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

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88
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

VeganUndead, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jackbiersh, Feb 02, 2014
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Hanselpb, Jan 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Rmbr2, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

pagardner, Jan 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

spunktrunk, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mkirkland80, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

dmmcginnis, Nov 14, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

obywan59, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

blbarnett3, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JJStout83, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mustangjoe, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jeffy_two_times, Oct 12, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Ri0, Oct 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jryanj927, Oct 06, 2013
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RyanAU, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

timc13, Aug 06, 2013
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Cubatobaco, Jul 27, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

adevans, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

mjh0527, Jul 25, 2013
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Zraly, Jul 11, 2013
The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.