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Pitch Black | Lost Nation Brewing

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Lost Nation Brewing
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GarthDanielson on 08-08-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 132
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Lost Nation on Saturday, 9/26. Pours "pitch black" with a light tan head that sticks around. Good aroma on this, very inviting, sweet roasted malts with some earthy and pine hops in the back. Flavor doesn't have as much hops as the nose, it's very much like a porter. Sweet, chocolate in the middle, roasty near the end with a restrained bitterness. Light in the stomach and body is a hair too thin. Easy to drink but missing the big hop wallop for a black ale. Still a tasty beer, though.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury. Pours a black color with a thin layer of khaki head. Some lacing. The aroma is roasty and earthy with some dark chocolate. Hint of vanilla and caramel. The taste is roasted malts, char, earth and smoke. Very roasty and smokey with not much of a hop presence. Maybe some floral hops notes towards the end. Finishes with some black licorice, charcoal and roasted malts. More like a Porter to me but what do I know? Light bodied. Overall, pretty decent but nothing special.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-I wouldn't call it Pitch black but it's quite dark. Head is slightly tan and well formed. It retains it's body but doesn't lace all that much.

S-I was assuming this to be more of a Black IPA and I am pleasantly surprised to find out it isn't at all. This smells like a mellow, easy drinking Black Ale with some mysteries within that dark body. Smoky, a little burnt and very light in hoppiness.

T-Flavor is less burnt and more agreeably sweet, however I wouldn't necessarily call it a very sweet beer. It's a bit earthy and also it's definitely roasty. The color and the flavor seem to not match up but I like it.

M-Lighter bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp. Dare I say refreshing?

O-I liked this beer a bunch. Doesn't taste anything like how it looks. Has enough interesting flavors too. Also happy it wasn't a Black IPA because I really wasn't in the mood for one.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CraigMack61
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lost Nation. Served in a minisnifter.

Appearance - Despite its name, it's not quite black. Deep reddish brown. Nice khaki head. Laces well. Good retention.

Smell - Slight roastiness, but much more of a dark fruit presence. Yeastiness, too. Rustic is the word they would probably use here.

Taste - Roasted malt is first, surprisingly. A hint of coffee and smoke. Then some sweet fruity malts. Hops build up in the finish contrasting the whole profile.

Mouthfeel - A little creamy. Medium light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tastes pretty good, but isn't the most interesting beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Onequarter
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

I had this as a sample as part of my flight today. Very dark and chocolatey, malty, caramely, chocolatey and metallic.. I kept getting a metal taste. I'm not sure if it was my palate, I would've loved a cracker or some other kind of palate cleanser, or if it was really there. My friend whom I went with, said she didn't get that at all and she really liked it. I liked it as well until the metallic after taste kicked in and I could not shake it. The malty chocolatey flavor was spectacular.

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Photo of Stonehill64
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewery into a small snifter.

Dark woody caramel brown with an Indian red like hue and accent to it. Head is faint tan, with little stayin power.

The bouquet on this is so exquisite. Fresh roasted hazelnuts and cashew thickness. Cream. Vanilla. Milk chocolate, a bag of mixed nuts and thick malt rich grains with just a bit of roast to throw in the mix. This thing is crazy good.

Palate just delivers more of that but toned down and probably on an even keel. THick creamy flavors, and a supportive palate that doesn't add much but doesn't take away either. THick chocolate flavors and lighter qualities than expected. Chewy. Rich roast and cream, not much hop character to discern.

If this is supposed to be hop forward it doesn't really come across that way, but has such a great malt angle and everything else that I could care less. REal unique creation, quite a style blur too.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at Lost Nation Brewing in Morrisville, VT.

Pours a very dark, dare I say, pitch black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite roasty, with some earthy root-like qualities, and some chocolate.

This feels more like a quite roasty stout than an American black ale. Very roasty and earthy, with a root-like flavor, a bit of grass, smoke and ash, and a heavily roasted malt. There's some sweetness in the form of chocolate as well.

The beer is medium bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation.

An interesting take on the style, not really even sure what style it should be, but it does taste quite good, and that's the important part, really.

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Photo of Drew88
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Pitch Black from Lost Nation Brewing
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