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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ricke on 05-17-2009

Introduced in May 2009. Black like a stout, hoppy like an IPA.

Maris Otter malt, roasted barley. Zeus and Saaz hops.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Norway.
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Reviews by PicoPapa:
Photo of PicoPapa
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a huge frothy head. Lots of sediment floating on the bottom. Tons of lacing. Kind of smells like a chocolate orange. Some coffee aroma as well. Flavor is some citrus and pine along with dark chocolate. Some coffee aftertaste. This is a pretty good Black IPA minus the gross look of it. I'm not sure how old this beer is but if it isn't too fresh it has held up pretty well. Fair amount of hops mixed with dark chocolate and coffee. Overall I liked it and would grab it again, even though it looks unappealing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly jet black with a two finger mocha colored head atop that settled slowly into a frothy mass,great retention to the head.The big citric,resiny hop aromas really took me back in a good way,I knew the hops were gonna be big but this was great.Again the hops are huge along with some dark roast,and slight woodiness.Flavors are a bit more even,the resiny hops are mixed with a healthy dose of roast and molasses-like sweetness.This is a great beer,best of the style I have had,just a great hop profile.

Photo of ricke
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the brewer, this is a stout that is hopped like an IPA. Hops used are Zeus (aka Columbus or Tomahawk).

A: Jet black with a big brown and creamy head with very good retention. Nice lacings. A fine looking brew.

S: Pleasant fresh hop aromas up front. Floral notes, hop resins, some citric notes. Faint spices. The hops blend nicely with a roasted malty backbone with nice coffee and chocolate aromas. A very good and fascinating smell.

T: Again, the hops are up front and quite aggressive. Very fresh hop flavors, floral notes, resins and perhaps some grapefruit. However, the hops are not as powerful as in the smell, nor as complex. Nice foundation of roasted malts, big coffee flavors, chocolate. Perhaps some spices, faint vanilla and licorice. The finish is rather bitter (80 IBU) with pleasant flavors of roasted malts, pine-needles, hop resins and wood. All in all, a very nice tast with a beatiful mix of fresh hops and the "usual" stout flavors of coffee and chocolate.

M: Medium body going towards full. Quite alot of carbonation, actually that slightly bothers me.

D: This is a really great stout with a wonderful hop character. Would definitely drink it again if I had the opportunity. Highly recommended.

Photo of brownbeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black with about the same viscosity and a brown head.

Sprucey hop resins on the nose with a heavy coffee note.

Medium to full bodied and definately drinks like a stout. Has a chocolatey fade but the hops set it apart from your average imperial stout. Very well made and worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
2.16/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: licorice, chocolate, rubber, and faint hops

Taste: chocolate, cream, burnt wood, slight hops, with a funky medicinal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body, sweet with a funky aftertaste

Drinkability: The smell and the aftertaste kill this beer for me and it was borderline drainpour. The hop presence is faint at best. The body is ok. I think there are much better in the style and will be passing this by.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a black color with a tan head.

The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate malt, smoke, tobacco and piney hops. The malt is pretty strong, but you can definitely get the hop character in the aroma.

The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. There is some piney bitterness that really seems to go well with the darker malts.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

One of the best Black IPAs I have tried.

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours completely black - really one of the inkiest in recent memory - with a brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate first and foremost with good amounts of spicy, citrus, and somewhat floral hops bringing up the rear.

Tastes good. The hops are a bit more at the forefront than they were in the smell. Strong roasted malt flavors up front with hints of chocolate and coffee are joined quickly by good amounts of citrus and mildly spicy hops. The hop flavors carry through to a bitter ending that leaves equal parts citrus hop and dark chocolate lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very good thickness with smooth and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished the bottle very quickly and could have a few more.

Overall I was expecting another Black IPA but instead got a Blackest IPA. One of the hoppier stouts I've had and one that's well worth a shot.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shit - this is Danish? And here I thought I was finally going to try a Norwegian-made beer. Looks like I still am, though, as it's at least made in Norway...Kitschy Men in Black takeoff imagery on the label.

This beer pours a total black, no backlit highlights, no embedded hues. It has a copious amount of puffy, foamy light brown head, which slowly settles, leaving some well-spaced striations of lace around the glass. It smells of roasted chocolate malt, and citrus, weedy hops. The taste is smoky malt, dry chocolate, mild instant coffee, and comparatively mild leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is a bit south of moderate, the body medium weight, creamy, and just a bit prickly. It finishes off-dry, the grainy chocolate tempered for the most part by unheralded hops.

A pretty good stout, the hops doing their job to provide balance, as opposed to the expectation of a hop-bomb implied in the four different mentions/depictions on the label. It also doesn't hurt that the hefty alcohol is all but unnoticeable, as far as this review is concerned, at least.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown, with a very small tan colored head. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: The aroma almost has a break in it, the hoppy/grass/citrus is up front and then there is almost nothing and then some roasted malt and a bit of coffee on the back end.

