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Armored Fist Double CDA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Armored Fist Double CDAArmored Fist Double CDA

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 202
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 11-01-2010

80 IBUs

A collaboration with Three Floyds Brewing Co.
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.13/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served on tap in a goblet at Three Floyds.

Appearance: This pours a maple brown, nearly mahogany, with an eggshell colored head that retains nicely. Strangely light appearance for a double CDA, though.

Smell: Wet dog, gym socks, ad barnyard. Too strong and terrible. The first whiff made me tear up and want to cry. I almost cannot move past this point.**

Taste: It is tough to ignore the smell, but I am doing the best I can. There is some sweet molasses up front. Sage, tons of cloves and all spice, lots of funk follow. The sweet and spicy flavors blend in with spicy and earthy hops. A little alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, which was, again, light for what I was expecting. Candy sweet on the lips, and it leaves some hop resin.

Drinkability: I could not finish this. The smell was just too overwhelming.

**Note - the aroma was bad enough that I handed it to my friend, who agreed it was awful. Before even having a sip, I asked our server if something had gone wrong. He smelled it and told me that was how it was supposed to smell. So, I moved on.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyd's as part of a collaboration between the two. Thanks to our server for finding a way to bring us over a glass despite it blowing when we first arrived and the second keg being all foam...Pours an ugly dark brown with reddish notes. Way too light for a black ipa. However, there is great carbonation, a huge thick light tan head, good retention and great lacing...A lot is going on with aroma, but not totally successful despite interesting individual parts. Orange zest, cascade, soap, a hint of chocolate... The taste is weird, soapy hops, herbs, minty, not really my thing. However, the alcohol is hidden really nicely and this is easy to crush.

Doesn't really fit a specific style, nor have a great taste, however its drinkable at the abv. Wouldn't go out of my way for this but I'd have it again toward the end of my night.

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Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Near black, with deep brown highlights and a thin, foamy off-white head.

Very hoppy upfront, citric mostly, some resinous pine, blends to a roasty malt finish. Some cocoa.

Medium body, very light alcohol warmth. Average, bubbly carbonation.

Extremely hop forward, with just enough roasted malt to keep it from being a DIPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds, who apparently were involved in making this beer. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Persistent finger-plus of tan foam that leaves behind glass-coating lace. The body is a kind of dark brown-orange-red color that is slightly transparent and not very pretty. Much like Krunk Monk I'm splitting the difference here.

S - Citrus orange zest, pine, perhaps some light cocoa in the periphery. This one is clearly all about the hops though.

T - The taste is quite different. There's far more herbal and dank character, and what appears to be a combination of flavors that evokes thin mints (herbs and chocolate). Finishes with plenty of bitterness that is not out of control, but would grow fatiguing after a while. Not much citrus at all, which was a shock after the aroma.

M - Medium body, soft carbonation, really oily resinous finish, with some dryness as well. Alcohol is well hidden - for some reason I thought this was 7-8%.

D - I'd happily drink a glass of this again, but it's not in my top five Cascadian Dark/Black IPAs. The alcohol and bitterness are too high for it to be a good session beer too. Still, it went down fairly quickly and was nice to try.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler from Boneyard. Wished they would've used darker malts. Felt more like an Indian Brown Ale than a CDA. Hid the alcohol well, and enjoyed the hop profile. I'd drink it again, but won't seek it out like Blakkr.

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Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex PDX, $4.75 12 oz. pour 4.17.11.

Jet black/very dark brown body, 1/2 finger brown head, no visible carbonation due to dark hue, quick dissipation resulted in thin ring of head around edge of glass, no lacing. Big whack of resinous hops in the nose, as it warmed the citrus aromas became a bit more prominent, roasted malts with some coffee notes, I picked up a bit of caramel. Taste mirrors nose insanely resiny though balanced a bit by citrus sweetness, lingering bitter finish, yummy. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for style, pretty boozy, slightly sticky. This is one big burly CDA along the lines of Barley Brown's Turmoil, IMO the beer that's come closest to replicating that killer brew yet. Tasty in small doses but a real palate destroyer, we had to go to Cascade for a sour palate cleansing after this!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Apex, Portland, OR
Courtesy of johnmichaelsen. Thanks!

