Black Moon IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 37
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 62
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra in a trade with TCassel1. Thanks Todd!

A: Dark, dark brown with nice lacing and good rim of tannish head.

S: Nice black ipa smell: Wild pungent hops flirt nicely with toasty malts. clean water is present in the smell, a nice aroma that i hope leads into the flavor.

T: Malt up front with pungent hop esters. A good amount of alcohol sweetenss and great bitterness. A little bit of flowers come through, but it's shrouded in darkness. I think a little more hops would make this a touch better.

M: Smooth and great.

D: It's a easy to drink beer. Nice.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of snowranger05
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, a Lucious dark ale that satisfies the hophead in me. Bought by my fiancé on a trip to VT, I knew nothing about the brew and had no expectations. In fact, when it was poured a saw the deep rich brown/black, catching me off gaurs because I didn't even look at the label--I expected a standard IPA!

The hop character comes through strongly in both the aroma and flavor. Heavy on the citrus, much to my pleasure. According to the Coop flyer it's got Magnum, Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops.

malt isn't really detectable in the nose, but in the flavor it comes across with notes of chocolate and even dark maple syrup. The merging of malt and hop flavor is wonderful; never before have I been so tempted to chug a 10% brew.

They nailed the body, too. About what you would expect from a DIPA.

Overall this beer is excellent. I'm going to call my friends in Montpellier and have them pick up several more for the cellar:)

Photo of Brad007
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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 nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Thanks Kristin!

A: Pours a dark brown body, appearing nearly opaque in the glass except for some edge translucence. The head is a creamy, light mocha cap that retains well and leaves beautiful, broken, big-bubbled film on top of the beer. Nice collar and lace. It actually reminds me of a well-poured nitro stout; just a great appearance.

S: Mmm. Dark chocolate and oranges. I used to feel that those flavors clash, but well-done black IPAs have convinced me otherwise. This is no exception; it has a masterful balance of citrus and dark malts, with secondary hop notes of pine and a slight herbal nose.

T: Chocolate-forward, with a touch of roast. When cold, it tastes like a hoppy stout, but as it warms and the pine flavors emerge, it captures that middle ground that I expect from a black IPA. A nice melange of chocolate, citrus, pine hops. A small presence of anise teases it toward the traditional stout side, but there's an herbal counterbalance that tugs it right back. It really straddles the fence nicely, this one.

M: Medium-full bodied, with a well-disguised alcohol content. Lots of flavor, a malty finish that leaves just the smallest warming presence on its way down. It has some lingering bitterness that would normally be a flaw, but it brings with it some malt to produce a dark chocolate effect.

D: I had no expectations from this beer, and I came away massively impressed. Recommended. It goes down with a surprising ease that belies its massive alcohol content and (damn it) bomber packaging. Why do 10% beers need to come in 22oz formats?

Anyway, sorry, Cascade region: you've been served.

Photo of VTbeerbroad
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer the first day it was available at the Co-Op. I have not been a big fan of Rock Art in the past, but I must say that this was delicious.

It pours pretty much like oil. Thick and black, with a big hearty head and plenty of lacing. It smells like s'mores cooking over a bonfire in the woods in October. Chocolatey, piney, malty, hoppy goodness with a lingering kind of fruity finish.

I wish I could afford to drink this every day, because I know it's gonna be a long cold winter.
Good work, people.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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 iheartmanatees
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a collaboration between Rock Art and Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier.

A healthy pour of Black Moon produced a tan colored, thick and creamy head. The beer was pretty much black.

Smelled of dark chocolate, piney hops, and faint alcohol.

Taste was full of dark roasted malts, plentiful piney hops, and a touch of alcohol in back.

Body was full for a black IPA.

This is a wonderful beer that will keep you warm on a crisp fall evening. Black Moon is my favorite Rock Art to date.

-I am also new to the reviews-

Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany brown, almost black, with a moderate beige head that has good stick.

Aroma of cascade citrus, marmalade, pine, and hints of sweet char and dark roast.

Flavors between IPA and a Brown Porter on steroids. Nice caramel, roast barley, and dark fruit meet with citrus, pine, and herbal earthy hops. IBUs are listed as 65 and could honestly use a bit more to balance the high ABV and malt flarors.

Medium bodied and quite drinkable. The hefty 10% ABV isn't noticed until the end of the first pint.

Just happened to be in VT on vacation and surprised to see this was not in the database...must be brand new and very fresh.

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Black Moon IPA from Rock Art Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.