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BIL - The Bobcat Café & Brewery

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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bobcat Café & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A thoughtful congruence of flavour & attitude, this Black IPA was made with a lager yeast… Brewed with superior malted barley from our neighbors to the north. The kettle hops are Citra & Columbus & then dry hopped with Amarillo. Don’t let the colour deceive you, for the black as night appearance is devoid of any harsh roast bitterness.

89 IBU

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 02-13-2011)
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bierman9:
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint ($4.00) of this 82 IBU offering on 06APR12 while visiting with Alewife...

It was a deep, dark brown, nearly black actually. Had a creamy tan head, foamy and fine, lasting fairly well, and left good lace behind. Aroma was of rindy citrus with hints of roastiness; I found it appealing. It was quite smooth on the tongue, with some good heft to te body.

It had some light sweetness at first, followed by roasty notes and a bit of chocolate. A healthy whack of citrus was close behind, with some pithy character; the Amarillo was solid here. Somewhat unclear on the concept of "Black India Lager"... Is this a black IPA but using lager yeast and cold fermented? Unsure, but anyhow it was a tasty start to the proceedings at the Bobcat...


4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bierman9, Apr 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a small dark brown head. Nose is mellow, a bit chocolaty and lightly hoppy.

Taste is sweet - I'm thinking maple syrup! There's some chocolate, lots of fresh hops, and the maple finish, it's really good! I've never heard of a "Black India Lager" for all I know Mark is the first to ever brew it, and it's awesome!

kingcrowing, Feb 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jh1982, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head that sits around for a bit before falling into a collar. Not too much lace. The nose carries a fair amount of roasted malt plus a bit of piney hops. Hops take a backseat to the roast. The flavor is along the same lines. Nothing too complex or crazy, but within style. I would prefer the pine to punch through the roast backbone, though that doesn’t really happen. Pretty decent feel with a good 1-2 combo of roast and hop bitterness. Worth a try.

Thorpe429, May 31, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a deep brown pour that filled the glass, so no head report. No lacing occured as beer wa consumed.

Pretty light on the aroma, I got primarily roast frangrance and no hop.

The taste was almost that of a hoppy porter. There was the right amount of malt to balance the hop.

The mouthfeel was spot on, a little body, light carbonation.

I must admit for an unknown style in my book, I would like to see more of these.

youbrewidrink, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

hphilip456, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

tnbeatty, May 21, 2013
BIL from The Bobcat Café & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.