The Great Dismal Black IPA - O'Connor Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rudolphjacksonm:
4.7/5 rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Dark, dark reddish brown when held up to light, black otherwise with a tan head that dissolves into a little smokey residue layer on top. Not very much lacing to speak of. 4.0
S - Strong hoppy, floral notes up front with subtle smoked malt and firewood scents supporting it. Really interesting and unusual compared to what I'm used to, but it works really well! 4.5
T - Deliciously malty but not too sweet on the tip of the tongue, followed by mellow citrusy (citric acid? lemon zest? can't tell) flavors in the middle, and then a strong hop kick at the end. Really well-balanced. Simply put, I think the taste is fantastic and really well-done. 5.0
M - Light bodied with little carbonation tingle. I think this is fitting for the beer and works well with the taste. 4.5
O - The Great Dismal Black IPA is yet another example of Virginia breweries crafting cutting-edge brews. It's a brilliant cross between a porter and an IPA, and if you like either one I'm sure you'll enjoy this. 4.5
Serving type: growler
05-11-2012 01:06:48 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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4.4/5 rDev +10%
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
5/5 rDev +25%
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
3.88/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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
The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
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