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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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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of flyersfan900
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

flyersfan900, May 02, 2013
Photo of Merkinstandard
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%

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 +7.1%

Professor_X, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

rev3rb, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Ysgard
4.15/5  rDev +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 +0.8%

ThomasAWilson2, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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 +13.4%

sairvin, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

SonOfKyuss, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

lupercmda, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

speedvagen, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

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 +0.8%

ThomWade, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of KomodoDragon
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

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 +0.8%

VTWicked, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of fishrunner
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

fishrunner, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Mattyb79, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

AndrewMichael, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mrterdferguson, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a very nice head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Roasty dark malt and charcoal, with hints of caramel and earthy hops

Taste: The roasty char flavors appear first, along with some chocolate and dark fruit; in the middle, the earthy hops add some bitterness but they are overwhelmed by the char; in the finish, it is the roasted malt and char flavors that again leave the dominant impression

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I prefer a bit more hop character in my ABAs; this one is interesting, but is primarily about roast and char

brentk56, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

hyoung41, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Gehrig13, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

drt72, Oct 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

jaminjohnson, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Dirrk, Oct 10, 2012
The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.