drink A LOT of this beer. Thanks to Shaun Hill for this wonderful collaboration brew!

More User Reviews:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Mar02x
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Collaboration with Grassroots Brewing. Served from the bottle

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Roy - thanks. Collaboration with Grassroots.

A: Pours and dark brown with reddish edges under a half-inch thick off-white head which yields spotty lace.

N: Citrusy hops and dark malts.

T: Roasty, hoppy and malty. Fairly bland.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry and bitter roasty finish.

O: A Shawn influenced black ale. Not so much.

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this beer received from grassrootsVT, who was partially responsible for the beer.
Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a small tan head that never really fades away. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, raisins, grapes, toasted nuts, bitter chocolate, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mildly tart cherries, and gooseberries found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, biter, and lip smacking.

Photo of More_betterness
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured vigorously into a lost abbey teku.

A: Pitch black body with a large light brown head that recedes quickly.

S: Citrus and pine followed by potent cocoa. Less hop forward than I would have expected but inviting nonetheless.

T: Light citrusy hops upfront, with bitter chocolate and coffee notes dominating. Assertive bitterness.

M: Light/medium body with an oily, mouth coating texture. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Decent example of a black ipa. Dark malt flavors are definitely more prevalent than other examples of the style with hops taking a back seat. Bitterness was a tick high for the amount of hop flavor present.

Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is black, possibly with a hint of brown, the head rather light, tan. Receding slowly and leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is dark roasted bread, dried fruits, raisins and dates.

Not much sweetness in this, burnt caramel and bread crust, many bitter notes, roasted beans.

Rather high carbonation, a smooth body and a good dry finish.

A bit heavy on the bitter hops, could be balanced with some sweetness. Storing or an accompanying sweetness could and did improve this.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really just a ton of hops in the aroma. Piney, citrus, little marijuana, peach/mango, little pineapple. Tastes very hoppy as well. A lot of pine-citrus, hints of peach and mango. Good amount of bitterness. I just noticed a very slight hint of caramel that snuck in mid-way through. I'm really only noticing a light roasty quality in the aftertaste; really the only appearance of the "black" half of this other than the color. Maybe I need to let it warm more. I never know how to drink a black IPA, as I prefer IPA's colder and dark beers a fair amount warmer. Anyway, this easily falls way more on the IPA side flavor and aroma-wise.

Photo of dqrull
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black liquid with brown tinges at the edges of the glass. Forms a huge creamy mocho-coloured head that lasts quite a while, leaving dry lacing on the glass.

Smells like... hoppy dark rye-bread. Really, had I baked a bread with american, resiny grapefruity hops, this is what it would smell like coming out of the oven.. interesintg, some chocolate coming through as well, not very heavily roasted notes though. AS I said, interesting, but not very yummy, hard to say why I dont like it though.

In the mouth there are alot more fruity notes coming forward from the hops, and they coexist nicely with darker lightly roasted notes of chocolate and rye bread, pretty light with a mellow bitterness, nothing agressive.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a lightly stingy carbonation that fits the style nicely, but it almost gets watery.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very balanced between the light roasted malt and hop bitterness. Bone dry, floral. It's good for a black ipa.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 16oz bottle into a Woodcock Brothers Imperial Pint. Quick Review.

Appearnce- Pitch Black. Big mocha head. lots of lacing.

Smell- Coffee, chocolate, pine, alcohol. Stouty.

Taste- Citrus hops, pine, coffee, chocolate, licorice. No booze.

Mouthfeel- Medium, lingering bitterness, no heat.

Overall- Very nicely done black IPA. Not a hoppy stout, but an actually black IPA.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the deep and dark tendencies of Amager rush over the session, they also do so with the bright and zesty aim of some Grassroots help.

Their collaborative brew is darkly translucent, showing garnet margins. As a thick blanket of foam mounts, the scent of roasted hops wash over the senses. Coffee, burnt toast and cocoa take a citrusy tone for a yin and yang attitude.

Its malty taste seem of burnt caramel, toffee and just off of molasses. Its robust roasted character trends stout-like even as the hop flavors garner attention through the middle. Pink grapefruit, lemon and sour grape link up with singed orange peel, burnt pinecone and smoky brushfire.

Its medium bodied taste seems full with the dense creamy substrate propping up the acrid roast and piquant hop bitterness. But it wavers slightly in finish to allow the hops and roast to dry the palate slightly. An after tow of cocoa and orange persist in the beer's waning moments and aftertaste.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours almost straight black. Some super dark browns when held to direct light. Head is a soapy light tan. Minimal head retention and carbonation. Some spots of lacing with some serious legs.

Smell: Deeply roasted with associated sweetness. Cocoa and dark chocolate with a slight hint of lactose and milk chocolate. A touch of grape jelly and dark fruit. Vague dark berry. Tons and tons of cocoa. Some burnt elements as well. Some caramelized and overcooked malts. Very slight burnt bread crust.

