Dark Days Black IPA - Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
On tap at Bigtime Brewery in U district. Aroma was more sweet than hoppy. Maybe a bit of pine, but overall a pretty weak aroma. Appearance was very pretty. A couple centimeters of tan head. Pretty close to a stout actually. The head dissipates pretty quickly. Taste is where the hops come out. This is really balanced, smooth, and pleasant. The strongest taste I get from it is the pine, but it really meshes well together with the other flavors. Palate is ok. Smooth and refreshing. Overall I will take this over regular IPA’s any time. Nothing that you can’t fine elsewhere, but I’ll take this local brew while it lasts. It’s not a standard IPA, so if you are looking for a hop bomb, or even something with an above average hop presence, you won’t find it here. You will find a pretty good ale with a pretty unique flavor though.
01-30-2012 10:01:07 | More by Smurf2055
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
I had this at Red Bones at the NW Fest on 11/09/10.
Appearance: Light black that allows some light to sneak through
Aroma: Mostly roasted malts, not a huge nose.
Taste: Wow, much more here than the nose alludes to. Yes, you get the dark roasted malts up front, but unlike many Black IPAs, this one brings a great hop backbone that almost sneak attacks your palette. Hops bring a nice floral and pine balance to the malt bill that borders on chocolate.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Somewhat chewy from the malt, yet it is clean and light bodied. Kind of filling, but easy to drink.
Overall: Most Black IPAs that I've tried pick the malty route (Back in Black) or hoppy (Stone Sub. Self-Right.), but this one manages to have both. I like this one and wish it was around more often.
11-10-2010 01:07:16 | More by soze47
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Had this on-tap at the Big Time. They call this a "Black IPA" and, though to me it was more like a hoppy porter, I have put this under American IPA as it is their designation.
Appearance: solid black with the tiniest layer of tan foam; really, little more than the suggestion that the beer once had head. Despite this, the color indicates that this beer clearly means business.
Smell: rich coffee aroma with a little hint of sweet malt; maybe caramel. Quite good, but more portery stouty than ipa-ey.
Taste: it hits me with a big roasted malt/coffee at the entrance and then the hops take over. They are earthy and pungent and, toward the end, quite bitter. I like the combination.
Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a medium level of carbonation. The carbonation seems well-integrated or something so it is nicely creamy despite not being fizzy at all.
Drinkability: a solid and drinkable beer. Flavor is good, though I admit it could be a bit more balanced.
08-05-2010 01:54:16 | More by flagmantho
Dark Days Black IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.