Big Black Poochie | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 05-10-2010

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is nearly black, but we'll call it very dark brown. The head is khaki in color and somewhat minimal in terms of size.

S: There is a nice citrus note to the nose in the form of oranges and grapefruits, along with quite a bit of sweet tropical fruit. The amount of (sweet) malt presence was also surprising, and there is not much in the way of the roast.

T: This beer is far too sweet for my liking. Lots of caramel, some alcohol, and sweet fruit notes from the hops. The pineapple flavor seems to be especially prevalent.

M: The body is a bit thick and could be a bit syrupy at points. The carbonation is moderate.

D: The Black "IPA" is a trend that I'm generally a fan of (yes, I'm a sucker). But this beer didn't live up to my hopes and just was too sweet.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


A Black DIPA. On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep brown with a huge frothy beige head, good retention, and awesome lacing. In the nose I get pine resin, perfumy floral notes, and grapefruit, with a balancing bready malt presence. A light malt sweetness is apparent.

The flavor is well balanced, with a strong grapefruit and pine hop presence and a counterpoising bready malt backbone. Alcohol is particularly strong, stinging in a way. There's a distinct spiciness in the finish. The beer is medium bodied, the mouthfeel is full, and carbonation is at a moderate level. The alcohol is pretty damn strong on this. It's hard to fault a 10.5% DIPA on that, but the beer is somewhat laborious under the alcoholic yolk. 

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Photo of squaremile
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. This is my second DCDA, and the first I gave a 5.0 to. This one pours a nearly opaque black with a nice tan head. Nose is straight juicy hops but a bit muted. Flavor is resinous and dank hops up front but not explosive, with a smooth malt second act. Hops dominate, and it is very tasty.

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Photo of QueSonHops
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing and I think I am in love. Hop character was beautiful...malt character as enough to give it the needed body to carry such a beautiful mouth feel..the hops, malt and alcohol just oh man..soo good. If you dig very aggressive beers...this is your action. Make sure you request that they give it to the main brewery to bottle..or that they make it a mainstay in their rotation..excellent!

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Big Black Poochie from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5 ratings