Black Moon IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 37
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AlexJ on 10-03-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of imagineiii. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours near black with an off-white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose is a bit plain with some woody characteristics and a bit of dryness. There is a bit of a perfume-like character there as well, perhaps from some floral-forward hops. The flavor has a lot of roast plus some pine and more of the perfume notes. Feel is brought down by this, as it almost seems like someone sprayed perfume way too close to my face right before I inhaled. Overall, this was pretty good, though nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the hobo tasting at RJ Rockers last night, we went with some damn good DIPA's that I will be the first to admit knocked me for a bit of a loop after a long break. But got a love good beer, good company, and being surrounded by fermenters, still does not beat a chucky cheese. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 02/17/2011.

The last of the tasting I had acquired this gem from Rock art and clocking in at 10% here we go. Dark black pour with a inch and a half of tan that leaps off the top of the beer. Settling down it coats the sides of the glass with a deep layer of lacing and a firm staying power. Hops are much more upfront here than in the previous two. Deep citrus comes through the air followed by a nice roasted malt, brown sugar, earthy and a touch of light peat. Follow through in the flavor was gorgeous with a sustained hop bite that melted away into a smooth sweet malt finish that had just enough left to dry the palate. 10% abv, where???

Overall the winner of the day for me, until I got home, but really very well done and probably my favorite thing I have had from Rock Art.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from baconsausage so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large dense foamy light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, roasted malts, chocolate and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and citrus. The malt character is very hearty and provides a nice balance, which I feel is the most difficult trait to achieve in this style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong and well-disguised kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at das bierhaus burlington, VT.

Light creamy head fades semi slowly with light lacing, darker almost black beer with ruby hints of light sneaking through the edges.

Nose a bit of roast and dark chocolate, bakers choc, caramel, vanilla, hint of molasses, then a bit of earthy and light spicy hops, even light citrus hops. Light cocoa later.

Taste semi sweet creamy dark malts, milk chocolate and chocolate milk, oats, bakers choc, light roast, hint of coffee and espresso, caramel and vanilla. Then nice earthy hops, light spicy and citrus hops, decent bitterness. as it warms and mellows in my mouth more cocoa comes out with hint of cinnamon and coffee. As out finishes a ton of coffee comes out, espresso and more biter spicy hops.

Mouth is creamy and med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, slightest hint of booze.

overall very nice, good dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and bitter hops balanced well.

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nkersten for picking this up in Vermont. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that settles to a solid thin cap, and leaves behind attractive splotchy lacing. The body is near-black, but reveals some reddish transparency when held to the light.

S - Lots of baker's chocolate, and some light pine, floral, and herbaceous hops. That being said, the malt backbone has enough complexity to keep things interesting, and there is thankfully none of that cheesy faded hop aroma.

T - Sweet baker's chocolate, light caramel, and some light citrus character as well. Nice hop bitterness that is present but initially well-attenuated. As I worked through 10oz or so the bitterness mounted to a fairly intense level by the end.

M - Smooth medium-full body, soft carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a pleasant roasty dry finish.

D - I'm guessing this was terrific fresh, but at this stage it's merely "pretty good". I had no problem sharing a bomber, and would seek this out if I heard of a new batch in the works.

Edit - imagineiii has kindly pointed out that there were two batches - one from late September, and one from mid-November. Based on purchase location, I'm inclined to think I had the latter.

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at American Flatbread, South Burlington, VT

Poured an opaque black with miniscule brown highlights, and a small tan head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles. Big hops and roasty malts in the aroma. I love black IPAs because it doesn't look like they should be so hoppy, but they are. Crisp hop bitterness up front with a toasted caramel maltiness accompanying. Piney, and a bit woody. Medium mouthfeel, and about the texture of a typical IPA; quite drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight grapefruit nose, flavor is grapefruit and hints of caramel, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Decent DIPA. $5.49 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark tan head over the barely translucent dark reddish brown brew. Head collapses slowly, settling at a strong 1/2" and holding, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is miminal.

Taste has a peek of sweet to start, an undercurrent of slightly acrid bitterness from stem to stern, a shot of dark fruit in the middle, and a cream yet more bitter close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Never would have guessed this brew is 10%abv.

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A new Rock Art ale? Rejoice! In fact, it's a style that is quickly gaining in popularity among hop-heads (American Black IPA aka cascadian dark ale).

Pours a pitch black color with a small brown head into my tulip glass. Very appropiate color-wise.

Aroma is chock full of floral, grassy hops with just a hint of roasted malt character (its not overdone).

Hops greet the tongue with a character that compliments the malt. I want to say that they have a prominent taste that is grassy in nature witrh a tiny hint of citrus. They do not overload the palate like a few other examples. Other flavors I detect err among the lines of chocolate/coffee in the malt.

Mouthfeel is muted for good effect, allowing the drinker to enjoy the fine characteristics of the malt. Alcohol is barely noticed until about half-way through the glass. Deceptive.

This is a fine example of the style and honestly, it is far more drinkable fresh than Rock Art's other hoppy examples. Not to take anything away, but I would love to age a bottle of this to see how the flavors mellow throughout time. I would recommend this to fans of the style.

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Rock Art with JLindros on a beer trip up to VT. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark, dark brown nearly black with a good bubbly, thick two finger dark mocha head that leave big, big clumps of lacing. Really, really good.

S - Really nice here too! Roasty, chocolate malts (light on the chocolate), with some dank musty citrusy hops. Very very dank here. The aroma of brewing wafts out of the nose.

T - Wow, impressive here. Alcohol isnt really evident in this at all, which is awesome. Nice thick, roasty malts, not a whole lot of chocolate just roast with more of those musty dank hops. Pine notes and almost oil with a strong bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is superb with this. Nicely carbonated for a black IPA, the slight prickly sensation keeps it up off the tongue with the 10% hidden wonderfully. It does hit sudden though.

O - Overall this was a shockingly good beer from Rock Art, a brewery that for me doesn't show off much wow factor beers. This is a very well executed black IPA.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of a generous NE trader.

Pours dark, dark brown, almost completely black in the glass with a thick beige head that recedes to small cap and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is a combination of dark chocolate malts, cocoa powder and juicy citrus hops.

The taste is a bit more astringent with some grapefruit and roasted chocolate malts, which take on a slightly bitter character. The finish is more piny and resinous than anything the aroma suggested.

The mouthfeel is excellent, medium to full bodied and very creamy but with strong carbonation.

This is one of the better dark IPAs I've had and the most impressive aspect is the exceptional drinkability for the 10% ABV. Tastes like chocolate covered oranges.

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