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Dark Hops - Beer Here

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very good

145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ricke on 05-17-2009)
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Dark Hops pours a near pitch-black. I've seen imperial stouts that are less black than this beer. Only when you hold it directly to a lamp can you say "Oh, this IS brown after all." A somewhat aggressive pour yields three fingers of head. The foam is deeply tan, like a mocha drink really. The beer naturally leaves thick lines of lace as it recedes, and this is before I've even taken a first sip. A very impressive looking stout.

I don't know how old this bottle is but the hops certainly smell like they've seen better days. Distantly dank, the hops come across as having soured. Past the hops there is a good deal of cocoa powder, maybe Coco Puffs cereal. It isn't a lush chocolate aroma, and there isn't much roast. It is kind of chalky, actually.

What I said aloud right after the first taste: "I wouldn't have bought this if I'd known I had 5 other bottles of this in my fridge under the label 'Boulevard Bully! Porter.'" This beer tastes remarkably like Boulevard's superb, criminally underrated, roasty & hoppy American Porter. You get some roast and tobacco and ash up front with a subdued citrus fruit component all backed up with a drying, cocoa powder taste. The hops don't take away from the stout flavors. They aren't completely harmonious, but the interplay is fun and not at all striking any discord.

Mouthfeel is somewhere in between medium and heavy in body. The carbonation isn't too active but you can still make out the tiny, soda pop-like bubbles. It is pretty up there in alcohol for a non-Imperial Stout. As such the drinkability suffers just a bit; this doesn't offer the same intensity of flavor per ABV percentage ratio as many beers of a similar ABV% do. It is still above average in the category, I'd say.

This is a very good stout by my estimation. I personally love hoppy dark beers, so take that into account. Your mileage may vary. It is a less-intense version of Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, basically. If you see this beer on the shelf then it is definitely worth a purchase. It is among my favorite American Stouts now.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 01:25:24 | More by Reaper16
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-19-2014 17:02:42 | More by fostachild
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Iowa

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06-27-2014 18:50:40 | More by sammyg832
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pine resins, some citrus, roasted malts, chocolate and sweet caramel/toffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bitter pine resins, citrus, some earthiness, roasted malts, dark chocolate and some faint caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev 0%

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Australia

4/5  rDev 0%

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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 17:40:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 25/11/13

A very dark brown with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam has great retention leaving 5 distinct pencil thin rings before falling to a thin film, looks great

S chocolate syrup, faint smoke, floral, lots of tropical citrus, pine, a little booze and licorice

T coffee I didn't smell, big citrus and pine but the char and dark chocolate's just as strong, two extremes seem to work together

M medium full, a bitter bite, slick, almost slimy, a little heat, lots of rind, char and chocolate on the finish

O balance if far off in every direction if that makes any sense, rind, pine, big dark roast and char mingle well together, booze is well concealed

best of both worlds in this one, big swings from one sip to another, there's many things I don't like about Alberta but my selection of beer isn't one of them. I'm curious how this has a BB of 2017, perhaps the BIPA BW is the next style?

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 05:08:56 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

10-27-2013 01:09:26 | More by FadetoBock
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Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-26-2013 20:11:41 | More by jaydoc
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leckart

California

4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really mellow but rich and toasty, which is very surprising especially for a black ipa. So many of them are over-hopped and/or bitter, but not this one. On the other hand, this one is not at all bland or watery either. This guy is super drinkable but also complex. It's in the top three black ipa's I've ever had -- and I've tasted at least a dozen of them.

Serving type: on-tap

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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

09-21-2013 21:48:37 | More by petermethot
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Liquoric3

Germany

4/5  rDev 0%

08-15-2013 06:00:59 | More by Liquoric3
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 17:33:37 | More by metter98
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New York

4/5  rDev 0%

08-11-2013 17:32:04 | More by smithj4
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a tulip

pours a dark brown color with a 2 inch light, lasting beige head. big alcohol/boozy aroma on the nose. well..this is definitely not an IPA. taste is big on bitter booziness. dont dislike it but its not what i was expecting. not hoppy at all. the label art is a lie! full bodied with medium carbonation. huge alcohol taste makes this one not very drinkable. i would have guessed this was more in the 10-11% ABV than 8.5.

overall not bad flavorwise, but the massive alcohol punch wasnt very pleasant. would pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-11-2013 13:59:09 | More by doremite
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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-17-2013 23:14:35 | More by bcuz7
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babaracas

Florida

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red tinged dark brown with billowing tan head, settles to a nice clump in the middle of the glass with sticky rings of lace. Smell: some roast, black bread, pine and floral hopping. Taste: milk chocolate, light roast, pine, candied fruit, citrus peel. Nice black IPA with porter leanings... nothing mind blowing, not worth the sticker price.

Serving type: bottle

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macrosmatic

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark brown, somewhat translucent, with a thick, fluffy light tan head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Fruity chocolate is the overall impression for me. Chocolate roasted malts, citrus and bits of tropical fruit hops. Some pine hops lingering about in the background. This doesn't have a huge nose, but what's there is good.

T: Deep-roasted malt and bitterness (combination of roast and hop bitterness). Citrus rinds and pine resin in the hop profile, but overall this isn't as hoppy as one would expect. Hop bitterness and roast bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium to heavy body, mild alcohol burn, and good carbonation sensation.

O: This is pretty tasty, but not quite as hoppy as I was hoping for in a Black IPA. If there's going to be this amount of roasted malt in the beer, the hops have to be bigger, especially the dry-hopping. Still, very happy to have tried it.

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Dark Hops from Beer Here
89 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.