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American Black Ale
Ranked #20
Ranked #2,521
4.14 | pDev: 10.39%
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Notes: Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU
Reviews: 446 | Ratings: 2,197 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like the artwork on the can, i prefer this brew well after sun down when every star in the sky is twinkling.

In a tulip with outside of glass frozen, I like the way the chill eased me in to the complex flavors.

Tastes of molasses, crusty browned steak, roasted cacao beans and espresso. balanced by an acidic, almost ripe apricot.

Really good. pairs well with blue cheese!

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pjbutler2 from Arizona, May 26, 2020
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4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beige foam head with good lacing. A sweet roasted malt and vanilla flavor meets the tongue with a pine finish. Full-bodied hoppiness and pleasing ABV.

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robwired from Kansas, Jan 15, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think I say this every time I have an American Black Ale but PEOPLE DON'T BREW ENOUGH OF THESE!

Shiny black with a tall and firm tan covering.

Flowing roasted malts are followed by lesser notes of black grape, plum and caramel.

Has an enjoyable and complex mix of roasted malt, dark fruit, pine, dark chocolate, gum and lasting caramel on the tongue.

Medium bodied and quite smooth with only a hint of alchol heat.

A fabulous take on this undervalued style.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Jan 20, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this first a few years ago at a tap take over in a Flying Saucer (the name of the tap room) in Texas. The regional manager for Uinta was there to explain all of the featured beers, and some behind the brew tank info. For instance, this brew is pronounced Doobie. It's name is combination of Dub, for Double IPA, and HE for Hemp, as it is brewed with some real hemp seed. They named it Dubhe as a subtle reference to the Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) seed that is used in this brew.

Now that you know what to call it, I can tell you that it is one of my absolute favorite Imperial, or DIPAs, and I only wish it were available year round. It's a true Black IPA, so it looks like a stout in a glass, but it tastes like a solid double/Imperial IPA. It has a good body, but it doesn't have the thick body of a stout, which is nice. Not made with any of the current grapefruit centric hops, which I personally wish everybody would stop using, so it has a more classic hop bite, slightly bitter, but not excessively so. At 9.3% ABV you might expect it to e somewhat syrupy, but it is not, and it has a very dry mouth feel, not sweet at all.

This is a truly unique DIPA in my opinion, and I honestly can't compare it to any other DIPA or Imperial IPA that I have tried, and I've tried a bunch of them. Get it if you can find it, you will probably like it.

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D9sus4 from Missouri, Oct 09, 2018
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3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

[Original rating 2012-07-13] Pours deep dark brown with a bit of red in the light. Aroma is hops, malt, some pine. Taste is bitter at first with a sweeter boozy finish.

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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Fresh can poured black with a thick and dense dark tan cocoa head.
S: Aroma from the can is hops, not of the citrus kind, but you know it’s hoppy, and good. But when you pour it, you really smell the malt and deep robust chocolate coffee vanilla malt and I never smell the hoppy aroma again. But the aroma is nice and strong.
T: Very flavorful! Unique! Bold and balanced but complex. I’m having a hard time describing it because I’ve never had anything like it. I would say it leans on the side of malt dark vanilla chocolate with the hoppy bitterness keeping it real.
F: Perfect! Thick rich robust and full with a nice bite.
O: I must admit that the first one I tried didn’t meet my expectations but I have grown to love it since the second session. Let it warm up. On the third session I drank 2 back to back and I’m very pleased. It’s bold, different, strong and full of flavor. Imperial Black IPA brewed with hemp seeds! It is what it is! 11.49 for a sixer at Chelsea Food Mart! First offering from Uinta is a winner.

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ALHOPLOVER from Alabama, Jun 07, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is beautiful - tons of head and a solidly black beer. I actually get a bit more of the chocolate malt on the nose than the hops, which is odd since the IBUs are over 100 on this. No matter, the hops come through just fine on the taste. Despite this, the bitterness of the hops is tempered quite well by the chocolate malt flavor, and there's some vanilla in there to give it just a bit of a sweetness. They are perfect complements to each other in this beer. Even though nothing is overpowering, it's still fairly intense - it's just not as much of a palette wrecker as you might expect it to be. The balance on this is admirable. This is a style that I assume is quite difficult to pull off, but damn Uinta really nailed it here.

