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Black Moon IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 37
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexJ on 10-03-2010)
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Reviews by PicoPapa:
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

22oz bomber. Pours a black/dark brown with a thin tan frothy head. Aroma is of citrus and piney hops. Maybe a hint of chocolate but the hop aroma dominates, and I'm not complaining. Taste is more of the mix of the pine and citrus hop flavors but a bit more chocolate this time. Some roasted malt and burnt coffee flavors. Bitter orange peel aftertaste. Heavy mouthfeel. This beer has less drinkability than most others I've had of this style but is still damn good. The 10%ABV is hidden well. Overall this is a very fine Black IPA and I will absolutely look for it again.

05-04-2011 04:34:16 | More by PicoPapa
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

07-11-2012 01:02:17 | More by DWolf
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Nice new collaboration brew between Rock Art and Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. No freshness date/brewing date to be had.

Pours darkest of brown, dark tan head, lofty and retaining its height well. Leaves an extensive assortment of sheeting and lace.

Nose is bursting with pine sap, charred malts and fruity/hoppy/malty goodness.

Tastes fresh and flavorful. 10% nowhere to be found. Quality strong brew written all over this one. Warming, complex and oozing care and quality in brewing.

More dark and burnt malts shining through, then the hops reenter and assault the palate. Flavors are rich, dense and intense. really enjoyed this one as a late night sipper/night capper. Well done Rock Art, probably the best beer I've had from them. Quality brewery, quality Coop that I had the pleasure to visit recently. The collaboration has produced an impressive and well worth seeking out brew.

10-08-2010 02:06:55 | More by Billolick
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

22oz bomber poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a very thin dark brown head with a crisp hoppy nose that's a but malty and smoky it's nice.

Taste is burnt, bitter and really hoppy. It's tasty and hoppy, quite bitter bit also fruity and sweet. Really tasty and drinkable.

12-04-2010 03:21:48 | More by kingcrowing
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-11-2012 01:00:25 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Black as night, totally opaque. Head is a little thin, not unexpected at 10% ABV.

S: An immediate slap in the nose from some dank hops, with mild citrus following. Very slight roastiness as it warms. Alcohol is not evident at first, only slightly noticed as it warms up.

T: Starts dank and herbal, then citrus takes over and blends nicely with some sweet chocolate/coffee notes. Very clean and balanced; finishes with clean alcohol and hop bitterness. Strangely reminiscent of Pliny the Elder, but a little subdued all around in comparison (not to mention the roast malt!).

M: Satisfying. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not at all astringent despite the huge load of hops and roast malt.

O: A great beer. Dangerously drinkable like most good hoppy beers. If you are undecided as to whether you want a DIPA, imperial stout or barley wine, this is the perfect beer. Also a huge bargain price-wise, at least here in VT.

02-17-2012 00:40:55 | More by skivtjerry
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-12-2013 19:46:31 | More by doremite
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JustinTauscher

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2013 03:09:58 | More by JustinTauscher
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth, lightly roasted malts with large amounts of pine hops. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate and slighter still amounts of anise.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the complexity of the malts is not quite on par with that in the nose. Robust roasted malt flavors - more robust than almost all other CDAs I've had - kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of sticky pine hops. Midway through the sip hints of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee work their way into things, fading out into a solidly bitter ending. There's a good deal of warming on the way down, indicating the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was impressed with this beer after giving it a sniff but slightly less so after my first sip. Somewhere between a CDA and a hoppy American Double Stout, this beer is tasty and worth a shot.

01-10-2011 00:05:05 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

03-03-2013 00:11:39 | More by acurtis
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colbyguy

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

11-16-2012 01:23:28 | More by colbyguy
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Review from notes 12/28.

A: Dark black with a two finger tan head. Good retention, slowly settled to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing down the sides, not sheets, but a good amount left behind.

S: Hit right away with some nice floral hops, a little bit of pine. There is a grassy smell as well. This is followed up some roasted malts and chocolate.

T: Some very nice hops upfront, a nice combination of citrus and a little pine. It blends very nicely with the malty backbone as well as the chocolate and caramel that come through as well.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. I was very happy to have had this beer, it tasted great right off the tap, I only wish I could get some more.

01-13-2011 03:13:52 | More by mdaschaf
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KenC

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-21-2014 23:42:43 | More by KenC
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-23-2013 00:02:28 | More by Sammy
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-30-2012 05:13:34 | More by let8it8grow
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Picked up a bottle at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. This might be the first black DIPA I've had, or double black ale if you prefer. There's a slight edge of alcohol heat, but otherwise there's a great mix of citrus and roasted barley. There are clean, clear black malt notes jumping through the hops, but there's also a fruity, juicy undertone with figs and raisin. The aroma has a touch of molasses in with the grapefruit hops. The burnt grains come out more in the flavor, and are overpowered by rolling grapefruit, biting citrus zest and a mild floral undertone. Great beer.

01-22-2012 01:28:18 | More by tempest
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev 0%

A: Black as can be with a great, thick head (wonderful retention): lacing is beautiful; this beer looks amazing

S: Loads of pine, tar, citrus, and possibly a touch of chocolate splash across the nose first followed by some obvious booze

T: Although hop forward, this beer has an awesome chocolatey malt backbone which combined with the citrus and pine hop qualities makes for a tasty brew

F: Full bodied and creamy; this beer is like liquid velvet on the tongue

O: this is a boozy beer and is one to sip and share but I sure did enjoy nonetheless

07-22-2011 13:34:08 | More by dbossman
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

Got this in the Regional Growler BIF. Thanks baconsausage

Pours a deep black. Nice thick tan head like an oatmeal stout. Nice lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. But with a nice caramel and roast. Smells great.

