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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

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
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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jryanj927

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

10-06-2013 03:18:47 | More by jryanj927
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RyanAU

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

09-04-2013 23:33:40 | More by RyanAU
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timc13

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-06-2013 01:02:23 | More by timc13
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-27-2013 17:58:26 | More by Cubatobaco
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adevans

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - They said it didn't have a great appearance. The head dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of brown sugar for me, some toffee.

T - Roasted malts, some dry cocoa or chocolate. Pleasant. Not much hop bite, more a slow piney presence.

M - Good balance with the carbonation.

O - I like that this didn't overpower my palate with hops. The beer definitely has a dry-hopped character that melds well with the chocolate notes in the body of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:32:10 | More by adevans
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mjh0527

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-25-2013 00:03:23 | More by mjh0527
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-23-2013 15:52:13 | More by Rhettroactive
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-15-2013 23:55:16 | More by Proclarush
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Camjmorton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-15-2013 20:46:24 | More by Camjmorton
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-15-2013 03:28:32 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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Zraly

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-11-2013 20:19:33 | More by Zraly
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tabascosigned

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-29-2013 01:37:37 | More by tabascosigned
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that bears great retention time before slowly falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a solid sheet of surface foam. Frothy, resilient lacing clings to the glass.

S- Very sweet aroma with some brown sugar, heavy caramel and mild anise notes. Very enjoyable actually but has little hop character which is surprising.

T- The sweetness continues but now the dark roast of the malt steps in and shows itself. There's a considerable amount of bitterness but the forceful roast and sugar flavors win in the end. Quite drinkable for a 7.5 percenter.

M- Slightly thick with a small afterbite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- My first beer by this brewery and I have to say I'm quite impressed by the sweetness it exhibits. Also nods for the ABV-to-drinkability ratio. American Black Ale is definitely a better label for this one than Black IPA. Either way, thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:56:59 | More by Immortale25
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-16-2013 18:19:47 | More by Sludgeman
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

06-12-2013 18:03:55 | More by gleemonger
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CreightonSM

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-10-2013 17:26:26 | More by CreightonSM
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AnitaBier

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.6%

05-31-2013 14:17:16 | More by AnitaBier
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DMax90

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-24-2013 01:23:15 | More by DMax90
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-23-2013 23:24:24 | More by Shilt
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-19-2013 14:59:48 | More by drgonzo2k2
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-05-2013 03:22:28 | More by TheMultiYeast
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flyersfan900

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-02-2013 19:35:09 | More by flyersfan900
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Merkinstandard

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the first black IPAs I had the chance to try. I've come back to it a few times and have recommended it to several people.

From the first sip, I knew that dark malt partners with moderate hop bitterness very well. This is one of the best examples, and it is deceptively strong.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:17:27 | More by Merkinstandard
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Professor_X

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-24-2013 18:42:50 | More by Professor_X
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rev3rb

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-16-2013 20:48:43 | More by rev3rb
The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.