Taste: Burnt, but not overly so. Deeply roasted with a hint of char. Sweetness builds a bit as the beer warms. Some vague hints of dark fruit. Bitter baker's chocolate. So much roast. Burnt, very burnt. Something like a chocolate cookie (think Oreo without the cream filling). Warming makes it all burnt malt and baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Did you hit the NOS?

It's roasted and burnt and then burnt and roasted and sweet.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amager Bryghus - Black Nitro, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity brown and settles dark brown-black with a soapy off-white head. Great lacing.

Smell - Cheerios with some dark roasted malts, not overly roasted or bitter. Some sweetness. Earthy but the hop profile is overall faint.

Taste - Roasted malt and surprisingly hoppy earthy pine bitter. I was mouth agape at the flavor profile. Oats coat as well.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with high carbonation. The comination of the hops and roasted malts has this sitting quite bitter. Decent drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew, not my favorite style in the first place and for reference my favorite black IPA is Wookey Jack, but this was solid. It could have perhaps been a bit less bitter.

Photo of Lukie
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours out off-black, glints of cola brown in the light, with a cocoa head that sits atop the liquid in a solidified mass. Lacing clings to the side with each sip.

Aroma is predominently piney hops, with hints of citrus fruits that delve into coffee and dark chocolate.

The first sip destroys your palette with utter confusion and insanity. As it settles, there are strong flavours of fresh coffee and sweet chocolate that give way to a piney, underlying citrus finish. It is balanced in a way that the flavours are layered upon one another, and compliment each other.

A sensational brew, that has really opened up my eyes in bringing together two completely different flavour profiles and making them work so well together.

Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sexy brownish-black with a huge brown head into my glass. Black Nitro...hell yeah!

Lots of different hop notes in the nose, especially of citrus and pine/cut grass. The malt stays in the background for this example.

Surprisingly balanced upfront with the mix of various hops. Beats out some other examples I've had recently.

You will love the mouthfeel. The hops drop off of your mouth, warming the throat. The finish? Think of a hazelnut spread on toasted bread. Very "nutty".

Highly recommended for this style.

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pitch black with a three finger high, beige, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Roasted malt, milk, sweet licorice, dark chocolate, citrus hops, very hoppy and fruity!

Taste: Grapefruit, coffee, roasted malt as in the nose, pine, bitter lemon peel and more malt.

Mouth: Medium body. A little thin but then black IPA tends to be that way.

Overall: A really good black IPA but not all the way up with the stars!

Photo of Skrip
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Jester King/Cantillon Zwanze Day tulip.

A~ pitch black with a big soapy like tan head. along with a lot of lacing.

S~ citrusy hops and dank grass up front. faint roasty malts in the background along with a bit of fresh coffee and dark chocolate.

T~ extremely citrusy from the hops. i'm guessing citra, simcoe, and nelson. nelson seems to add some amazing vomit like flavor haha a lot like a dark Enjoy By. (if there is nelson that is haha) the taste then proceeds to follow the nose with a ton of roasty malts, coffee, and dark bitter chocolate.

M~ nice silky smooth feel. with less hops this is what the original version of Daybreak should have been in my opinion. nice carbonation and refreshing as well.

O~ i'm actually very impressed by this colab. yesss.... it IS a Grassroots colab. haha super well balanced and honestly might be one of my favorite black IPA's. once again i'm biased cause this is one of my favorite styles. hence the high rating =]

Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this label definately looks appealing and when the brew is poured it looks as good as the label looks it is dark black cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that slowly recedes to a layer of smoggy froth across the top with an outer rim of lacing,it smells as good as it looks to with aromas of strong piney hops,mandarin,grapefruit and a tinge of liquorice,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel which is lively carbonated and has tastes of piney hops first up followed by some citrus zest,a tinge of toffee,black liquorice and finishes with a passionfruit,piney hop bitterness and to be quite honest i could easily drink more than one of these and will buy again without doubt.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this in Burlington VT on my trip to Maine.

A- Body is a dark brown nearly black. Not uniformly translucent and when light shines through hints of ruby can be seen. Pours with a 3-4 finger foamy creme brulee head. Head slowly fades to 1/3 finger and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S- The nose has a lot of grapefruit to offer. A lot of bitter roasted malt brings up the background. There is a nice brightness to the grapefruit tones-but the coffee ground smell is very prominent and I am on the fence about how well they blend.

T- Light notes of white grapefruit upfront with a subtle roasted malt backbone. The finish is all bitter hop resin and roasted malt bitterness with a hint of pine. The resinous and roasted malt bitterness lingers on and on.

M- Carbonation is medium and not assaulting The body is relatively smooth and oily. This is very well done and where I taste the Hill influence .

O- Black ales can really be hit or miss as the typical IPA and porter or stout don't really blend well. I have had some great ones and some bad ones. This one is pretty much a miss but I really respect the bright citrus/grapefruit tones to this as well as the great mouthfeel. I guess its worth a try but I'm really not into it. The bitterness is too much.

Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, with super fresh hop aroma, and the hard to achieve clean finish in a black ipa. On the other hand, not all that much malt character. Excellent body with a little alcohol warmth. Very easy drinking.

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Black Nitro from Amager Bryghus
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.