Black Nitro
Amager Bryghus

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #239
Ranked #20,807
3.87 | pDev: 8.53%
Amager Bryghus
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Notes: Collaboration with Grassroots Brewing

At Amager Bryghus, we have always and with great pleasure opened our doors to guest brewers from all around the world. Black Nitro is a collaboration with the American grassroots beer hippie Shaun E. Hill.

For Black Nitro, Shaun dug out a recipe from his early years as a brewer. Dark (or Black or Cascadian) IPA is now a trend in the USA, and this beer was also a hit in Denmark when it was first brewed in 2009. The color is a dark brown towards the black. We used a special technique to avoid the burnt notes that usually come from dark malt. The aroma is a broad spectrum of hops thanks to a big dosage of many American varieties.

A warm thank you to Shaun who has moved on to his own successful brewery in the US. Be well.
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours deep black color with a tan colored head. Good volume on it, retention is alright but not amazing. Lacing is alright too.

S: Smell is pretty light overall. Light coffee, chocolate milk, some light citrus notes.

T: Just like the nose but everything is much stronger than I expected. The coffee and chocolate milk notes are front and center. Then, there is a lot of citrus zest notes with orange zest. The flavors don't blend together very well though. They're all good flavors though.

M: Pretty heavy and a lively carbonation.

O: This is an alright beer. I expected better from it though.

Oct 15, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16.9 oz bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a mahogany to black color with a foamy, tan one inch head, but limited Belgian lacing. Mid-glass to top clearing of effervescence with strong head retention, like many nitros.
S: Opens with a citrus to floral aroma, but distinct coffee, toffee, and cane sugar notes evident over time.
T: Very sweet opening, like a milk stout, with a sarsaparilla/sugar cane flavor offset by peppery bitterness.
M: Medium to full bodied; very persistent effervescence.
O: Interesting and enjoyable.

Jun 21, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark malts and sugary/citrus/fruit. The flavor is pine needles, citrus/fruit, dark malts and a mix of sugar and spices in the finish. Bought on a five dollar markdown, probably was old, but was pretty good for its age.

Feb 02, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle -black with a tan head.

nose is roasty with dark and sweet malts... also some earthy pine coming from the hops. taste is similar, liking how the hops bring a nice bitterness which compliments the malt bill .. only complaint would be that the malts seem like theyre more what you would expect from an imperial IPA than a black IPA. feels light/medium.

May 17, 2016
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a tall, creamy tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. The nose is mostly IPA with lots of citrus and spicy hops but with some chocolate malt in the background. The taste is a great blend of bold, bitter hops (citrus and lots of American bittering hops) with h some nice roasted grain and dark chocolate. The body is big and round with good carbonation with a long dry finish. A really nice beer.

Mar 29, 2016
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on December 29, 2015. Look is deep dark brown with a two finger tan head and spotty lacing. Smell is dark cocoa, toasted bread with citrus, pine and earthy hop aromas. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malt notes with bitter citrus and pine resin flavors. Feel is medium in body with a dry and somewhat bitter finish.

Dec 29, 2015
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Arthuros from France

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thick beige head that lingers for quite a long time.

Great black IPA, more on the bitter side. Charred malt is the mainaroma, and the immediate taste, slowly replaced by hop bitterness as it lingers in the mouth. Nitrogen gives decent carbonation, very thin bubbles.

Dec 28, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with medium brown head. Aroma has roasted malts and fresh, grassy hops. Taste starts hoppy with juicy fruit notes, the bitterness increasing towards the finish. Aftertaste lingers bitter with grapefruit pith and roasted malt. Really well put together black IPA.

Dec 16, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time around on this one, first time was a draft pour now a fresh bottle.

Thanks ROBD for sharing.

A- Black bodied brew out of a 500ml bottle into a tall chalice. Large tan cap with good retention. Tons of lacing all over in sheets and webs.

S- Roasted off the top like a deep stout with dark chocolate and burnt barley tones. Hops are balanced in if not secondary with pine and earthy citrus notes.

T- Intensely roasty flavors with a barrage of bitter hops. Both the deeply roasted grains and the hops hold their own. Dark bitter cocoa present all throughout. Charred grains, raisins, toasted nuts and a hint of deep caramel.

MF- Smooth and slick feel to a medium overall body. The bubbles are at a high, crisp level and it ends with a bitter chocolate finish.

Not an IPA that is dark but a deep roasty bitter brew with a medium punch of hops. Tons of cocoa laced into the balance with blackened barley and pine hops.

Nov 28, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is completely black in the center and ruby red highlights at the edges. An inch tan head keeps its form all the way through.

Aroma is a nice balance of sweet roasted malt and citrusy hops.

Taste is an interesting balance of roasted malt taste with a slight astringency and a pine and a little citrus not as much as was on the nose.Taste is a little thin and very dry.