T: Very similar to the aroma both in flavor and in the way the beer is presented. The hops are all up front, light grass and citrus with the back end dominated by roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied and on the lower end of carbonation, leaves it with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: Not my favorite black IPA. I typically prefer the black and IPA portions to be blended more than they are here.

Photo of rigdont
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar with an amazing date. Glad we could share this one Katie.

A- I split this two ways so it showed up in two little 4 oz snifters. Black as a stout with a 1 finger head the color of creamy coffee.

S- Holy shit. That is all I can say. This beer smells as good if not better than any beer I have ever laid nostrils on before. It smells like some awesome green. It has that perfect piney, resinous smell with some citrus notes as well. A smell like this can only come from such a fresh beer.

T- The taste doesn't let you down. I thoroughly enjoy Black IPAs in the first place and this rivals one of my favorites (Stone SSR). The beer first taste like a stout, with notes of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste then completely shifts to hops, glorious piney, resinous hops with hints of citrus. This beer was so crisp.

M- The mouthfeel was good, carbonation was right for the style.

D- I could have drank these until I wound up being like the appearance of the beer... blacked out.

I would have liked to have taken the entire keg home with me and swim in this stuff. The smell of this beer got me so excited and the taste didn't let me down, it was amazing.

Photo of alamode
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle into Duvel Tulip

A-black with a brown 2-finger head that reduces to a ring of brown foam until finished.

S-smoke, chocolate malt, hops, a little booze in the end

T-smokey with coffee/chocolate malt and some hops...some alcohol too...a nice porter, actually! Very few Stout characteristics in this one...

M-medium body with appropriate carbonation.

D-this drank like a Porter to me and ended up being really good, too. My first beer from this brewery...I will try their other offerings...

(edit from notes: changed Taste from 4.0 to 3.0, Drinkability from 4.0 to 3.0 and Appearance from 4.0 to 3.5)

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

Jonah's bottle, via Premiere Gourmet. Pours dark black with fomay brown head abundant, and abundant head. Roasty aroma. Pours oily creamy that leads to above-average mouthfeeel. Like a hoppy RIS, with chocolate. Very drinakble.Though pricey, its still good value.

Photo of phillybeer7779
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay glass from a bottle (very cool bottle, btw!). Very dark with about a half inch of head with minimal lacing. Smells like a somewhat muted Imperial Stout, the usual coffee and roastiness is there, but more restrained. The taste is roasted, with a solid hops presence, and for some reason I'm reminded of weed, especially in the aftertaste. Solid mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness (and pot!). Drinkable, but I can't say I want to drink another right now, though it does hide the 8.5% nicely. Recommended for someone that wants to try something very different.

Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Pours black in color with a huge brown head that strangely has two layers, a lower brown one and an upper tan one. Really interesting look. Ridiculous retention.

Aroma is roast, coffee, piney hops, and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is very good, with all the characteristics of a roasty stout: roasted malt, caramel malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate, along with a blast of piney and resinous hops, maybe a little citrus too.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and body is fairly full. Very nice beer overall.

Drinkability is not awesome as this beer gets to be a bit much eventually, but it's good.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large lasting tan head.
Nose shows plenty of roasted malt with hints of ground coffee and dark chocolate. In the background there's piney and resinous hops.
Very similar flavours but rather sweet with big syrupy character. Very full-on.
Rich slick mouthfeel with low carbonation that really could be upped a bit.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter roasted malt is quite dominant with some strong dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by dry bitter roasted malt notes with some deep citrus oriented hoppy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I have hard time understanding how this beer is rated so high. It is an OK version of a style that I don’t particularly like but not sure what really stands out. Also, the Saaz hops are very hard to pick-up in this mix.

Photo of Miriamrv
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

a - thick and almost syrupy deep deep dark brown -- almost black. a 1/4 inch tan/light brown head quickly rises. intricate, tiny bubbling lace clings to the glass.

s - cocoa and sweet roasty malts with a bit of tart citrus.

t - more roasted cocoa malts and an initial bitterness on the tip of the tongue. rich toasty flavors play nicely with the lingering hops.

m - feels creamy and frothy with a velvety soft quality. the prickles of carbonation cut into the thickness and richness of this hefty beer.

d - delicious and drinkable, but not a beer i would drink more than one of in a single sitting. (than again, it is a 24 oz bottle :)). however, i look forward to enjoying this beer again in the future. yum.

Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark with four fingers of tan suds and nice lacing.
Smell is raisin and cocao and a little bit of coffee. It has nice caramel and smokey qualities.
Taste is a bitter mix of coffee and hops with a cocao malt that has a cherry in the background.
A sweet aftertaste and a sticky tounge make this very nice in the mouthfeel catagory.
I would drink a bunch of this but it's too hard to find around here and just a bit too much cost wise.
No alcohol is present in the taste or the aftertaste. This stout is very well made.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Bosse. I had seen this beer pop up on the site every once and a while, but never really was able to track one down. Thrilled to be able to review it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/15/2010.