I was really just shopping for rare beers at Apex, and didn't intend to drink anything else for a while, but suddenly this beer appeared in front of my nose, so what the hey.

Attractive pour: served in a snifter, a solid, dark brown with a well-retaining cap of eggshell head. Aroma of chocolate malts, tree bark, pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and mild for the style, probably one of the more easier drinkin' CDAs that I've had. Woody on the palate, roasty malts, piney hops, cirtus zest, notes of cigary tobacco. Very nice, very drinkable. Too bad I couldn't savor it more, but I had to rush to move my illegally-parked car!

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Photo of sisterthelonious
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap as the guest beer @ Alpine. Labeled as a 3Floyds/Boneyard collab?

A pretty beer, was expecting a bit more darkness due to the "double" moniker. Lots of roast in the aroma, swirled with the expected hoppiness.

Tasted more roast than chocolate to me. On the sweeter side, as far as CDA's go.

Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but that's all I can knock this beer down for. For hoppiness, it didn't stand up to the other Alpine beers in the flight (Duet, Nelson, Pure Hoppiness). Delicious distraction though.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland. Pours a dark amber-brown colour with thin tan head. No lacing. Smells of mild coffee, hops and quite alcoholic. Flavour has a lit if boozy heat, with the roasted malt coming through. Syrupy mouthfeel. Fairly nice imperial cascadian dark ale.

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Photo of Moose90
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep clear amber color, not very dark, just a medium brown dark hue, very clear and there is a thin off white colored head to it, minimal lacing.

S — Smells intensely hoppy, like a fresh and juicy IPA, piney, citrusy, sweet, bitter.

T — Tastes of big juicy hops, sweet overall, lightly piney, there is a little roasted malt undertone but it is fairly muted.

M — Medium bodied, a bit thin considering its ABV, not bad.

O — Great beer, super hoppy, would have really loved some more rich dark roasted malt complexities to take this over the top.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On guest tap at the Alpine Beer Co. pub
02/28/14 - Half Pint glass

Listed as a 10%ABV Double Black IPA 3Floyds/Boneyard Collab

A: Pour is more of a rusted reddish brown color. All ruddy and murky looking. I think they may have missed the SRM mark here. Thin wisp of khaki bubbles forms on top slipping out to just a thin crown. A few splotchy dots of stick noted. Not the most attractive looking brew I must say.

S: The nose is bursting with super Citra hop aromatics. Bright and floral with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit mostly. I am not getting much else here to be honest. Some subtle malt sweetness in the form of candied citrus really and a hint of chalky cocoa powder. Quite fragrant with the citrus hops really.

T: Taste is an orange crush with loads of citrusy hop flavors and an abrasive hop bitterness that scrubs across the palate. Tangerine and grapefruit combined. Malt is practically absent minus some faint toasted cracker bits and some mild coffee roast on the finish. Dash of cocoa powder and there is something lightly herbaceous. It’s a little bit of an odd mixture with the coffee. Very light on the sweetness and dry with a resinous linger. Alcohol is deceptively well hidden for a 10% ABV brew this drinks more like a single IPA would. Crazy brew although enjoyable I would say.

M: The beer maintains a light body for such big ABV. Medium fullness overall. Upper level of constricting bitterness. Finishes out very dry with a long lasting linger.

D: This beer is Beast Mode! Big citrus blast of flavor with a scarce malt presence. Super bitter and dry with the alcohol incredibly well masked at 10%. What a great tick to find here.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at APEX, Portland

Amber brown with sandstone film.
A bit of ash and lemon but lots of tropical fruit hops.
Char, sweet coffee, a bit of brown sugar, then big lemon, pine, and mango hops.
Waxy lemon finish and bittersweet linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Grapefruit and fruit salad CDA, not so much “D”. Lots of Simcoe passionfruit, if I had to guess. Black bits are very secondary, but lovely just the same.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with a creamy khaki colored head.

S: Lots of dank hops on this. Tons of grapefruit and citrus notes with a touch of tropical fruits. There are some herbal hop notes as well as a decent pine. Quite a bit of roast with a slight malt sweetness.

