Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPASmuttynose Noonan Black IPA

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jchicks
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't think Smutty makes a bad beer. I've been brewing for over 15 years and I struggle to produce a beer like this. Nice hop character, great lasting dark (cholocate?) malt flavor. This is top notch stuff...and at 5.7 ABV you can have a couple and enjoy them without walking head first into the TV getting up to take a leak at halftime/end of quarter/end of peroid. If you like flavor and well crafted beer grab some of this and enjoy!

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Photo of Thads324
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the darkest of blacks. Big pillowy tan head that is sticky and unwavering.

Smells like lots of roasted malts. Hints of coffee, cocoa and musty earthy hops. Nothing overpowering but very good.

Starts light with some brown ale flavors, some piney and earthy hops kick in with a hint of citrus. Good bitterness in the middle but not overpowering. Ends with medium roasted malt flavor with mild coffee and toasted grains. A bit of toffee to go with the grassy hop flavor at the end.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation that carries the bitterness well. Too much flavor for any semblance of alcohol.

A full flavored brew with great balance and taste. I bought a single, but I'd like to get more sometime this week. Good stuff!

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Photo of MisterE
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12 ounce bottle with “best by” date of 08/05/14 and ABV 6.2% printed on the glass

A: poured gently into a tall snifter - deep dark brown with considerable sediment in the bottom and a powerful foamy head that keeps building for several minutes after the pour - excellent lacing

S: dark roasted malt but dominated by grassy and piney hops - stronger as it warms up

T: excellent example of the style - hops are present throughout, but muted by the dark, almost burnt flavor of toasted grains - so little sweetness that I expected to read there was coffee in the mash

M: medium body with moderate carbonation - smooth and very dry

O: glad to have tried this one and would buy it again, but unlikely to become one of my go to beers

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Photo of WyethBednar
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had a few Black IPAs before and have never liked them, mainly because they just sort of seemed like porters that for some reason classified themselves as IPAs. However, this one definitely showed me what a Black IPA could be. It was a nicely balanced beer, with a nice roasty base that was complemented nicely by a hoppy kick.

Appearance: Just like the name would suggest, it's pretty black. A relatively thin white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: Definitely tips you off to the hoppiness. One thing I never liked about other Black IPAs was that the smell was all roast and coffee, there was no hop presence, and this one definitely didn't have that problem. Nice balanced smell of roastiness and hops.

Taste: Complex and awesome. Really well-balanced, with enough hop presence to please any fans of IPAs. Versatile enough to pair well with either a spicy meal or a dessert.

Mouthfeel: A little thin feeling. Decent carbonation, but due to the roasty character of the beer a little more smoothness would be a nice improvement.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours black with a rich and creamy mocha head. Robust sticky lace soaps the sides of the glass. This smells of a rich blend of chocolate, caramel, coffee and ripe citrus. A floral and lightly spicy feel hangs on the edges of the nose. The taste is similar, with a robust yet smooth mix of chocolate and caramel malts, a firm leafy and spicy green bitterness and coffee flavor throughout that leaves this burnt and roasted in the finish. The feel is medium with soft creaminess that spreads out and prickles the tongue a bit. Nice smooth feel here to this. This was a really nice take on a Black IPA, with a well balanced mix of flavors and a super drinkable body. A well done tribute beer for sure.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Originally released quite a while ago as part of the short batch series but now it's going to be a regular offering. The ABV is different and they've probably tweeked the recipe a bit, so I think it deserves a separate entry.

Obtained a 6-pack from the brewery for $9. Best by 08/18/13 ABV 5.7%. Smutty's recently upgraded their stamping equipment so that ABV can be printed on the bottle instead of hard-typed on the label, because they do see some batch-to-batch variability.

A: 12oz bottle poured cold into a tulip. A hard pour puts up 3/4" of dense taupe creamy head with good retention. A few minutes later it's still half there, and the half that's gone has left a super thick creamy layer of lace behind on the glass. The brew itself is pitch black, no light getting through even when held to a bright light.

S: A robust blend of resiny pine hop and bitter black malt. As it warms/ airs, the pine dissipates a bit to a more generic hop bitterness and the malt mellows to include some dark cocoa aspects.

