Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
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3.89 | pDev: 2.06%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

A combination of two of my favorite things: dark beer and IPA. Also, I do prefer the title "Cascadian dark/black ale" for this style. Just a personal thing. Anyway.

Poured into a Mug Club mug a dark cola brown with a nice tan head that retained well. Decent lacing. Strong aroma filled with both dark roasted malts and big bitter hops. I've said it before but, among the things I like in this style, you just don't except a beer this dark to be this hoppy, but indeed that is the point of the style. Hops fills your mouth at first sip, roasty malts coming in afterward; earthy, bitter, some hints of coffee and cocoa. Nice and complex, medium body, and very drinkable if you like dark and/or hoppy beers.

Jun 03, 2011
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at the bar on 10-5. Reviewed from notes.

Chalkboard above bar noted a birthdate of 9-25-2010 and an ABV of 6.9%. Description states "Traditionally brewed Black IPA."

Liquid is a dark chocolate brown with a sizzly cocoa head and thick, muddy lacing. Carbonation is lively, making this bubble up like a milk stout on nitro... which actually doesn't bother me one bit.

Smell is nothing but hop stink. These bad boys are of the citrus variety, but still pack a mild sting and definitely make for a scent that would usually not be associated with a dark beer.

Taste manages to be creamy and hoppy at the same time. Orange and pineapple are the most pronounced flavors, with a touch of dark roast coffee peaking out on the back end. There's also a hint of dryness, which allows this unique ale to walk the line somewhere between hop sweetness and the malted richness of a porter or stout.

It seems like the brewmaster at the King of Prussia Rock Bottom always does something great when he takes a chance on an overlooked style (see: Rauchbier, Schwarzbier) and this is certainly no exception. It drinks easy and manages to be complex enough to require some thought with each chug. I'm really digging this aptly titled trek into uncharted territory.

Oct 15, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a tulip glass. Big thanks to HopDerek for bringing this along and sharing it with me. This is the new Black IPA from the King of Prussia location.

Pours a deep brown into the glass, topped with 2 fingers of rich light mocha colored head. This retains with a big creamy dollop of foam that sits smack dab in the middle of the glass, leaving back some thick sticky lacing that absolutely coats the sides of the glass. The aroma is VERY forward with roast and coffee up front, backed up in the nose by a thick layer of sweet cocoa and toffee notes behind it. There is also some slightly dank and green smelling floral character that lends this a touch of extra hoppy depth.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with roast and bitterness jumbled up together up front but then starts to separate out as this warms, with earth, rind, and a fairly pronounced spiciness starting to take control of things. Sweet malts shore up in the middle section of the profile, before that crunchy roast returns and spreads out all over the palate. This finishes with a lot of lingering sticky earth and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy softness up front before getting more crisp feeling towards the back of the swallow. Overall this is pretty smooth though, with a bit of beefiness to the body but absolutely no warmth coming out of this at all.

Lots of bitterness and roast coming out of this Black IPA, with a heavy emphasis on the roast as the coffee flavors really dominated this at times. This definitely leaned more towards the Hoppy Porter side of things but this was still very flavorful and easy to drink for the size. I enjoyed this. Thanks again for the hook up with this one Derek.

Oct 12, 2010
Oxymoron from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3 ratings