Amager / Grassroots Black Nitro | Amager Bryghus

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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
Ratings:
137
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 44
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of ShanePB
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Collaboration with Grassroots Brewing. Served from the bottle

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of duceswild
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Rick778
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sean802
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MichaelAllenVT
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really just a ton of hops in the aroma. Piney, citrus, little marijuana, peach/mango, little pineapple. Tastes very hoppy as well. A lot of pine-citrus, hints of peach and mango. Good amount of bitterness. I just noticed a very slight hint of caramel that snuck in mid-way through. I'm really only noticing a light roasty quality in the aftertaste; really the only appearance of the "black" half of this other than the color. Maybe I need to let it warm more. I never know how to drink a black IPA, as I prefer IPA's colder and dark beers a fair amount warmer. Anyway, this easily falls way more on the IPA side flavor and aroma-wise.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of More_betterness
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured vigorously into a lost abbey teku.

A: Pitch black body with a large light brown head that recedes quickly.

S: Citrus and pine followed by potent cocoa. Less hop forward than I would have expected but inviting nonetheless.

T: Light citrusy hops upfront, with bitter chocolate and coffee notes dominating. Assertive bitterness.

M: Light/medium body with an oily, mouth coating texture. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Decent example of a black ipa. Dark malt flavors are definitely more prevalent than other examples of the style with hops taking a back seat. Bitterness was a tick high for the amount of hop flavor present.

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Amager / Grassroots Black Nitro from Amager Bryghus
3.9 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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