Taste is awesome. Not too IPA-ish. Was expecting something like night stalker but is almost like a smooth drinkin stout. Nice hop flavor though. Slight bitterness with the roastyness and caramel. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Great carb.

Man glad I got one of these to try. Awesome beer. Grab one if you can.

03-25-2011 01:57:40 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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nickd717

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle shared thanks to Arbitrator.

Pours dark brown in color with slight reddish hues and a well-formed tan head with good lacing that clings to the ticking glass.

The aroma is big awesome citrus, orange especially. Almost like an IPA with just the slightest hint of roast.

The roast and chocolate come out much bigger on the flavor. Dry and charcoaly with a big citrus hop presence and slight caramel malt.

Very nice dry mouthfeel - almost gives you cottonmouth. Medium-bodied.

Really solid Black IPA overall. Surprisingly good and easy to drink for the ABV.

10-28-2010 06:14:27 | More by nickd717
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a dense black, with roughly 1 ½ fingers of rich mocha-colored head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger cap, which throws some sticky swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral feeling, with a green grapefruit smelling bitterness to it that is layered on top of notes of smoky roast and thick chocolate malts. That big ABV adds fullness and spicy fusels to the mix but without any obvious stinging warmth in the nostrils.

The taste starts with a thick chewy combo of chocolate and caramel sweetness before segueing into a crunchy wall of roasted coffee bitterness. Green citric hop character and spicy alcohol works their way into all of that sweetness and dark roast, stretching into the finish with a dry and warm pithiness that sticks to the tongue and eventually gives way to lingering notes of burnt malt and sweet sugars. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation, which sits on top of a chewy alcohol beefiness. Amazingly, beyond the fullness of the body and that spicy warmth, the 10% ABV is wonderfully hit here and I would never have guessed just what the full strength of this was, as it feels more like 8% at the most.

This was a VERY solid take on a Black IPA with a great even mix of sweetness, roast, and hops, and while I may question just why this beer had to be so strong, there is no doubt that it impressively hides that big ABV. I’m usually one to dive into a bomber of an IPA by myself but I’m glad that I had a buddy along for the ride with this one!

05-09-2011 19:27:32 | More by Kegatron
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Consumed during Hobo Tasting #4 with mikesgroove (as always) at RJ Rockers Brewery during a Thursday Taste & Tour session. Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this bottle! Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one and a half finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, and roasted sweet hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavors in this one were very well balanced. This was honestly the first time I had tasted a brew with a roasted sweet hop flavor in it (at least that is how I describe it). 10%!? I never would have known if me and Mike were not checking the bottles we were trying... The aroma given off by this one was quite nice as well. Not really a lot missing on this one to say the least. This is an absolute must try for anyone who is a fan of the style (whatever they decide to call it) or some one just curious.

02-18-2011 12:07:28 | More by thagr81us
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dave00100

Vermont

5/5  rDev +22.5%

01-01-2012 22:35:53 | More by dave00100
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Quite black & very nearly opaque – just hints of garnet / mahogany highlights. Big, dark tan (café con leche) head of pillowy foam that turn a tad rocky as it slowly settles. Nice retention and very nice lace.

S: Mix of hops & roasty malt. A bit of danky citrus & herbal hop character – but overall it is less strong and rather vague for what I would like. Roast is another story. Firm dark chocolate. Rather a good bit of sweetness ranging from molasses to bitter-sweet coffee. Hint of oddly bacony smoke. Generally, sort of a s’more dropped in the campfire smell. Dark fruit hints push out as it warms. Needs more hops.

T: Hops are far more pine, sap, & resin on the open than the nose. Just a touch of grapefruit / citrus comes through in the middle. The end turns to spicy resin. Very bitter and coating throughout. Sweet, but rather in a dark way – and with out being syrupy or cloying. Dark chocolate is main roasty malt notes. It is rounded out by some molasses & scorched toffee up front and by increasingly dry and roasty malt notes on the back end. Underlying very dark crystal malt base. Edge of raisin – from the edge of the cookie – darkened and even a touch burnt. Peppery (and a bit sweet) alcohol.

M: Big and rich mouthfeel, carbonation does not match. Low relative CO2 lends a soft smoothness. Loads of texture – from dextrins to hop oils. A touch soapy and slick. Stays semi-sweet for a really long time into the finish before the hops and alcohol push it drying. Obvious alcohol warmth & the barest hint of a bite.

D: Rich, very dark, robust, & darkly sweet malts. Hop character is perhaps a touch faded, but still there & very firmly bitter. Peppery alcohol shows proud, even for a 10% brew – yet it is oh so very drinkable. Well done. Not that you can throw it back (nor should you), as although it is not really sneaky it is very much potent. A sip and savor beer.

01-23-2012 00:16:30 | More by SickGnar
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

black as night nice medium brown head with nice lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy, resiny, piny, rusted malts and chocolate.

Taste is pretty similar...actually spot on but more chocolatey and roasted notes.

Feel is medium, creamy and slick.

Drink is pretty good. Nice and intense!

03-19-2011 02:16:25 | More by EgadBananas
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musicforairports

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

On-tap at The Schuffer Steak and Ale House in Burlington.

Definitely black, small, off-white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and some pine. Pretty sticky and a bit sweet.

Taste is robust, with a lot of roasted chocolate flavors. Hops take the form of a resin-y pine flavor with some citrus, but they aren't too strong. In some ways, this is like drinking a hoppy Imperial Stout. Alcohol is noticeable but less so than it could be for the ABV.

A bit syrupy on the mouth, appropriate level of carbonation.

This one is less hoppy than some I've had of the style and is definitely the most robust. It's a sipper and a decent beer overall.

05-02-2011 15:54:59 | More by musicforairports
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Black Moon IPA from Rock Art Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.