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Atlantis | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Whether you are celebrating lost cities under the sea or shooting for low Earth orbit, take Atlantis along for the ride. We use a special blend of dark malts and add Galaxy, Cascade, and Calypso hops to create this smooth and hoppy black ale with just a whisper of cherry-wood smoke. We think Poseidon would approve.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2011

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 76
Reviews by muttyd:
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep brown/black pour with a fluffy tan head. Suds stick to the sides of the glass pretty well and the head persists throughout.

Aroma has a strong piney, citrusy hop presence with a big roasted malt backbone. Aroma keeps jumping back and forth between the two scents. Getting some slightly acidic coffee notes in there too. Flavor is what I expected based on the nose: roasty & slightly smokey, juicy hops, and some bitter coffee grounds in the finish. Well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel.

Only thing really holding me back from scoring this one higher is the slightly acidic, almost sour coffee character that these darker beers can have. Still really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass this beer was near black in color with a thick tan head that was very sticky.

Roasted malt aroma. Both citrus and piney hops. A whiff of smoke.

Mostly an espresso coffee taste; somewhat bitter. Citrus hops giving way to a piney finish.

Nice smooth beer, not too aggressively hopped. Too many beers in this style are too piney for me. I liked this one.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped Batch 187. Sampled on July 17, 2014.

The pour is jet black with a huge soft, foamy tan head that settles back after several minutes. Opaque.

The aromas are vibrant with earthy and floral hops dark roasted malts, molasses, and even a whiff of smoke.

The body is medium to full.

The taste emphasizes the hop character before anything else but those sweet dark malts balance it out wonderfully.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef.

Incredibly almost nitrous head forms out of the bottle, but clumps into a real sick head of light tan. Ridiculously clumpy with peaks and valleys. Extremely dark body color, dark walnut black with much red dark orb sense. Sticky crazy lacing.

Nose is a nice cherry fruit, similar to a good barleywine. Salted meats like jerky. Wooden smoke. Smells heavenly.

Mouthfeel hints at fizz a bit, but body is extremely roasty. Roast charred malts, blackened bbq sensations to mix with a bitter obvious hop angle. Smoky richness abundant, but also a little novocaine and slight band-aid. Rich coating palate, but dry medicinal slightly on the tongue unfortunately.

This is a very impressive beer, it is very unique taking in many characters of Rauchbier, Black IPA, and some porter, but it sort of ends up as just sort of solid. I am not exactly blown away by this, it's VERY good, but there's a little bit of band aid and phenol tongue action that really takes down my score. I wish that wasn't there, this beer is one step away from phenomenal.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy frothy 2 finger tan head leaving good lacing down the glass.

A little bit of floral and citrus hop character along with some roasted malts, but the nose is somewhat bland.

A little bit of light floral hoppiness up front. A bit of roasted malt in the middle and finishes with a bitter combo of pine hops and coffee. Mildly astringent on the aftertaste, but more from the flavor combo, not anything wrong with the beer.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels. Pretty solid.

All in all an enjoyable beer from a style I'm not always wild about. I think it's falls a bit closer to a traditional porter than most black ales. Good texture and not terribly complex flavors, but they work.

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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown/black color, a super huge light tan head fills half the glass and fades really slowly, leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass while it settles, if there wasn't so much head this probably would have been a 5 but sometimes too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

Smell is wowsers with pine, huge piney hop aroma immediately wafts out of the bottle, light smokey hints in the nose as well.

Taste starts out strong with a pine bitterness and lingers for a good while, a roasty smoke creeps in the aftertaste, fortunately it's not overly smokey like I just had a cigarette but enough to add some complexity to the pine, carbonation is very soft yet still finishes rough.

Another solid beer from Rising Tide.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy darker colored 2 finger head that fades fairly slowly with tons of lacing all over the place, over very dark colored beer, almost black with the slightest hint of brown light sneaking through the thin edges.

Nose has a nice porter like aroma to start, with a light biscuit malt, caramel, toasted almonds, a hint of black patent and touch of chocolate. Then earthy hops underneath, light candied citrus hop and a bit earthy herbal. A faint mocha coffee comes through with more caramel as it warms.

Taste starts with more porter flavors, dark malts with hint of black patent and chocolate, some oats and a light smoked malt with a hint of smoked meat like, slightly creamy and smooth, rich, plenty of caramel and hint of toasted biscuit malt flavor. Then earthy hops again, with a touch of citrus rind but not much, and some chewy slightly spicy hops. It finishes quite bitter as it dries and the bitterness ramps, light spicy earthy hop base, and a hint of caramel and toasted black malts.

Mouth is fuller to med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts, nice overall flavors, with the nice hint of smoke, although the hops are very cliche and a bit blase, and a long quite bitter finish adds a nice touch. Although there aren't any acrid burnt roasty flavors, and quite drinkable, so a nice beer overall.

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Atlantis from Rising Tide Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.