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The Great Dismal Black IPA - O'Connor Brewing Co.

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The Great Dismal Black IPAThe Great Dismal Black IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Great Dismal Black IPA, named after the wildlife refuge.
The Great Dismal Swamp, in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, once used as a part of the Intracoastal Waterway, is a dark, full bodied ale, extensively hopped both in bittering and aroma.
"Great with bold hop flavor, Dismal in color, Delicious all around" ~ 7.5% ABV 65 IBUs

(Beer added by: blackie on 11-20-2010)
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John_Beeryman

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-21-2014 13:22:12 | More by John_Beeryman
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-19-2014 05:31:40 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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MattSharpless

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.6%

07-17-2014 19:17:40 | More by MattSharpless
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malprep

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer in DoG cafe in Williamsburg, NC. Great craft Gastropub. This beer was great to go along with my English themed meal. Great presentation, perfect head, wonderful aroma, great taste and mouthfeel. Perfect to go along with my Shepherds Pie.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2014 23:44:02 | More by malprep
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stanielstein


5/5  rDev +25.6%

07-12-2014 19:08:30 | More by stanielstein
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really have a hard time reviewing beers for a couple of reasons. First, being new at this I don't provide the standard review but figure as long as I'm honest that's all that matters. Second is that I've not much in the smell department. I guess I can blame that on 24 years in the military.
Anyway, this beer is a wonderful deception. I've drank enough IPAs to know what to expect as the nectar breaches my lips to coat my tongue. It's DARK - polar opposite of pale. This feels and tastes much more like a very nice stout, one that I'd put up to the best out there.
The head was quick to rise and slow to dissipate, with Klingons all around the glass for the entire consumption. Nice smoky aftertaste mixed with coffee and maybe a wee bit of chocolate. The hops are there from start to swallow. Very nice if you're not after the typical IPA or want a little breakaway from the same-ol'-same-ol'.
Looking forward to visiting the brewery for Father's Day! I'll see if they'll let me take a photo or two to post.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 22:54:16 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-29-2014 19:14:03 | More by atrocity
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-21-2014 22:19:26 | More by AMCPhD
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-07-2014 00:31:55 | More by Mantooth
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Kais

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-30-2014 03:54:34 | More by Kais
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-25-2014 01:44:49 | More by VeganUndead
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Jackbiersh

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2014 00:45:11 | More by Jackbiersh
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Hanselpb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-23-2014 18:10:48 | More by Hanselpb
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Rmbr2

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-19-2014 23:44:39 | More by Rmbr2
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pagardner

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-11-2014 22:29:04 | More by pagardner
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spunktrunk

Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been drinking this beer on tap at Cogan's Pizza in Norfolk for awhile. I've also had it in a bottle and I'll have to say on tap is much more delicious and you can actually get some good coffee aromas from it.

The only thing that is slightly misleading about this brew is the taste. Don't get me wrong its delicious, but its more of a stout with a hint of coffee. To me its lacking the tartness that makes a good double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2014 19:55:52 | More by spunktrunk
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mkirkland80

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-21-2013 19:15:29 | More by mkirkland80
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dmmcginnis

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-14-2013 23:25:07 | More by dmmcginnis
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obywan59

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.
Sampled at the Chesapeake Grill on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. 1/2 finger light tan head with light but attractive lacing.

Rich malt aroma with good herbal hops.

Tart and bitter with dark roast malts. Rather hoppy.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Warming.

An excellent bew. Very rich and full flavored.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:29:40 | More by obywan59
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blbarnett3

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-13-2013 01:48:37 | More by blbarnett3
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JJStout83

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-27-2013 05:57:45 | More by JJStout83
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mustangjoe

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-19-2013 23:13:28 | More by mustangjoe
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jeffy_two_times

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-12-2013 19:18:52 | More by jeffy_two_times
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - Dark cola with a 1.5 finger off white head. Fades into a thin collar with almost no lacing.

S - Roasted and sweet malts, with hints of cola. It's somewhat Porter like. I don't pick up much for hops.

T - Starts with roasted and sweet malt with that cola flavor. Hints of bitter chocolate. I get a bit of hop bitter and tang on the finish. It has a very nice flavor profile for a Black IPA as the everything comes together nicely.

M - Medium to light body with decent carbonation. Some bitter on the finish.

O - This was a very nice Black IPA and it drinks easy. There is a sweet and bitter balance that holds the beer together nicely. Thank you Matt for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:57:11 | More by Ri0
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jryanj927

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

10-06-2013 03:18:47 | More by jryanj927
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The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.