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:
#11,471
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
139
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 dmorgan310
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Roy - thanks. Collaboration with Grassroots.

A: Pours and dark brown with reddish edges under a half-inch thick off-white head which yields spotty lace.

N: Citrusy hops and dark malts.

T: Roasty, hoppy and malty. Fairly bland.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry and bitter roasty finish.

O: A Shawn influenced black ale. Not so much.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nearly black. Nice khaki head. Thick collar. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Bright grapefruit. Roasted malt. Coffee and caramel.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit, again. Roasted malt immediately. Gets very bitter. Coffee and burnt malt bitterness. Grassy hop flavor comes back and almost overpowers the roasted malt, but not quite.

Mouthfeel - Very burnt and bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - If you can get past the intense roast, it's really good. But it is really burnt.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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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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