Very excellent beer.

Nov 23, 2015
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kinda confusing name as this isn't nitro-fied but looks like it could be, but I've always been a big fan collab. Have had it a few times before, time to review.

A - 500ml pours not-quite-black, more of a dark brown with some red highlights noticeable. A nice cascading beige head starts at a couple fingers or so, a pretty-much full cap remains for the duration. Some dots of lace here and there.

S - Actually pretty intense on the roast and dark chocolate here with loads of piny/grapefruit/earthy hops, a fair amount of mint going on too. I'd say the dark malt is stronger than the hops, which seems pretty rare for the style, and appreciated here.

T - Hops coming forward a bit more for the taste creating a better balance, a bit more expressive flavor-wise as well with lots of pineapple, pine resin, and orange joining the party. The roast+dark chocolate malts still hold up strong, but perhaps are a bit tamer here than in the scent. Some caramel coming through too.

M - Smooth and biggish mouthfeel, malts definitely adding some body here. Ample carbonation, medium-high bitterness but pretty nice balance for the style, quite drinkable for ABV/all things considered.

O - Love the strong dark-malt presence here, that alone makes it stick out for this style to me, as more often they usually come off as simply dark IPAs. Nice hop presence here too and pretty bold and stellar all-around. I definitely am reminded me of Hill Farmstead ABAs like Foster and James, though I think I actually prefer this one.

Nov 22, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great roasty black IPA. Dark brown skewing towards black with a moderate mocha head. Grassy, piney, grapefruit, mated with chocolate and dark roasted notes ... a hint of french roast coffee. Flavor follows, bursting with big hop flavor. I'd guess there's a big dose of centennial in here. Pine pitch, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and citrus battle it out in the finish.

Aug 20, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop. Black IPA is one of my least favorite styles, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one - nice malt backbone, but not overly bitter, and a robust Pacific Northwest hop profile.

Aug 06, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - A shade lighter than black body. Lacing. Tan, thin bubbled head. Unfiltered and sediment left in bottle. 4.25

Smell - Grass. Chocolate. Grapefruit. Burnt.

Taste - More bitter than other black IPAs (compared to Uranus especially). Chocolate is lighter than chocolate. Light citrus. If you have made a stout, it tastes like the sediment after the first transfer.

Feel - Smooth and medium bodied. A little of a milk stout feel.

Overall - I found this in Dayton as it was not in Columbus. I was a little disappointed but the score shows it is a solid beer. Bottle labeling hints at a barrel aged beer and it is not. Black IPA is more IPA (on the straight bitter side, I am talking Rebel IPA here) than a hoppy stout.

Jun 23, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle in a DFH snifter. This ale pours a deep blackish brown with a substantial head that lingers long, ending as a medium pool with a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of cocoa, burnt malts, and deeply resinous hop bitterness. Flavors mirror the nose with semi sweet cocoa and burnt malts on all sides followed by a sticky resin laden hop profile that blends with burnt malts on the back and aftertaste. Moderate grain alcohol comes through with warmth aided by a nice strong carbonation. Lightly dry finish with a long burnt aftertaste and sticky hop flavor. I am usually a fan of this brewery, yet this brew is lacking any balance. Perhaps a hop heads delight, but doubt it with the burnt malt flavor.

Jun 05, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of dry bitter roasted malt notes with some light green resin notes is OK. Taste is also a mix of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes with some light resin notes. Body is lighter then style average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I thought this beer was a bit short on hops flavors and thinner then I would have liked it to be.

Jun 04, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours of a very dark brown with a huge fluffy white head. Very balanced between the light roasted malt and hop bitterness. Bone dry, floral. It's good for a black ipa.

May 26, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours almost straight black. Some super dark browns when held to direct light. Head is a soapy light tan. Minimal head retention and carbonation. Some spots of lacing with some serious legs.

Smell: Deeply roasted with associated sweetness. Cocoa and dark chocolate with a slight hint of lactose and milk chocolate. A touch of grape jelly and dark fruit. Vague dark berry. Tons and tons of cocoa. Some burnt elements as well. Some caramelized and overcooked malts. Very slight burnt bread crust.

Taste: Burnt, but not overly so. Deeply roasted with a hint of char. Sweetness builds a bit as the beer warms. Some vague hints of dark fruit. Bitter baker's chocolate. So much roast. Burnt, very burnt. Something like a chocolate cookie (think Oreo without the cream filling). Warming makes it all burnt malt and baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Did you hit the NOS?

It's roasted and burnt and then burnt and roasted and sweet.