The pour is honestly just incredible. Black as night with a huge tan head on top that never did fade on me. This thing had staying power like I have never seen before. Three inches of head that sat on top all night and as it dropped left tons of spider web like lacing all up and down the sides of the glass, simply remarkable.

The aroma was unlike anything I had come across. Deep chocolate malts, touches of roasted notes, and a deep hop presence combined to form a wall of smell that was knocking me out. Warming brought out tons of sweet, melodic notes of warm alcohol and molasses only to be cut by piney hops and brought to a whole different level. Each sip was like dessert for me. Decadent flavor coated the tongue from the rich, smooth feel. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee notes collide and mesh with the huge drying hops in the back of the profile. Really just insanely well done. A touch of alcohol pokes its head up but does not come close to being distracting in anyway.

Overall this was just what I needed tonight, rich, different, and just incredible. I would love to see this one the shelves around here soon, unlike anything.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color - and is black when viewed from afar. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with slight hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with notes of caramel and toffee malts along with a light amount of bitterness. Hints of spiciness are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't as hoppy as some of the other beers I've had but I won't hold this against the beer because it was aged for a year.

Photo of spicelab
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with thanks to Chris@Slowbeer

Darkest possible brown, slightly bronze when poured against the light. Rich coffee-coloured head, about 1.5 fingers, falls slowly until a resilient film remains.

Very fresh mint and pine, equally matched by roasty and pungent coffee, dark chocolate and bready malts. Some fruity and citrus hop notes can't quite compete with the malts but create intrigue. Just an outstanding interplay between hops and malt that fuses into something truly distinctive.

Roasty and sweet malts assert their superiority, sweet black coffee in spades. But somehow the fresh mint and pine character isn't dulled at all.

Very even, syrupy mouthfeel, with medium carbonation and a demure bitterness. A touch of prickle on the mid.

Best ABA / black IPA I've had to date. I've tended to find roasted malts overshadow hop character in this style, but the kind of menthol-esque freshness from the hops used in this don't seem to suffer. Beer Here have pulled off something special with this finely calibrated creation.

Photo of andylipp
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Deep Ellum Boston, 13 oz. pour.

Wow, I enjoyed this beer.

Black pour, topped by a thick, mocha-colored head that stuck around a bit, with some great lacing on the glass as I sipped.

Smelled amazing! Chocolate roasty-ness and citric hops.

Tasted just like the nose would lead you to believe. Great balance, in that it was not overly sweet nor dry. Finished with a nice hoppy bitterness that didn't linger. Fairly viscous on the palate.

Drinkability was off the charts. It was all I could do to slowly sip (the 8.5 abv made it necessary to show restraint).

Really loved it.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an inky oily black with a massive puffy molasses-colored head. this looks fantastic in the glass. smell is more stout than ipa- the hops are definitely there but so is mellow cocoa. taste is more ipa than stout, although the malt does show up and provide a pretty good balance near the end. make sure you let this one warm up, and the mouthfeel is smooth as silk. initially i thought i would take issue with it being called a stout, but i think i'm starting to come around. and at the end of the day, who really gives a shit? just enjoy it.

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed on jul´11. Quite black color,dark mahogany to the light. Light brown,small bubbled,froth forms a copious, lasting,thick & dense crown.Foamy rings. Floral, toasted malt,piney hop aromas,fresh mint hues. Found flavors are moderate toasted malts,hops & underlying spices,hints of cocoa & candies.But increasing hoppy flavor win the match while ABV remains well hidden.Medium body, medium carbonation.Bitter slightly watery finish.Coffee notes & resiny sensation on the aftertaste. Pretty good drinkability.Flavorful & refreshing.

Photo of IronMickey
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: amazing looking beer. pure black with a massive, dark khaki (like the darkest shade of desert fatigues), foamy head-- look like you could set the bottle cap on it.

S: nose packs a hop wallop but is extremely complex. I keep taking deep whiffs-- each time I get more. plums, chocolate, some wood. just a great, interesting smell. very inviting.

T: the taste holds up its end of the bargain. terrific hop character but that is certainly underscored by a host of undertones that makes for an intriguing pull. chocolate, fruit, wood, biscuits, toffee. for a beer I was expecting to be dominated by its hops, the folks at BeerHere did a great job of making it far more interesting.

M: great, really enjoyable carbonation. it's thick, but not syrupy. the carbonation makes its thickness more textured. good stuff.

D: this stuff is great-- one of the better beers I've had. I had solid expectations but nothing like what delivered. needless to say, extremely drinkable.

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