T: Very much like the smell. A good strong dose of semi-piney hop up front coasts largely undetected past the mid-palate and hits hard again in the back of the mouth. The bitter black malt blends very well with the hop and carries through nicely throughout the sip. Mixed hoppy bitterness and bitter black malt, along with a bit of cool menthol feel, lingers very long into the finish.

M: Good smooth mouthfeel, a moderate viscosity mixed with soft carbonation, very well-balanced.

D: A really solid example of the style, very balanced and full-flavored. Nicely done, I think Mr. Noonan would be proud.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 5/20/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some hops, dark chocolate and coffee.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good hoppy dark beer to drink for long time.

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Photo of alexgash
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Best by 9/18/13.

Root beer brown body. Mostly clear. Finger of thick, whipped, dark khaki head. Nice lacing. Pleasant mix of roast and hops on the nose. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Piny, herbal, slightly woody hop aromas. Nice.

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Piny hop notes increase, along with mineral water bitterness. Light chocolate and caramel notes fill in. Hop and roasted malt bitterness take over the finish. Hints of earthy tobacco and licorice. Lingering piny, herbal hop bitterness and a little chocolate malt. Medium body with a dry feel. A very nice black IPA.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this brewer, and I find this beer is under-rated on BA compared to my 4.0 experience of it.

A: Starts out with a perfect black pour with an ample, lasting tan head that loads the glass with persistent lacing
S: Balanced hop aroma, more malt than hops. Cocoa, coffee, grass, and roast aromas. Outdoorsy.

T: Rich, velvety malt is layered with grassy hops, bitters, coffee, cocoa and pine. Very complex, rich, layered, inviting, definitely a meditation beer. Tingly bitter, nice feeling. Very dry and long finish. Great.

MF: Chaulky and creamy at once, drying, long finish leaves you almost puckered.

The best black IPA I have every enjoyed. Must try esp if you like em dry.

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Photo of Bucktron18
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with freshness date.

Pours almost black. Dark amber hughes with a thick light tan head that sits on top like a dollop of whipped cream. Great lacing. Some chunky off white sediment sits in the center (I'm assuming this was bottle conditioned otherwise I would have some serious problems. Looks much like Finest kind with a stiff pour in that regard). Smells of roasted malt which don't overpower the hops, but do make them harder to pick out. Taste is bitter from the start with some bitter roasted notes that blend almost seamlessly into a middle and finnish of seriously bitter hops. Grapefruit rind and some faint grassy piney notes. Finish is bitter and lingers. Mouthfeel is great. Low-medium carbonation with a smoothness all the way through.

Overall a great black ale with some serious bitterness from start to finish.

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Photo of zac16125
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque black with lots of light brown sedimentation suspended in the glass. 2.5 fingers width of light tan head has good retention before dissipating down to thick film that hands around for the remainder of the drink and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Citrus rind and resinous pine. Roasted malts and cream. This one is heavier on the hop notes than some of the style, which IMO is how the style meant to be.

T: Follows the nose. Hops are the most prominent component with piney bitterness and bitter citrus rind. Roasted flavors and cream are present but subtle.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, a bit drying on the finish, drinkability is average.

O: When this style first began hitting the shelves I loved it, but as more and more examples of the style came out I found myself shying away from them because they usually were underwhelming. This one is an exception. The big hop characters with only subtle "dark" flavors is IMO how the style should be done.

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Photo of Brad007
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always nice to see other NE breweries pay tribute to Greg Noonan.

Pours a dark brown/blackish tint with a huge frothy head into my glass. Very aggressive pour but looks great so far.

Balanced hop aroma that leans more on the malt than the hops. Cocoa and very slight coffee aromas as well.

Rich, almost velvety malt is complimented by coffee, cocoa and piney hops. For some reason, it reminds me of the imperial stout from Smuttynose. Not a bad thing. This isn't as hop-forward as other examples.

All of the flavors linger nicely at the back of the throat. Nothing stands out much.

An interesting tribute to Greg Noonan that if I'm correct, mimics VT Pub's own Blackwatch IPA, which is said to be the (or one of, depending on who you ask) prototype for the American Black Ale style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep black. Good clarity. Three fingers of rocky tan head retain extremely well. Thick, foamy collars of lacing. Looks great.

S: Citrus forward on the nose with vibrant aromas of tangerine and clementine. A little dank and earthy too. Roasted malt scents of charcoal and dry chocolate. A little woody and nutty.