Apr 12, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 4/12/15

A: Yes, I would say this is black - some dark brown around the edges - pours with a medium, frothy, off-white head, retains some blobs of a cap, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Roasty, burnt, but not getting a ton of hops - some grapefruit flesh and some citrus zest - some burnt chocolate malts, roasty coffee - dark chocolate and some semisweet chocolate - some sweetness with some caramel

T: Chocolate and some citrus, not too complex, but it works - grapefruit flesh and zest - nice malt profile, with some burnt chocolate malts, burnt grains, burnt coffee - some dark chocolate and sweet chocolate - toffee, caramel, and some molasses - some molasses - some dark fruits - burnt, roasty grain aftertaste

M: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, not the cleanest finish

O: Not in a nitro can?

I am afraid that I may have sat on this a bit too long. The hops are rather subdued, but there are some decent grapefruit notes. It's far from a world class black IPA, but it's not bad.

Apr 12, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, with super fresh hop aroma, and the hard to achieve clean finish in a black ipa. On the other hand, not all that much malt character. Excellent body with a little alcohol warmth. Very easy drinking.

Mar 31, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a collaboration with grassroots, which is hill farmstead, so i really sort of thought this might have a hop profile like some of their epic beers they do up there in the green mountain state, but its not to be. still, a really tasty black ipa, but the hops just seem to be bitter, not flavorful and certainly not delicate. they seem heavily dosed, but not well enough flavored for how dense and intense the grain roast is here. maybe should have added some later kettle stuff, rather than the long boil bittering, but what do i know. i like the dry base, as big as it is, foamy and bubbly, but fuller bodied pushing porter, minus the attendant caramel malt middle. this is all dark, black as they come. the name nitro confused me a little, not that we have breweries doing nitro bottles, this might actually be suited to that format, but its standard carbon dioxide charge. i really liked this in an after dinner context, but i found the harsh bitterness a little off putting, and overly intense with the charred ashy grain base. well made beer, but not a recipe that i am particularly compelled by, and definitely coming in under expectations for the brewers involved in making it. probably still worth the ten bucks i paid for a bottle though...

Mar 21, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the deep and dark tendencies of Amager rush over the session, they also do so with the bright and zesty aim of some Grassroots help.

Their collaborative brew is darkly translucent, showing garnet margins. As a thick blanket of foam mounts, the scent of roasted hops wash over the senses. Coffee, burnt toast and cocoa take a citrusy tone for a yin and yang attitude.

Its malty taste seem of burnt caramel, toffee and just off of molasses. Its robust roasted character trends stout-like even as the hop flavors garner attention through the middle. Pink grapefruit, lemon and sour grape link up with singed orange peel, burnt pinecone and smoky brushfire.

Its medium bodied taste seems full with the dense creamy substrate propping up the acrid roast and piquant hop bitterness. But it wavers slightly in finish to allow the hops and roast to dry the palate slightly. An after tow of cocoa and orange persist in the beer's waning moments and aftertaste.

Mar 10, 2015
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this in Burlington VT on my trip to Maine.

A- Body is a dark brown nearly black. Not uniformly translucent and when light shines through hints of ruby can be seen. Pours with a 3-4 finger foamy creme brulee head. Head slowly fades to 1/3 finger and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S- The nose has a lot of grapefruit to offer. A lot of bitter roasted malt brings up the background. There is a nice brightness to the grapefruit tones-but the coffee ground smell is very prominent and I am on the fence about how well they blend.

T- Light notes of white grapefruit upfront with a subtle roasted malt backbone. The finish is all bitter hop resin and roasted malt bitterness with a hint of pine. The resinous and roasted malt bitterness lingers on and on.

M- Carbonation is medium and not assaulting The body is relatively smooth and oily. This is very well done and where I taste the Hill influence .

O- Black ales can really be hit or miss as the typical IPA and porter or stout don't really blend well. I have had some great ones and some bad ones. This one is pretty much a miss but I really respect the bright citrus/grapefruit tones to this as well as the great mouthfeel. I guess its worth a try but I'm really not into it. The bitterness is too much.

Nov 01, 2014
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pitch black with a three finger high, beige, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Roasted malt, milk, sweet licorice, dark chocolate, citrus hops, very hoppy and fruity!

Taste: Grapefruit, coffee, roasted malt as in the nose, pine, bitter lemon peel and more malt.

Mouth: Medium body. A little thin but then black IPA tends to be that way.

Overall: A really good black IPA but not all the way up with the stars!

Sep 23, 2014
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
A - Dark, almost black, creamy mocha cap supported by steady carbonation.
Lacing clings in delicate strips.
S - Cocoa, burnt toast, toffee and autumn forest.
T - Roast malts, big bitter finish, piney and slightly resinous. delicious.
F - Full mouth feel, with a sharp declination into a dry finish.
O - Very enjoyable, hoppy and roasty elements are a treat.

Sep 15, 2014
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