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Amager / Grassroots Black Nitro | Amager Bryghus

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Amager / Grassroots Black NitroAmager / Grassroots Black Nitro
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3.86/5
Very Good
140 Ratings
Amager / Grassroots Black NitroAmager / Grassroots Black Nitro
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark
amagerbryghus.dk

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by baggio on 12-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,014
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
140
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of NoLiberty
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a plenty to GrassrootsVT for this mighty tasty brew brought over from DK.

Pours a nice dark soft flow into my Mikkeller glass. The head froths up into a solid 3 finger head that settles into a solid toffee colored cap with high thick lacing. Color is deep black with light translucence coming through on the edges.

This bottling is several months old but is still piney, citrusy, bold and nice. Smells fresh and dank even thought it's not the freshest of beers. I would have loved to try this right off the tap. Really nice pine, citrus, resiny quality to the beer. It smells delicious and invites an excessive drink.

The beer overall is clean, fresh, dank and wonderful. Starts clean and piney with light citrus character. Middle is slightly bolder with chocolate notes and some roasted malt. But this beer is no doubt an IPA with strong qualities of hop and herbal notes. Finishes dry and clean with subtle roasted flavors that back up what is otherwise an impressive IPA.

Mouthfeel is clean, soft and pleasant. Carbonation is soft but ever present producing an effervescent body with soft sides and a fluid body. Really nice.

Yeah, I could drink A LOT of this beer. Thanks to Shaun Hill for this wonderful collaboration brew!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Focusf111
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bobv
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maseitz
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this label definately looks appealing and when the brew is poured it looks as good as the label looks it is dark black cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that slowly recedes to a layer of smoggy froth across the top with an outer rim of lacing,it smells as good as it looks to with aromas of strong piney hops,mandarin,grapefruit and a tinge of liquorice,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel which is lively carbonated and has tastes of piney hops first up followed by some citrus zest,a tinge of toffee,black liquorice and finishes with a passionfruit,piney hop bitterness and to be quite honest i could easily drink more than one of these and will buy again without doubt.

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

Beer pours out off-black, glints of cola brown in the light, with a cocoa head that sits atop the liquid in a solidified mass. Lacing clings to the side with each sip.

Aroma is predominently piney hops, with hints of citrus fruits that delve into coffee and dark chocolate.

The first sip destroys your palette with utter confusion and insanity. As it settles, there are strong flavours of fresh coffee and sweet chocolate that give way to a piney, underlying citrus finish. It is balanced in a way that the flavours are layered upon one another, and compliment each other.

A sensational brew, that has really opened up my eyes in bringing together two completely different flavour profiles and making them work so well together.

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Photo of cdean801
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of msondel
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jrand2621
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jbeervt
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of DrankIT
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Photo of baklo
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrip
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Jester King/Cantillon Zwanze Day tulip.

A~ pitch black with a big soapy like tan head. along with a lot of lacing.

S~ citrusy hops and dank grass up front. faint roasty malts in the background along with a bit of fresh coffee and dark chocolate.

T~ extremely citrusy from the hops. i'm guessing citra, simcoe, and nelson. nelson seems to add some amazing vomit like flavor haha a lot like a dark Enjoy By. (if there is nelson that is haha) the taste then proceeds to follow the nose with a ton of roasty malts, coffee, and dark bitter chocolate.

M~ nice silky smooth feel. with less hops this is what the original version of Daybreak should have been in my opinion. nice carbonation and refreshing as well.

O~ i'm actually very impressed by this colab. yesss.... it IS a Grassroots colab. haha super well balanced and honestly might be one of my favorite black IPA's. once again i'm biased cause this is one of my favorite styles. hence the high rating =]

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of drinkbeernoth2o
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful black with super nice tan topper- nice and firm!
lots of hops on the smell, a little bit of the band aid smell... but kind of sweet. some malt...
taste is band aid also, a little sweet; bitter as it goes down. each successive swallow yields a little more serious malt taste yet a little bit more bitterness. almost rye-like. and yet, a little chocolate-y. overall, a very decent brew. this brewery makes a lot of different brews and imports quite a few of them to California....

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this beer received from grassrootsVT, who was partially responsible for the beer.
Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a small tan head that never really fades away. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, raisins, grapes, toasted nuts, bitter chocolate, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mildly tart cherries, and gooseberries found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, biter, and lip smacking.

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Photo of Scotty_J
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Amager / Grassroots Black Nitro from Amager Bryghus
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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