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Hello, Darkness - River North Brewery

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 03-12-2012

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited this brewery last night for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised and impressed. All belgian styles- yes please! This one stood out for me as an exceptional example of black ipa.

A: pretty run 'o the mill, not much here, just murky black and dark as night, small wispy head with a little bit of retention

S: Burnt marshmallows, caramel, roast grain and some charr, the roast flavors are there but not bitter or overpowering. They meld well with the citrusy and floral hop notes

T: again more charr and roast, which is smooth and well integrated into the overall flavor. There is a small hop punch at the end. There is some crystal malt sweetness and maltiness which changes to a small hop contribution. Well balanced and nothing overpowers you

M: medium-thin bodied and easy to go down. Fairly slick

O: Overall a good black ipa that leaves you wanting more. It is approachable but still complex enough to keep you interested. This is a good beer for those looking to get into some more complex hoppy or belgian styles.

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On tap at the brewery served in one of their taster glasses which looked larger than 4oz. Dark black, decent head. Aroma was roast malts, belgian esters, eh. Flavor was a little better and felt like a hoppy porter with a belgian twist. I was glad I got a sample because this was not something I would like a bomber of or even a full pour.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is an interesting brew, it pours a very rich looking dark chocolate color into a pint glass with a one inch off white head floating on top. good retention and lacing. smell is way more coffee than hops for a black ipa. definitely some bitter hops in the nose, but malt and coffee dominate. flavor too is more coffee than i expected for an ipa, hops only really present in the finish, which is quick and crisp. a hint of smoke in there as well. feel to me isnt right for an ipa, its got a big thick stout-like body on it, and not enough carbonation to make it sessionable. its more of a porter to me, but its very tasty. overall an ambitious brew for the new river north, and one id be happy to drink again.

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Hello, Darkness from River North Brewery
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