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Midnight Hoppyness - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KevT on 09-13-2013)
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows the darkest root beer brown coloring, with a chocolate milk colored head that stands two fingers tall. This retains well, dissipating into chunky Swiss cheese lacing that is left clinging around the glasses. A chill haze is notable when held directly to light, but no sediment is seen. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives a beautiful blend between rich and dank chocolate and coffee malt roastiness, brown malts, and light peaty smokiness, with herbal, citric, and piney hops, light chemical phenols, lactic creaminess, lemon tea, black pepper and distant cinnamon spice, booze, soy sauce, musty cheddar, perfumed lace, and a hint of honey. The taste boasts a hearty, dark, and smoky grain profile of burnt chocolate, coffee, caramel, and brown malts, with lightly wet wheatiness and moldy barley adding an organic freshness to this. Otherwise we encounter notes of sweet and bittering molasses, biting herbal hoppiness, white sugar sweetness, café au lait creaminess, powdered espresso beans, dark cocoa, medicinal phenols, sweet vodka booziness, coiny metallics, peanutty oiliness, pencil woodiness, and green plant saps. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip offers nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, leaving the mouth fully coated before it dives into a bittering pucker and chalked astringency. The abv is up there for the style, and obviously present, but drinkability remains fair and intact.

Overall, we haven’t been able to get enough of black ales lately. We just love the interplay between the darker side of the malts and the fresh zesty hoppiness that often accompanies it. Here, we felt that balance slide a bit. Despite this, the mouthfeel remained creamy and inviting to the last sip. The hops through both the nose and the flavor, however, were somewhat muted. To this point, the aroma in general, especially when cold, was surprisingly and disappointingly light and seemingly far away. That wonderful hoppy stickiness and freshness was lost, allowing too much room for the singed malt bill. The latter was delicious, but again, the final product just lacked an intensity from the other half of what we felt was necessary. All in all this is a nice beer, but it doesn’t quite compete with some of the other powerhouse black IPAs coming from the west coast on the level of purity of flavor.

TheBrewo, Sep 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

nrbw23, Sep 29, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the smell along with notes of roasted malts and slight hints of pine.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of citrusy malts but these are quickly replaced by flavors of roasted malts that linger through the finish. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very enjoyable beer as it does a nice job balancing flavors of citrusy hops and roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Sep 29, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottled 4/8/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, citrus juice, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has an interplay of cocoa and citrus characteristics that make this one almost like a chocolate orange candy all around.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

22 purchased at Brewer's Haven Boise yesterday afternoon (but most of the bottleshops will have it too)... Enjoyed tonight from my Funk Fest tulip... Pours the expected black with a pillowy dark tan head... good lacing.

Nose is big pithy citrus hops with some lesser tropical fruity hops.. surprisingly there isn't a strong piney element.. roast malt element is present but only as a mild backdrop and allows the hops to play.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. traditional Cali IPA bitterness is tempered by the roast malt and residual sugars... hop flavors are again bigger citrus and hints of tropical fruit.. burnt malt comes in on the finish and lingers pleasantly with the hops.

Big body ... No EtOH burn at all, surprisingly... pretty well done, that said I doubt I will buy again because there are too many other fantastic brews out there and I don't really appreciate this style too much.


JohnGalt1, Sep 01, 2014
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Midnight Hoppyness from Knee Deep Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.