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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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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

tabascosigned, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Immortale25, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Sludgeman, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

gleemonger, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev +1.3%

CreightonSM, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of AnitaBier
3/5  rDev -24.1%

AnitaBier, May 31, 2013
Photo of DMax90
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DMax90, May 24, 2013
Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Shilt, May 24, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

TheMultiYeast, May 05, 2013
Photo of flyersfan900
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

flyersfan900, May 02, 2013
Photo of Merkinstandard
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Merkinstandard, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Professor_X
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Professor_X, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of rev3rb
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

rev3rb, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Ysgard
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

They are bottling now. I got this at the local grocery in 12oz 6-pack.

A: Ruby in the afternoon sun, with a head that appears in its own time after pouring.

S: A touch of chocolate, backed by some earthy-hop aromas.

T: Citrus, touch of toasty malts, piney bitter backend, then a porter-esque aftertaste.

M: Balanced, lively carbonation, but the body is slightly heavier than I expect for an IPA, which checks the carbonation nicely. Still, just a bit more body than I want. A bit of alcohol bite on introduction.

I like this more than I expected. I'd heard rumor of a batch that lost that hop character early on in their bottling program, but this is as good as I recall direct from the brewery.

Ysgard, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ThomasAWilson2, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark near-black mahogany, decent head but not super impressive.

Smells like a barleywine--some malty raisins, grassy hops, pretty sweet.

Tastes like slightly bitter coffee, mild grassy hop character, touch of dry cocoa. Decent but not terribly hoppy really.

Decent mouthfeel--carbonation is really good but the body is a tad thin.

Reasonably good but nothing special, a bit disappointing.


AlexFields, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of sairvin
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

sairvin, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

SonOfKyuss, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

lupercmda, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

speedvagen, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: It is a very dark brown with a ivory white laced head that disappears very quickly.

S: Not very good. There is old dark fruit (not in a pleasant way) with some stale chocolate malts.

T: There is some indistinguishable dark malt. It doesn't have a specific coffee, chocolate, or toffee flavor available. There is some hop bite but not nearly enough to call it a black IPA.

M: There is some thickness to the body with an excellent carbonation bite.

O: It is an average black IPA, there are many way better ones that are easily available (Sublimely Self-Righteous). Not worth getting.

jvillefan, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ThomWade, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of KomodoDragon
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Black but not a black out - light will make it thru. Small cream head, with the hops doing their thing and providing wonderful lacing.

S - I pick up so very little in the smell - perhaps some subtle coffee, but all very faint

T - A nice subtle transfer from roasted malts to bitterness. Presence of burnt grains, and milk chocolate feel.

M- Creamy and light

Ideal representation of the style. Properly balanced, yet full. Wonderful job allowing the ingredients to shine thru.

KomodoDragon, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

VTWicked, Feb 10, 2013
The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.