T: As on the nose, tons of grapefruit and mango flavors with a lot of piney hop bitterness and a light herbal character. Roasted malt adds to the bitterness and there is a little bit of chocolate flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Sort of sticky on the tongue.

O: After all the lackluster PNW hoppy beers I've had of late, this was really quite nice.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown. Murky. Khaki head. Nice collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - Big grapefruit and piney hop aroma. Some roasty malts, but it's all about the hops.

Taste - Still a huge hop flavor. Grapefruit hops. Roasted malt throughout. Never quite takes over, but just a bit of sweetness. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Kinda light. Surprising for a 10% beer. I expected and wanted a little more body. The growler maintained the carbonation very well.

Overall - Not sure if it's because I've been drinking a lot of mediocre beer, but this is really nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

you knew when these two breweries teamed up it was going to be huge and hoppy, and sure enough, thats what we have here. on tap at hops and pie, i had to order this, as neither of these breweries comes around much. looks like a porter in the glass, smallish head over an almost black liquid without too much viscosity. it smells like a pine tree. you really get that pungent almost floor cleaner hoppiness in the aroma. it pairs well with the rich roasted barley and chocolate malt that provides the foundation, midnight dark smooth vibe to the grain. you have a neat juxtaposition here in the flavor between that dark malt, dormant and earthy and somewhat stagnant, while the hops are so oily and juicy and alive. its quite a powerful combination, the best of both worlds, and where some of these risk bitterness double jeopardy from grain bitterness and hop bitterness, its well calculated here. not too much of either, but a heady combination of both that is tamed only by a slight oily pine sweetness from the hops and a kiss of caramel malt. insanely strong, you can feel the alcohol in it, and without hardly any carbonation, it feels pretty intense, like a black american barleywine. overall though, big beers like this are the order of the season, and i really loved it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Uber Tavern. Review from notes.

A: Dark brown with a small tan head on top. Quick reduction to a thin cap on top. Bits of lacing form on the glass.

S: Extremely hoppy. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Very faint roast mixed in, but definitely dominated by the hops.

T: Similarly hoppy, which is fine by me. Was expecting more roast influence, but the tropical fruits are quite dominant. There is some grapefruit, pineapple, papaya with just a touch of chocolate and roast.

M: Medium bodied, surprised to find out it is 10%, certainly drinks a lot easier than that.

O: One of the best black ales I have had, and one that I would actually drink again.

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Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from Boneyard. Reviewed from notes.

Black with a monolithic tan head that recedes at a glacial pace leaving spider-web lacing and a final ring.

Deep, damp marijuana and pungent herbs like thyme and marjoram. Less intense tropical notes of passionfruit and guava. Mild, but sharp-edged coffee roast character.

Touch more roast and less green hop character in the flavours. A vibrant, minty bitterness grows in force. At times there's a difficult to place chalky, lavender note that doesn't quite agree with me.

Medium to full, super-smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation provides a good vibrancy and lift on the front palate and feeds into a moderate bitterness that lingers nicely. No hint of booze.

Slammin' black IPA with the restrained use of roast malts allowing the intense hop character to assail the senses. Crazy drinkable for 10%.

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Photo of mabermud
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: First appearance of the body is pitch brown, with a fluffy, beige head. When held up to the sun, the darkest ruby red body is revealed. The body is barely pierced by the sun, and appears as a ruby red dot. Sticky decorative lace.
Smell: Burnt pine cones. The pine tree aroma is pointed. Medium roasted grains play a background role here. The hops dominate the smell, but are supported with with a stoutly aroma.
Taste: Christmas tree, hops, some bitterness, and pine nuts. Roasted malts play a supporting role, but give this black ale a great taste. Clean finish.
Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Less lather makes an appearance near the end.

Overall - My favorite black ale, and something you should not miss if it is available. What a great concoction by Boneyard. They must pay top dollar to attract some of the best beer chemists.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown colour with a creamy tan head. Good.

Bright, floral hop aroma with a touch of chocolate. Slightly nutty.