T: Intense, biting hop bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon juice bitterness hold the tongue in a vice grip. Tangerine and tropical fruits abound. Pineapple juice. Malts do more than hold their own. Bitter black coffee and dark chocolate. Slight acidity. A touch metallic. Deep charcoal and roast. The finish is a deft balance of intense tropical hop bitterness and ashy dark malt.

M: Medium body. Very creamy and lush. Slight prickling carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A fitting tribute to the man who may very well have invented the style as we know it. Great balance between the hops and the roasted malts. A double-whammy of bitterness offered by each as well. An even more enticing buy at the affordable six pack price.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown; 1 finger tan head that receded slowly to a thick ring around the edge of the glass; nice lacing;

S: roasted malt; coffee;

T: coffee ice cream; piney hops show through at mid-palate; finish is moderately bitter with coffee and pine before the swallow and espresso after;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; long, dry finish;

O: complex flavors; I was happy that the hop flavor came through - doesn't seem to happen a lot with this style;

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Warwick, served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is black with no light passing through and thck tan head with good lace. The smell is slightly hop oriented with fruity quality and mild dark malt in the nose with slight woody odor. The feel is good, not very bitter moderate perhaps with light malt sweetness and gentle fruity hop texture with slight yeast and dry spiced aspect in the finish.

The flavor is good with nice balance of dried fruity from the malt with moderate sweet yet herbal and pine-like hops keep the flavor focused more on hops with slight dark sugar backing with an almost woody element in the taste with mild prune-like quality with a dry spiced finish. Interesting beer to see a black ale with elevated hops that could have been the predecessor to today's Black IPA's with nice traditional take on the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/06/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind. There are also little clumps of sediment resting at the bottom of the glass.

S- Roasty upfront with tones of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Mild hops round things out nicely.

T- Yeah, I feel like the hops have faded quite a bit since this is basically tasting like a slightly hopped up heavy porter. Still very good with some nice dark roast plus some more chocolate and coffee but the bitterness is only really in the aftertaste and there's little hop flavor otherwise. Alcohol is decently well hidden.

M- Quite viscous with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Pretty good, just wish I had gotten to it when it was fresher. Even so, I feel like even at its freshest, it still wouldn't be a match for Durty.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of impenetrable, stouty black. It puts up a hearty two and a half finger head of soapy, khaki colored bubbles, showing great retention. This is easily reproducible. Thick and chunky lacing is left around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives brightly sweet citric, grassy, and soapy hops, with additional sugars from bubblegum esters and dried apricots. The malts are a mix of pales, lightly charred coffee malts, and salted barley. Faint booze comes with warmth, as does powdered oat, vanilla extract, floral perfume, milky creaminess, and fine metallics. Our first impression is that the flavoring shows expertly roasted malts, with excellent, juicy balance from the hop camp. The taste opens with surprisingly char-roasted malts, nectarine and apricot fleshiness, orange peel zest, lactic acidity, and fresh grapefruity hops. Bittered soapy hops mix with the depth of coffee and chocolate malts, bringing us to the peak, where char, soured grain, alcohol, and soft caramel sugar sweetness come out. The finish comes with black strap molasses, licorice bite, continued coffee bean acidity, clean coffee malts, white sugar graininess, floral hops, and more juicy grapefruit. The aftertaste breathes of soured coffee char, limey citrus, earthy and soapy hops, roasty chocolate malts, fusel booze, strawberry stems, and big yeasty bite. The body is on the lighter side of medium, while carbonation is the same. Each sip gives fantastic slurp, sip, cream, pop, and froth, with chalky astringency left streaked down the palate. The abv is easy, and drinkability is high.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the feel. Each sip is delightfully slurpable, with appropriate body, soft creaminess, and nice fizziness. The coloring is also robust for the style, and the aroma gives a good deal of complexity through its fusel qualities. The flavoring remains uniform throughout, keeping things smooth, predictable, and flowing. While some may see this as a bad thing, it actually remained easy going and very drinkable. This is a serious take stylistically and certainly in line with some of Smuttynose’s top beers.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black body with brown hues beneath the dark tan, billowing, fluffy head, which is very slow to dissipate leaving a dense, sticky lacing behind.

Fresh grassy and earthy or wood hops greet the nose followed by the roasted and smoky malt.