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3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown color with tan cap and some lacing.

Aroma is primarily roast coffee with some vanilla highlights.

Flavor is dark roasted malt with more than usual accompanying roast malt bitterness. That's mostly what I get but it's not a one trick pony, rather it's two trick because the roast and bitterness are about equal. Brewer says the flavor notes are coffee, vanilla and bright pine. I certainly get the coffee, vanilla is more a feel than a taste and apparently there's a dark roast cloud covering the pine forest.

Medium full body with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty simple coffee sort of brew that carries bitterness to a new level. At 100 IBU I was really expecting a higher than usual hop bitterness but hop flavors are completely covered up here by the dark roast tones.

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Squire from Mississippi, Apr 15, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date on label is '10/27/16J'. This beer has just been hanging out in the frig, and my best intentions to drink it have been put off until now.
Body is cola color brown and clear. Lots of bubbles streaming up to support the light tan head settling into creamy cap. Good coverage of lacing around glass.
Aroma is sweet, with dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and dark fruit.
Taste is sweet/tangy balance, with lots of chocolate/vanilla, coffee and dark fruit. Some hop spice at the back end. Dank as the beer trails off.
Medium, supporting mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Such a good black IPA. Almost drinks like a hoppy stout, with the strong chocolate/vanilla component. Rarely found, but always on the radar.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Nearly black pour. 3 fingers of foamy off-white head leave great lacing.

S: Roast malts and piney hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Good roasted grains/bitterness... the hops are bitter tending towards pine and resin. Mild sweetness comes through mid sip. Notes of coffee and chocolate paying homage to a stout. Medium to light in body... well carbonated.

O: A solid black IPA. The bitterness of the roast complements the hops without overpowering. Good mix of syles... one of the better black IPA's I've come across.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Oct 21, 2017
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4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours black as rasputin but with visible carbonation and a much more lively and annoying head, seriously, this head. it is taking up the other 8 oz of this imperial pint glass.

smell is of a strong ale with more stout, very enticing to the nose

the taste is dreadfully dense, the type of thing that will separate the men from the boys, balanced hops and dark malt are both extremely DENSE providing a shock to the taste buds

feel gets mild deduction for annoying head

overall i'd recommend buying the maximum amount of this possible, sure to please both real stout fanatics and real hop heads (not to mention the hemp therein providing them omega 3s (possibly)

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3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Uinta's Dubhe Imperial Black IPA for $3.49 at The Lager Mill. I've heard about this beer for a long tine and i'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice darker brown color that took on a some crimson hue around the edges when held to the light and it had almost two fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it was just a little darker.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some fruity, citrus rind, light herbal and light soapy like aroma that goes into a little bit of doughy yeast. Up next comes the malts which impart a light roasted malt like aroma with some grainy, biscuit, brown bread, bread crust and light chocolate like aromas with a little more sweet malts showing up at the end. This beer has a nice aroma, but I was hoping there would be more of a roasted malt presence in the aroma.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's just a little more balanced this time and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart most of the same aspects, but this time it's not soapy and there's more of a green hop flavor coming through and it's a little lighter on the citrus rind like flavors and the hops are a little lighter than they were in the aroma. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which show up more than they did in the aroma and they impart a little more of those chocolate and roasted malt like aspects. On the finish there's a lower amount of higher bitterness with a little more sweetness and it had a hoppy and roasted malt like flavors in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, it's got all the aspects I would expect and it's solid.

