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Black Moon IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 37
Gots: 16 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

sailorastro, Nov 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

dunix, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark burgundy, almost a blackish brown, that was partially opaque. Poured with a reasonable mocha brown head that clung to the sides very well. Aroma was mostly grainy malt, reminded me muchly of a stout. Hints of chocolate aroma as well. Taste was hoppy with a bit of lactose sweetness mingled with the bitter. Coated well, with a bit of tingly on the tongue. A fair bit of chew as well. Overall a nice beer, but the IPA in the name was a bit of misnomer.

mountdew1, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of CB_Crowe
4.5/5  rDev +10%

CB_Crowe, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

ghostwalker, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

dubinsky, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Digimaika2, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

jlogan7, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

PretzelsNBeer, Aug 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

whartontallboy, Jul 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

ooftu, Jul 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

DWolf, Jul 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

doggball, Jul 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

bostonryan, Jul 03, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

markasparov, Jun 01, 2012
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.

rudzud, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

nrs207, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Bockerdoppel91, May 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

prisdefer, Apr 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Maseitz, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Massbmx, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

SpillyBeers, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

bigorange, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of skivtjerry
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

skivtjerry, Feb 17, 2012
Black Moon IPA from Rock Art Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.