The Great Dismal Black IPA - O'Connor Brewing Co.
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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.
04-14-2013 18:16:15 | More by Ysgard
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.
03-23-2013 04:29:50 | More by AlexFields
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.
02-18-2013 00:07:41 | More by jvillefan
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.
02-11-2013 03:49:45 | More by KomodoDragon
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
11-17-2012 13:36:43 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
A: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.
S: Roasted malts with creamy chocolate up front with dry pine and grapefruit aromas from the hops.
T: Roasted malts here as well with bitter chocolate, some char, and an earthy, piney, hoppy finish that is lightly bitter.
M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and avoids being too thick or watery.
O: A good black ale overall with a nice balance between the hops and the roasted malts.
10-07-2012 22:35:04 | More by n2185
2.93/5 rDev -26.2%
A: The beer is extremely dark. It is completely black, and shows very dark shades of brown when exposed directly to the light. The head stays at about half a thumb. It is colored off-white and nearly tan. The head is very nice looking. There is decent lacing.
S: It has a very interesting smell. There is a light floral hop characteristic, but then there is this distinct oak aged porter scent to it. If I didn't know it was a black IPA I would think it was a barrel aged porter from the smell. There is also a sweet smell to it...kind of like chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. There isn't quite as much of a breadth of hop character as I'd like to smell, but the scent is good.
T: I am a bit disappointed in the flavor. It is barely hoppy at all, and it is greatly overshadowed by the roasted malt flavor. The roasted flavor is very nice, and there is a nice bitterness to the beer. Much of the hop flavor is not present. Some of it comes back after the sip, but not while drinking.
M: The mouthfeel is nice and bitter, fairly dry, with a nice backbone of carbonation.
O: Overall I think this is pretty close to a good black IPA (as the label states) ABA/CDA whatever you wish to call it. I wish it had a more hop-forward presence to the flavor. If you are a stout or porter lover, you will undoubtedly enjoy this. If you are a standard IPA or IIPA drinker, you will most likely find it to be substandard. I feel that I can not give this an average score, because it does not live up to the expectations of an average black IPA where it counts the most...the flavor.
10-05-2012 01:55:00 | More by teromous
The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
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