M- A little smooth, the alcohol was well hidden, a little creamy, a little velvety with a lower amount of carbonation and it's on the thicker side of being medium bodied. This beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was nice and I thought it was a solid example of the style, it's not bad, but it doesn't really stick out to much for the style and I think it would be better if the hops were more like they were in the aroma, but minus that soapy aspect. This beer has ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I wouldn't want more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer is the hop profile in the taste wasn't more like it was in the aroma. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would recommend it as a solid and old school example of the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with a little more work this could be a pretty good Black IPA, it just needs a little bit of an update. So far this is my least favorite beer from this brewery and I think it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, but this one has the potential to be batter.

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StoutHunter from Michigan, Aug 14, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky Brown – black color with one finger of an off-white colored head. Great lacing and some alcohol legs present. Sediment is present also

Aroma is of rich dark and roasted malt. I get a kiss of chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla. Some citrusy hops play through at the back finish with some toffee.

Taste is a mixture between a hop-forward IPA, where the Bitterness is the leading and dominating character, and a more well rounded beer. Rich malt and coffee mix with citrusy hops. Some toffe character melds with a bitter finish. Almost no alcohol burn.

I feel that this beer would be better if the hop intensity was toned back a bit. It seems to be a bit too aggressive in the hop category to blend well with the malt backbone. I see this pairing well with braised beef short ribs in a thick and rich stock. It gets a 85/100.

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DaverCS from Arizona, Aug 03, 2017
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice pure black color with a one finger white foamy head that ends up holding its own as far as trying to settle out. I believe this head must last for almost the entire beer. The lacing was clingy and somewhat thick. The smell had roasted coffee notes coming through in a malted chocolate sort of way. The taste was sweet, roasty and bitter at different times that ends up leading into a dry bitter roasty finish. On the palate, it sat about at a medium and tries to show a decent sessionable aspect but probably because of the high ABV, it ends up being more of a sipper. The carbonation shows enough harshness for the black ale style and still shows a decent smoothness running about my mouth and tongue. Overall, super nice Imperial Black Ale, well worthy of having again.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a small tan head. Smells of brown sugar, hops, and roasted malt. Tastes of hops and bitterness, roasted malts, some sweetness, and some citrus. Medium-light mouthfeel with low carbonation. This is a delicious black IPA, one of the best I've had.

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andrewh995 from Arizona, May 08, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice, enticing aroma of hops, light fruit, malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of some mild malt notes, a whole bunch of hops, some light (very light) coffee, dark fruit (a little bit of raisins), light chocolate, and some pine as well. Definitely a big, powerful flavor. It's incredibly well-rounded, complex, and forceful. Very hoppy, but never overly so.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, very easy to drink beer. One of the better ABAs I've tried.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Dec 05, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into goblet. Inky black with tons of spongy eggshell-white head, lots of sticky lacing. Aromas and flavors of roasty malt, cocoa, and espresso, with a little pine resin in the background. Nice bite of hop bitterness and alcohol burn on the finish. All the characteristics of a good imperial porter, with an added hop kick. Well done!

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dcotom from Iowa, Nov 23, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubhe has a phenomenal label depicting Utah's beautiful star spangled desert wilderness as well as the glowing Red Giant after which it is named. Indeed "black as the night sky", the beer is also capped with a foam that resembes the surface of the moon, craters and all. Squint closely and you may be able to make out a small constellation of subtle garnet highlights.

Biologically speaking, hops and marijuana are brothers from the same Cannabaceae mother. And in fact, many hop varietals actually do smell like marijuana - though none of the five types used in this recipe do. The bouquet has elements of tree resin and herbs (chive flowers especially) but, despite five pounds used per barrel, it's surprisingly the malt that dominates.

The palate is no different - medium-dark chocolate, coffee beans, sweet black licorice and even a bit of raisin monopolize the senses and certainly overshadow any delicate floral or fruity flavours. The bitterness is impressionable (as you'd expect from 100 IBU) but it's actually a gentle roastiness and vanilla-tinged bittersweet quality that define the mouthfeel and aftertaste.

I'm surprised something brewed with hemp would lean so far towards the malt - it's more Imperial Porter than Black IPA. Then again, let's be real: hemp is a grain just like barley or wheat. And, I'm sorry to be the "buzz kill" here, but the seeds themselves don't actually contain marijuana's active ingredient, THC (which isn't water soluble anyhow). So why use them?

