Midnight Madness - NoDa Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
On tap @ Revolution Pizza & Ale House (Charlotte, NC) on 3/11/12. Served in a pint glass.
Pours black, with a ½ finger of mocha colored foam. This stays rich and drenches the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma smells of fresh leafy tones and green citrus flavors, while additional notes of light acrid coffee, cocoa, and toffee flood out across the back of the nose.
The taste is similar, with a green bitter bite up front that is buffered by sweet notes of cocoa and caramel. A flush of rather strong roasted coffee character comes out across the back with a burnt feel that lingers in the finish along with some leftover dry bitter pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel that segues into more of a silky creaminess along the back. Alcohol is generally well hid, mostly adding some extra intensity to the already strong hop profile here.
This was a VERY solid take on the Black Ale style, with a smooth and flavorful blend of bitter hops, coffee, and sweetness that never seemed to get too overly aggressive with any aspect of it. Man, I’d drink this any day!
03-15-2012 14:32:23 | More by Kegatron
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
Served from growler into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a four finger creamy khaki colored head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, citrus, citrus hop, tangerine, and subtle banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine hop, subtle tangerine, and subtle dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The aroma on this brew was quite complex and very inviting with loads of different elements going on in it. The flavor had a lot of these same elements, but it just wasn’t as great as the aroma made out. Quite tasty and really glad I got the chance to try this one with some help from the brewer! Tick.
02-05-2012 17:01:14 | More by thagr81us
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Dark brown to black color with a creamy covering. Smells of pine, Christmas trees, and minty hop greenness, subtle charred roasted malt, and general dankness. A blend of pine & roastiness in the mouth...chocolate and citrus rind. Not a tremendous amount of flavor from the hops, but they blend well with the malts so that nothing stands out in particular (in a good way). Everything just works together and the results are pretty satisfying. Medium bodied and bitter, but not overly aggressive. Solid stuff here.
11-05-2012 19:00:47 | More by wedge
4.38/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: Arrives as a dark brown colored liquid capped by an inch or so of light tan foam; decent retention and plenty of lace
Smell: Roasty and hoppy, in equal doses, with a real char character that complements the piney hop elements
Taste: Pith and pine, up front, with the roasty charred malt flavors bringing balance by mid-palate; bright and hoppy into the finish, though the roasty malt with chocolate underpinnings lingers in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Overall: My first beer from NoDa and it is a real winner, with a depth of flavor, a lively mouthfeel and excellent balance; as good an American Black as you will find
02-18-2012 01:59:33 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Solid finger plus of light tan foam, good mixture of all bubble sizes and excellent retention, barely moves even as a few dimples form, the lacing forms broad streaks which then slowly slide downwards in a solid sheet. Opaque, more blackish than pure black, you get a good bit of dark brown and some orange at the glass bottom and rims, overall fresh in appearance. The nose first hits you with mocha, cocoa notes with a finely burnt character before sea salt, peat, wet meadow herbal matter, the hops determined to spread widely, hence the orange citrus, white pit fruit never enunciates that clearly, some pine, anise and camphor, lots of cleansing, scrubbing action. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is not quite fluffy but does expand from cheek to cheek. The bitterness of the herbaceous hops clear right from the start and that burnt, charred aspect noticeable. Dark chocolate, coffee and hard caramel candy barely sweeten things despite big presence. Pine, blood orange, some flowers but close to no fruit of note. The mouth feel is clean and it creates a strong lifting perfume. Good vibrating finish, keeps tingling. Dryness perhaps makes it more of a meal accompaniment than session beer.
04-07-2012 02:54:00 | More by farrago
3.76/5 rDev -3.8%
draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.
dark brown/black color with a half inch beige head. smell is extremely roasty...not much hop presence. taste is quite malty and a bit too smoky. not much hop presence again. but good. mild body...mild carbonation.
overall good. not on par with their other ipas but this is a tough style to pull off.
02-17-2014 00:53:44 | More by Axnjxn
Midnight Madness from NoDa Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.