The flavor offers excellent smoked and toasted malts with hints of chocolate mid-palate and a nice hoppy biting finish that is part woody and part earthy. The flavor is very porteresque meets IPA.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation featuring a semi-bitter, semi-drying finish.

Nice brew and while it may more closely resemble a porter than a Black IPA, it is just as advertised and when keeping in mind what this recipe was when originally brewed, this beer is delicious.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pumped to try this, thought it was gone but blanchards had a six pack still kicking.

A: Pours just off back, cocacola color. big sandy head, died quick, not a ton of lacing.

S: Some roasted malts and hops. A little chocolate and some grassy/citrusy hops.

T: Roasted malts up front, some bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, transitions to more of a dry bitter grassy/piney and slightly citrus/lime hop flavor. Finishes rather dry. Definitely some bitterness to this, high IBU's. some charcoal/smokiness in malt profile too.

M: Creamy/velvety mouthfeel, very smooth. Low carbonation. Would have thought higher abv based on taste.

O: Tasty, very flavorful, kinda like a super robust porter. High bitterness especially for ABV. Worthy purchase and up to the smuttynose standard. Glad I bought it, but in the future I would probably tick something else.

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Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours deep dark ruby brown, with a nice 2 finger light brown head and good lacing.
S - Roasted coffee beans, chocolates, pine, some dank hops, and toasted grains.
T - Big time flavor, good blend of hops and roasted grains and malts. Citrus and pine from the hops meets a great melding of chocolate and coffee beans, the magnum hops in this really make it aggressive in the bitterness.
M - For as bitter as it is, it doesnt linger too long, but you'll notice it for a little while, still somewhat creamy.
O - Smuttynose usually flies under the radar, but this is a stellar black IPA, and needs more credit, it is seriously aggressively like a good ipa, but definitely complex, and not too overwhelming. Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 5, 2014.

The pour is a very dark brown to just about black with a puffy, tan head that lingers on and leaves lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is a well balanced with its dark, roasted malts and earthy hop sensations.

But the hops evolve into a formidable pine and citrus ocean when I sip it with the malts fading quickly into the background. Bitter finish.

Medium body.

Brewed in tribute to a late brewer and it cherishes his memory right.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black color with copper edges. The finger of beige head quickly dissipated down to a thin layer of film that retained for awhile and left nice lacing on the glass. The nose has mild roasted notes and mild hoppy notes, but the roast is more prevalent. The roasted malt also is quite apparent in the flavor profile as well. The finish is dry and mildly hoppy.

This is a rare black ale that accentuates roastiness over hoppiness. It is more closely related to a classic Baltic porter than an American Black “IPA.” I liked this beer more and more the further down the glass I got. An excellent, but definitely different kind of black ale.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced yo a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, pine,

Taste: Same as above with some long lingering bitterness. Pine, roasted coffee, and mocha blended well together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid BIPA. I could definitely have another.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with good clarity. The persistant head is made of mousse-like dark tan bubble. The head settles a half a finger of foam leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma mixed with moderate chocolaty, dark grains aromas. The is a medium-strong herbaceous fresh hopped aroma that mixes very well with the malt and citrus. The hops have a light pineapple note to them. A light floral alcohol sweetness.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor and an agressive hops bitterness. There is a moderate amount of chocolate and coffee flavors with just a slight dark grain bitterness. The balance is pretty bitter even with the medium-low malt bitterness. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of citrus hops bitterness with a bit of dark grain.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: I don't understand kids today and I still think these Black IPA are just a well hopped, unbalanced Robust Porter. That being said I like the blend of citrus and chocolate/coffee malt with the agressive hops bitterness going on here. The hops get just a tad harsh on the finish which could be reduced by the use of higher alpha hops, not that I'm complaining.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very impressed with the appearance. It has a solid full inch of deep mocha head that sticks around forever. Color is a pitch black with little es capable light.
S - Smells of leafy bittering hops and balanced roasts. Not getting much else maybe a fruity yeast?
T - Well it's a nicely crafted black IPA. It's fairly aggressive with a lingering bitterness that sticks to the tongue well after each sip. It's not too chalky or roasty just balanced and tasty.
M - Has a light to medium body with a somewhat session-able ABV. Not bad.

Overall I was impressed with this one clashes the roast of a stout or porter with the bitterness of their finest kind IPA. A fairly great Black IPA overall.

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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