The obvious answer is marketing but Uinta deserves more credit than that. Despite the comedically explicit name (Dubhe = "doo-bee" if you're yourself too half-baked to not have already figured that out), they barely advertise the hemp and formulated a recipe that suits what little nutty, earthy contribution it lends. It's not be the best example of a Black IPA but it's certainly a highly enjoyable beer in its own right. Recommended to those with and without the proper permit ;)

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biegaman from Ontario (Canada), Nov 23, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black brew, beige head with nice lacing. Sharp bitterness form both the roast grains and hops. Hops dominate the aroma, and most of the taste. It’s hard to determine if this a black IPA or an imperial, but who cares. It’s really good!

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stevoj from Idaho, Sep 19, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's like a cross between a stout and an IPA.

This beer has rich favors of chocolate, and molasses - sweet, rich roasted malts with a strong bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

Look: dark brown, noticeable carbonation, small head
Smell: nutty and sweet
Taste: rich, mix of sweet and bitter, nutty, chocolate and molasses. Heavy on the malts
Feel: a bit of a spicy character
Overall: great beer. Definitely worth trying. Very unique.

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MoMaMe from Maryland, Sep 10, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - not quite black but very dark and dense with a creamy two-finger head. It also has some great lacing and impressive legs.
Smell - roasted malts, hop oil, slight coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.
Taste - chocolate and roasted malts hit first, hop oil forms a strong backbone and lingers in the aftertaste.
Feel - great carbonation, full body, smooth finish.

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MMOSNN from North Carolina, Sep 02, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Artwork: What a beautiful label. I've always wanted to get a hold of this beer purely because of its label. A prime example of how packaging influences one's desire to purchase a product. So colorful, yet tactful, so American yet not necessarily patriotic, so aesthetically pleasant, it's just well-made all around. I know that Uinta just designed a new label for this beer (that looks however very, very similar to this one).

Appearance: Not so much black as dark brown/purple. Head disappears pretty much immediately but the lacing is nice.

Nose: Very malty. Can't detect any hops on the nose (this beer was consumed a month prior its best-by date). Smells a lot like a Scotch Ale.

Taste: Bitter/sweet but with primarily malty notes. Cannot detect the hops again (other than in the quinine-like bitterness - 109 IBUs!). Again, it tastes a lot like a very bitter Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. No detectable carbonation on the tongue. Quite syrupy.

Overall: Admittedly not my cup of tea. The bitterness is just harsh and the accompanying aromas don't match it well. Had trouble drinking it but then again I'm not one to usually enjoy "Imperial" anything. Judging by other reviews though it seems that people that dig this style are quite pleased with this beer.

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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania, Aug 12, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was curious about the beer, luckily my local grocery store let me sample before I bought a 4 pack. My first thought was it was it had a smooth mouthfeel yet very bitter, roasted hop flavor. A lot of contrasts to this complex beer. Very unique! I'd argue its more of a hoppy imperial stout, that said its very unique and worth a try.

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wumpshire from Oregon, Jul 29, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed with this beer. Sampled in a 4-5oz tasting glass at a tasting event. Though I've been underwhelmed by the bulk of Uinta's beers, this one really hit the mark, and is one of the best entries in the style I've tried to date. The dark malt gives the brew notes of barley and a bitter component that merge well with the IPA-hop to yield a nuanced final product. A very well-executed beer.

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LAp from Ohio, Jun 13, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

(L) The color is dark cola but reddish on edges where light comes through. Khaki head and lacing.
(A) Smell is predominantly malt and raisins.
(T) Taste is bitter dark malt. More bitter than sweet. Sweetness comes from raisins and other dark fruits. Not getting much chocolate.
(F) Lighter and smoother than I was expecting for style and 9.2% ABV.

Personally, I found the raisin aroma and taste a little off-putting, but otherwise enjoyed.

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dalizzie from Virginia, Jun 06, 2016
Dubhe from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2197 ratings