Armored Fist Double CDA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 182
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 36
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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! (722 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep brownish color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap

S: Loads of citrus, roastiness and cocoa.

T: Starts out with cocoa, roasted malt and light espresso punch then the citrus hop kicks in big time. Booze is minlam and it has both a creaminess and hop bite

M: Medium to big body on this, lots of flavor, no way this beer is 10%ABV

O: My favorite CDA hands down (390 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Main Brew, poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Armored Fist is Black with a tan head leaving light lace.

Smell is a big blast of pungent hops, lots of tropical fruit, citrus. Sweet and intense.

Taste is fantastic. This is by far the best CDA I've had. The massive, fruity hop load really complements the slight charred notes from the dark malt. Often times I find this style clashes, but the dark malt and hops really come together into a delicious elixir here. There's just a touch of some piney hops as well, but they are a subtle back-current behind the dank citrus, tangerine. There's a modest bitterness. I'm shocked at the ABV, there's not a trace in the taste, very clean.

Mouthfeel is dry, slippery, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is dangerously high. This is a fantastic beer. (814 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -7%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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! (821 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the meet the brewer event in PDX at the Green Dragon. Tony and Clay were some real stand up guys... and this beer was amazing.

- Nice black brew... fuzzy light mocha tan head... left a nice thin layer on top always...

- Super floral and citrus notes blended perfectly with lightly sweetened and roasted grains, oats, malts, bready.. cocoa, and some grassy herbal mad hops...

- What a smooth awesome blessing of a brew. Easily my all time favorite CDA... what a balanced, yet massively hoppy brew. Smooth sweet and bitter brew... citrus, pine, grassy and seriously good skunky hops... all blended to perfection. I want kegs.

- Medium bodied, not at all sticky or chewy sweet... just perfect.. like a smooth draft cola it goes down... great aftertaste.... what a beer!

- Overall one of the best brews I have had in a very long time. I hope they continue to brew this over and over again. I am now saving for a nice kegerator and I hope to tap this bad boy with it. (990 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.13/5  rDev -50.1%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,672 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I am a bit of Boneyard fanboy and I pretty much try Boneyard every time I see any of their stuff on tap. HOWEVER! I do not enjoy everything they brew. I did not hear anything about this particular beer and had no expectations. This is my favorite CDA ever. It's not overly bitter or overly malty but man.... so so so balanced. Has the smoothest mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden. I thought it was like a 6% ABV beer. If you see this on tap, try it. (454 characters)

Photo of Boozecamel
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a day old growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured 1 finger of dark brownish white head. A lot of alcohol lacing. Dark brown colour can see through slightly.

Smell: Wonderfully floral, hoppy aroma also quite caramelly.

Taste: Bitter hoppy taste balanced amazingly well with the caramel, toffee and coffee notes. Warmth without much of an alcohol taste. Intense flavours.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and syrupy in a good way. Not highly carbonated, although I reviewed this a ways into the growler.

Overall: I like the Cascadian Dark Ale style a great deal and this double version is just a flavour bomb. Easy drinking at the alcohol content. Had me quite merry by stealth. I’m a huge fan of this beer and it was a highlight of my tasting at the Boneyard. Diablo Rojo was also a standout. Unfortunately Black 13 wasn’t available to try. (856 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,522 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll call it a growler since this isn't bottled, but I had this guy hand-bottled from Tony. This is certainly a wow beer for me, great work again from the guys at Boneyard. This was a collaboration with the guys at Three Floyds and it really delivered.

Pours a deep brown color with amber edges and moderate tan head. No real lacing to speak of. Black in the center of the beer, but relatively mahogany-colored and transparent toward the edges. Not the blackest of the black IPAs I've had, but I'll let it slide because it is very pretty and a damn good beer.

Nose is hoppy as hell. Big piney, weedy hop notes hit hard, with some supporting sweeter citrus notes, lemon zest and such. A bit of malt under there too, but this is a hop bomb no doubt (FFF would make a hop bomb, and it's looking like Boneyard is moving that direction too).

Flavor shines in this guy. Really, this is one of the best beers I've had. I love the style, and these guys nailed it. The first black IPA that I've had since Stone SSR that is on par (or better) than Stone SSR. Big piney/weedy/earthy hops blast through on the front of the palate, with a wave of roasted malts coming through on the finish. Sometimes I get chocolate, others coffee/espresso, and still others some smokey notes. The malt bill is impressive, leaving a nice lingering smokey/chocolate/coffee/rye toast flavor. Love this beer.

Feel is pretty moderate to light... this is a very easy-drinking beer. Its 10+% ABV, but I swear it drinks like 6%. No booziness that I could notice. Huge beer, easy drink. Wow.

This might be blasphemy or way off base, but the hop bill in this really reminded me of Pliny the Elder. Imperial Black IPA version of PtE? Really, that's what I was thinking as I had this beer. Boneyard is the real deal.

EDIT: Also had this side-by-side with fresh Stone SSR. Armored Fist was the clear winner for all three of us tasting. (1,901 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (865 characters)

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Armored Fist Double CDA from Boneyard Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.