Amager / Grassroots Black Nitro | Amager Bryghus

Amager / Grassroots Black NitroAmager / Grassroots Black Nitro
BA SCORE
3.86/5
139 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:
#11,448
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
139
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Dirtyhands
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TechTriumph
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Arthuros
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of LukeK
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Risenhower
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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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Amager / Grassroots Black Nitro from Amager Bryghus
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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