The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire
Dead Frog Brewing

The Obsidian Dagger IPA NoireThe Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire
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American Black Ale
Ranked #438
Ranked #33,203
3.67 | pDev: 8.45%
Dead Frog Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
The Obsidian Dagger IPA NoireThe Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire
Notes: Sparks fly when bold & beautiful tropical hops meet a brazen & daring roasted malt base. Their chemistry is undeniable and perfectly balances the hop flavours and aromas of a powerhouse IPA with the depth and intricacy of a complex dark ale.

The creator of the Fearless IPA and Commander Imperial Stout pulls no punches with his newest masterpiece. He's brought your taste buds to their knees with monstrous Imperial IPAs and made them sing with cavernously deep Imperial Brown Ales. Now he brings you his greatest triumph!
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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle - very James Bond (or perhaps Archer, for a more recent and relevant spin) in its marketing angle.

This beer pours a murky, dark brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some pockmarked limestone wall lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gently roasted caramel malt, an indistinct earthy nuttiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, ephemeral citrus rind, and some weak leafy, herbal, and wet grassy green hop bitters. The taste is more lightly toasted bready and grainy caramel malt, a further bit of free-range ashiness, still hard to pin down domestic citrus esters, a hint of day-old cafe-au-lait, chocolate wafers, and more very subdued leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its plebeian frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a suggestion of untethered char making a bit of a fuss hereabouts. It finishes trending dry, the roast and sort of inept hops pointing in that particular direction.

Overall, this is a passable version of the so-called style, with the roasted malt character very much overriding any purported 'IPA'-worthy hoppy essences. More like a toasty brown ale, than anything from the bitter hop spectrum, IMHO.

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fizzy jet with creamy tan cap. 4
Flowers, melon, and a touch of blackcurrant. 3.75
Black bread dough, char, powdery IBUs, slight cocoa, cola, dark fruit, then honeydew + tangelo rind. 3.75
Clean, lt-med, bitter. 3.75

Centennial, Columbus, Galaxy

Neither stout nor IPA: roast is low, but so is aroma. Carafa II and Special B give some raisin, but mostly serve to double up on the perceived bitterness. For a modest 50 IBUs + 6.5%, hard work. 3.75

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6.5% abv, 50 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - dark brown porter like, with finger n half light brown head, lacing.
S - chocolate, roasted malt, citrus, fruity, honey, earthy,
T - mild carbonation, medium n smooth. starts with chocolate malt, smoky, honey sweetness coating, coffee infused like bitterness emerging in, till the very end. hint of nutty. finish up dry.
O - its really good! really smooth, smells like a big stout, plus the fruity. not complex on palate tho, lack of malt backbone and lasting. will get it again!

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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Super dark brown, bordering on black. Light tan coloured head is moderate with medium and large bubbles in the carbonation. The head dissipates rather quickly and does leave a fair bit of lace.

Aromatics: Interesting… my first inhale was full of grapes (a little on the sour side) and other fruity esters, and I can also sense the fresh dough bread-like yeast in the background.

Taste: The hops stand out for sure, the roasted malts are considerably understated. There is quite a bit of earthiness and the “roastedness” flavours show through in the strong coffee-like bitter. I agree with “souvenirs” that the promised roasted malt base is missing (or very well hidden behind the hops).

Feel: Fairly heavy-bodied, almost like a porter but without the creaminess.

Overall: I think if you like hoppy black ales then this is for you, if you like to have the sweet malty tones (roasted or not) then I’d probably say this one doesn't really hit that mark. I like my steak well done with a Chicago style char, and this beer kind of fits that role nicely - its full hopped flavored with that roasted char finish, so overall I don't mind it, but I do like to have a little more in terms of payoff on the malt side of the table.

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3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep, deep brown with a couple fingers of foamy, latte-coloured head, dissipating leaving lacing around the glass.

S: No malt, all hops. With my eyes closed, I might think this was an IPA. It's appealing, but if I'm to rate according to style, this is lacking.

T: The hops are running the show. The "brazen and daring roasted malt base" mentioned on the label just isn't there for me. It's not bad -- it's actually an enjoyable enough brew -- but it's not what I was hoping for.

F: Smooth, medium-bodied.

O: This one misses the mark. With all hops and no malt flavours, it's not what an American Black Ale / Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale should be.

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The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire from Dead Frog Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 14 ratings