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Black Moon IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: AlexJ on 10-03-2010

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3.72/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of marcdalke
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

They aren't kidding when they say "black". No light getting through this puppy.
S- roasty, floral notes
T- a lot going on. Complex. Roast, some chocolate, dark fruits, pine, sweet but not cloying or overdone, bitter in the finish. Every sip brings out something new. Where is the 10%? It's well hidden!
M- another poster described this as viscous...yeah, that's it. Good body and the lacing sticks around. The carbonation is spot on.
I only picked up one bottle of this on a recent trip to VT. Damn...hopefully I'll be back up there soon. I'm definitely seeking this one out again.

Photo of wil19b85
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought this originally for a friend and after trading it decided I better go back and get one for myself before it was gone. Very smart decision on my part.

A - Very dark. No light shining through this one! Also showing off with a nice frothy 2 finger head. 15 minutes in and it is still holding a nice foamy layer.

S - It carries a very roasty smell. Dark chocolate, and coffee first come to mind.

T - Starts on a hoppy note. Finishes with a bitter side.

M - Initially it has a very viscus feel. The carbonation at first sip really helps play on the hoppy flavors in the beer. I noticed as that dissipated the bitter notes came through very nicely.

Overall I'd say this was a real treat. Some nights when I get home from slaving in the kitchen all day I really just need one beer before crashing in bed for the night. It also really helps when that beer is at a nice 10%. Now that might not necessarily be how my night went tonight but I'll keep this one in mind when it is. Assuming I can get more at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT. Cheers.

Photo of brewtus
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in VT. Pours dark brown with a frothy single finger head. Smells like fresh hops, cocoa, a little coffee. Taste starts fresh and hoppy and finishes with a bitter smokey flavor. I get some dark chocolate and coffee in the after taste. This is a great combination of hops and stout-like flavored that is balanced perfectly. The texture is Thicker than an ipa but thinner than a stout or porter, very enjoyable. This is probably one of the best black IPAs I've ever had.

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2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hint of pine and earthy notes

T-dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, pine, hints of citrus and a nice bitter hop finish, alcohol very well integrated for such a high ABV

F-medium body with mod erase carbonation, crisp

O-really like this black ale, was surprisingly tasty and very well-balanced, will be drinking more of this

Photo of babbules
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into a weisen glass. Beautifully dark with around a finger of cream-colored head. Great lacing! The smell is very hoppy with lots of pine. Great taste and mouthfeel that starts bitter and slightly sweet and finishes clean, leaving hints of pine on the tongue. Too bad this is a limited production, I'd definitely like to have this one many more times!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Black Moon IPA from Rock Art Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.