Smooth, nutty chocolate malts with a good grapefruity hop punch. Great flavour.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Great.

A solid Cascadian Dark Ale. Good flavour and a great malt profile.

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Photo of cavedave
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to oregonskibum, my favorite trader, who sent more of the Oregon blessedness we both love so well.

Pours darkest brown with slight ruby highlights, no head, but thin, lively, off-white cap. A swirl paints the tulip with thick bubbly legs.

Man what a great smell. Citrus goodness, hints of pine, just a hint of roast, some neutral sweet, a touch of herbal bitter, and even a bit of floral add up to a medium strength and absolutely delectable aroma that is making my tongue giddy and causing my saliva glands to activate.

Good gosh but this is a delicious beer. It starts with a thick attack of sweet and citrus. I get orange peel, lemon, caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, candi. Then it transitions to some of the roasty notes. Not a full on blast of roast by any means, but a wonderful hit of dark grain and light bitter chocolate, no ash to it, no bitter burnt to it, a perfect counterpoint to the hoppy and sweet. The end of the sip carries all these flavors into the finish, adding just a bit of bitter hop resiny pine in just the right proportion.

Quite thick and full of hoppy resin, perfectly low carb., well attenuated but retaining some body to be full in the mouth, easy drinking, refreshing, interesting, with a killer finish. Black Ales don't get better than this, my friends.

If you see this magnificent brew for sale do not hesitate to get some as you will love it for sure. Rating this beer an A (would have been A+ but for the appearance) was a no brainer it is staggeringly delicious.

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Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Apex the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is interesting and attractive, consisting of coffee, dark chocolate, dry citrus and some underlying green leafy tobacco. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better, and I'm impressed by the mocha flavor and soft creamy mouthfeel. The beer comes across as moderarely sweet initially, but then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong in the finish, leading to fairly dry, citrus and tobacco finish. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I really got no sense of the 10% abv. in this beer.

Very impressive. Not that I'm surprised, as pretty much every boneyard beer I've sampled has been excellent, but this is right up there with Barley Brown when it comes to making outstanding CDA's.

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Photo of flexabull
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with my Dad last night.

Pours a dark brown (not as dark as I expected though) with a large off white head. Was happy to see that this beer was still well carbonated.

Aromas are wonderful. Earthy, pine, lots of resin, grassy, with some really ripe and sugary citrus notes.

Taste follows the nose very nicely. Sweet cocoa, sticky resin, hard candy sweetness, light nutty undertones, and a pine like bitterness on the finish. Very nicely balanced for the style, though the hoppiness is certainly on the forefront.

Lighter and very smooth mouthfeel. It kind of makes it easy to drink and also easy to forget that this beer is 10% ABV.

Overall, an outstanding example of the style. One of the best CDAs I have ever had.

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Photo of almostjay
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. I have yet to have a bad beer from Boneyard.

Updating on a sunny, warm January day in Portland. Fruiter and less roasted than I remember, and that's a good thing. Not sure about batch to batch variation, but this batch is exactly what I want from this style. So, so good.

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Photo of loren01
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Had this out of a mason jar, pours a dark black color, decent sized head with good retention.
S: Very citrusy and piney, also lots of roasted scents
T: Much the same as smell, lots of hops both piney and citrusy but more citrusy I would say. Roasted barley and peat.
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is good. ETOH is very well hidden
O: This is a really good beer, would get this one again for sure.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from The Growler Guys.

A very dark brown with a dense, light brown head that falls off to a thin ring leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is awesome. This is exactly how I like my black IPAs to be. Pungently hoppy with some fruit, pine and grapefruit to go with a pleasant roasty bitterness. The balance of the grainy vs hoppy bitterness is nice. There's some creamy chocolate and coffee as well. The palate opens with a wonderful hoppy bitterness, clean, mildly resiny with pine and grapefruit pith and juice. This plays wonderfully with the roast and the dark caramel character from the malt. The malt really amplifies the fruity aspects of the hops. Bitter and resiny but with a little cocoa and coffee on the finish, this beer is medium in body, creamy and softly carbonated. A fantastic beer.

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Armored Fist Double CDA from Boneyard Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.