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Black Nitro - Amager Bryghus

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: baggio on 12-27-2009

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

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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 drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Lukie
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Skrip
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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 =]

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great roasty black IPA. Dark brown skewing towards black with a moderate mocha head. Grassy, piney, grapefruit, mated with chocolate and dark roasted notes ... a hint of french roast coffee. Flavor follows, bursting with big hop flavor. I'd guess there's a big dose of centennial in here. Pine pitch, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and citrus battle it out in the finish.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kinda confusing name as this isn't nitro-fied but looks like it could be, but I've always been a big fan collab. Have had it a few times before, time to review.

A - 500ml pours not-quite-black, more of a dark brown with some red highlights noticeable. A nice cascading beige head starts at a couple fingers or so, a pretty-much full cap remains for the duration. Some dots of lace here and there.

S - Actually pretty intense on the roast and dark chocolate here with loads of piny/grapefruit/earthy hops, a fair amount of mint going on too. I'd say the dark malt is stronger than the hops, which seems pretty rare for the style, and appreciated here.

T - Hops coming forward a bit more for the taste creating a better balance, a bit more expressive flavor-wise as well with lots of pineapple, pine resin, and orange joining the party. The roast+dark chocolate malts still hold up strong, but perhaps are a bit tamer here than in the scent. Some caramel coming through too.

M - Smooth and biggish mouthfeel, malts definitely adding some body here. Ample carbonation, medium-high bitterness but pretty nice balance for the style, quite drinkable for ABV/all things considered.

O - Love the strong dark-malt presence here, that alone makes it stick out for this style to me, as more often they usually come off as simply dark IPAs. Nice hop presence here too and pretty bold and stellar all-around. I definitely am reminded me of Hill Farmstead ABAs like Foster and James, though I think I actually prefer this one.

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Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful black with super nice tan topper- nice and firm!
lots of hops on the smell, a little bit of the band aid smell... but kind of sweet. some malt...
taste is band aid also, a little sweet; bitter as it goes down. each successive swallow yields a little more serious malt taste yet a little bit more bitterness. almost rye-like. and yet, a little chocolate-y. overall, a very decent brew. this brewery makes a lot of different brews and imports quite a few of them to California....

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - A shade lighter than black body. Lacing. Tan, thin bubbled head. Unfiltered and sediment left in bottle. 4.25

Smell - Grass. Chocolate. Grapefruit. Burnt.

Taste - More bitter than other black IPAs (compared to Uranus especially). Chocolate is lighter than chocolate. Light citrus. If you have made a stout, it tastes like the sediment after the first transfer.

Feel - Smooth and medium bodied. A little of a milk stout feel.

Overall - I found this in Dayton as it was not in Columbus. I was a little disappointed but the score shows it is a solid beer. Bottle labeling hints at a barrel aged beer and it is not. Black IPA is more IPA (on the straight bitter side, I am talking Rebel IPA here) than a hoppy stout.

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Photo of baggio
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Dark brownish with a medium-sized, beige, head.

S: Hops, Roasted malts, Chocolate, Citric notes.

T: Hops resin, Roasted malts, Citric notes and caramel.

M: Perfectly balanced, black, hopjuice with nice bitterness at the end.

This was just so fresh and wonderfully hoppy when i had it that it made me all happy inside. Lovely black hopjuice! Big thanks to Shaun E. Hill for sharing his bottle with me.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 SABERG
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
A - Dark, almost black, creamy mocha cap supported by steady carbonation.
Lacing clings in delicate strips.
S - Cocoa, burnt toast, toffee and autumn forest.
T - Roast malts, big bitter finish, piney and slightly resinous. delicious.
F - Full mouth feel, with a sharp declination into a dry finish.
O - Very enjoyable, hoppy and roasty elements are a treat.

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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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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop. Black IPA is one of my least favorite styles, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one - nice malt backbone, but not overly bitter, and a robust Pacific Northwest hop profile.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a collaboration with grassroots, which is hill farmstead, so i really sort of thought this might have a hop profile like some of their epic beers they do up there in the green mountain state, but its not to be. still, a really tasty black ipa, but the hops just seem to be bitter, not flavorful and certainly not delicate. they seem heavily dosed, but not well enough flavored for how dense and intense the grain roast is here. maybe should have added some later kettle stuff, rather than the long boil bittering, but what do i know. i like the dry base, as big as it is, foamy and bubbly, but fuller bodied pushing porter, minus the attendant caramel malt middle. this is all dark, black as they come. the name nitro confused me a little, not that we have breweries doing nitro bottles, this might actually be suited to that format, but its standard carbon dioxide charge. i really liked this in an after dinner context, but i found the harsh bitterness a little off putting, and overly intense with the charred ashy grain base. well made beer, but not a recipe that i am particularly compelled by, and definitely coming in under expectations for the brewers involved in making it. probably still worth the ten bucks i paid for a bottle though...

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt,earthy, light citrus, pine, hint of orange

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, pine, light caramel, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent black IPA, lacks burst of flavor in the better examples

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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 dqrull
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Black Nitro from Amager Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.