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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
90
outstanding

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 36
Gots: 14 | 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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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop. Always a great lineup of beer!

Looks very pretty. Dark brown/ black body with a finger of tan head.

Super clean nose. Almost reminds me of a Hill Farmstead brew a little cause it's just so clean and crisp. A hint of the malt here, but less than I expected.

Flavor is clean, crisp bitterness with moderate malt. With this dark of a body, I am surprised by how much this tastes like a normal IPA. Very tasty and still a little green even, although it's nearly a year old.

Mouthfeel is crisp, tooth-strippingly tart and quenching. Nice mouthful.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Not at all what I expected for the style, but just pure pleasure to sip. The ABV is well hidden, I was shocked to see 10% on the label. Drinks like 6.5% to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:10:42 | More by ghostwalker
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dubinsky

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-29-2012 04:40:24 | More by dubinsky
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken July 14, 2012.

(4.0) A: Black with tall semi-creamy mocha coloured head. Very good retention and sticky lacing.

(4.5) S: Pine, honey, roasted notes of rich dark chocolate and lesser amount of dark coffee bean, vanilla. Lots of variety and complexity.

(4.0) T: Caramel-like malt, rich dark chocolate, citrus-like hops, vanilla, dark fruit elements poke through. Alcohol well hidden.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Syrup-like with an oily texture.

(4.0) D: Very nice collaboration between one of my favourite VT breweries and favourite co-op's.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:12:12 | More by Digimaika2
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-12-2012 02:27:02 | More by jlogan7
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

07-24-2012 23:56:13 | More by whartontallboy
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ooftu

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.9%

07-22-2012 15:35:21 | More by ooftu
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-09-2012 04:04:34 | More by doggball
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-03-2012 17:04:50 | More by bostonryan
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markasparov

District of Columbia

1.75/5  rDev -57%

06-01-2012 03:41:29 | More by markasparov
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:00:31 | More by rudzud
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-22-2012 05:25:30 | More by nrs207
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-16-2012 22:50:34 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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prisdefer

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

04-21-2012 23:14:17 | More by prisdefer
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Maseitz

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-21-2012 01:36:28 | More by Maseitz
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-16-2012 23:40:42 | More by Massbmx
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2012 03:41:32 | More by SpillyBeers
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bigorange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-25-2012 03:08:36 | More by bigorange
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-20-2012 17:56:17 | More by chrispoint
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:40:55 | More by skivtjerry
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cburns48

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-15-2012 02:34:49 | More by cburns48
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:25:00 | More by jdhilt
Black Moon IPA from Rock Art Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.