Black Moon IPA
Rock Art Brewery

Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA
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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #42
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,899
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
153
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Vermont, United States
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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA
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Reviews by Hopyard57:
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Photo of jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight grapefruit nose, flavor is grapefruit and hints of caramel, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Decent DIPA. $5.49 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 22oz bottle at the Cabot Annex last Sunday. The price was not loaded into their 'puter, so they charged me only $3.09. Sweet! Will enjoy it today out in the 'Zebo before heading in to watch some football...

Pours a very deep, opaque chestnut/mahogany color. Head is frothy, healthy and mocha hued, lasting verry well. Lacing is top-shelf as well. The nose has a decent combo of rindy citrus and roastyness. Body is middle of the pack, and it is low on the prickle factor.

Flavorwise, this one is low on the malty sweetness, as the 90 IBUs would suggest. Has a solid roasty character, with some espresso, mocha and dark choco bitterness present. On top of that is heaped some rindy, pithy, even piney, hoppage. So you get bitterness from both the dark malts as well as the lupulins, and it lingers nicely in the aftertaste. This one is well-made and satisfying. Now, if I could always get it for $3.09.... ;-)

Prosit!
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice new collaboration brew between Rock Art and Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. No freshness date/brewing date to be had.

Pours darkest of brown, dark tan head, lofty and retaining its height well. Leaves an extensive assortment of sheeting and lace.

Nose is bursting with pine sap, charred malts and fruity/hoppy/malty goodness.

Tastes fresh and flavorful. 10% nowhere to be found. Quality strong brew written all over this one. Warming, complex and oozing care and quality in brewing.

More dark and burnt malts shining through, then the hops reenter and assault the palate. Flavors are rich, dense and intense. really enjoyed this one as a late night sipper/night capper. Well done Rock Art, probably the best beer I've had from them. Quality brewery, quality Coop that I had the pleasure to visit recently. The collaboration has produced an impressive and well worth seeking out brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark tan head over the barely translucent dark reddish brown brew. Head collapses slowly, settling at a strong 1/2" and holding, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is miminal.

Taste has a peek of sweet to start, an undercurrent of slightly acrid bitterness from stem to stern, a shot of dark fruit in the middle, and a cream yet more bitter close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Never would have guessed this brew is 10%abv.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany brown, almost black, with a moderate beige head that has good stick.

Aroma of cascade citrus, marmalade, pine, and hints of sweet char and dark roast.

Flavors between IPA and a Brown Porter on steroids. Nice caramel, roast barley, and dark fruit meet with citrus, pine, and herbal earthy hops. IBUs are listed as 65 and could honestly use a bit more to balance the high ABV and malt flarors.

Medium bodied and quite drinkable. The hefty 10% ABV isn't noticed until the end of the first pint.

Just happened to be in VT on vacation and surprised to see this was not in the database...must be brand new and very fresh.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. This might be the first black DIPA I've had, or double black ale if you prefer. There's a slight edge of alcohol heat, but otherwise there's a great mix of citrus and roasted barley. There are clean, clear black malt notes jumping through the hops, but there's also a fruity, juicy undertone with figs and raisin. The aroma has a touch of molasses in with the grapefruit hops. The burnt grains come out more in the flavor, and are overpowered by rolling grapefruit, biting citrus zest and a mild floral undertone. Great beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from baconsausage so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large dense foamy light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, roasted malts, chocolate and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and citrus. The malt character is very hearty and provides a nice balance, which I feel is the most difficult trait to achieve in this style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong and well-disguised kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop. Always a great lineup of beer!

Looks very pretty. Dark brown/ black body with a finger of tan head.

Super clean nose. Almost reminds me of a Hill Farmstead brew a little cause it's just so clean and crisp. A hint of the malt here, but less than I expected.

Flavor is clean, crisp bitterness with moderate malt. With this dark of a body, I am surprised by how much this tastes like a normal IPA. Very tasty and still a little green even, although it's nearly a year old.

Mouthfeel is crisp, tooth-strippingly tart and quenching. Nice mouthful.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Not at all what I expected for the style, but just pure pleasure to sip. The ABV is well hidden, I was shocked to see 10% on the label. Drinks like 6.5% to me.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark black, opaque with some hints of ruby, a creamy mocha head with great retention and lacing.

S-Roasted malt with a rich undertone of tar and mocha. Very appealinjg.

T-A tinge of caramel with lots of earthy hops and some nicely understated bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely rich, slightly bitter.

O-Really nice Black IPA. I had no idea this was 10%. It sure does not taste like it. Probably my favorite Rock Art beer ever.

HV

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night, totally opaque. Head is a little thin, not unexpected at 10% ABV.

S: An immediate slap in the nose from some dank hops, with mild citrus following. Very slight roastiness as it warms. Alcohol is not evident at first, only slightly noticed as it warms up.

T: Starts dank and herbal, then citrus takes over and blends nicely with some sweet chocolate/coffee notes. Very clean and balanced; finishes with clean alcohol and hop bitterness. Strangely reminiscent of Pliny the Elder, but a little subdued all around in comparison (not to mention the roast malt!).

M: Satisfying. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not at all astringent despite the huge load of hops and roast malt.

O: A great beer. Dangerously drinkable like most good hoppy beers. If you are undecided as to whether you want a DIPA, imperial stout or barley wine, this is the perfect beer. Also a huge bargain price-wise, at least here in VT.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark burgundy, almost a blackish brown, that was partially opaque. Poured with a reasonable mocha brown head that clung to the sides very well. Aroma was mostly grainy malt, reminded me muchly of a stout. Hints of chocolate aroma as well. Taste was hoppy with a bit of lactose sweetness mingled with the bitter. Coated well, with a bit of tingly on the tongue. A fair bit of chew as well. Overall a nice beer, but the IPA in the name was a bit of misnomer.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Schuffer Steak and Ale House in Burlington.

Definitely black, small, off-white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and some pine. Pretty sticky and a bit sweet.

Taste is robust, with a lot of roasted chocolate flavors. Hops take the form of a resin-y pine flavor with some citrus, but they aren't too strong. In some ways, this is like drinking a hoppy Imperial Stout. Alcohol is noticeable but less so than it could be for the ABV.

A bit syrupy on the mouth, appropriate level of carbonation.

This one is less hoppy than some I've had of the style and is definitely the most robust. It's a sipper and a decent beer overall.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A reward for a trip across the border today.

A: It is black. I get it. A touch of cola colored when held up to the light. A half finger of brownish head with some impressive lacing.

S: I have been having quite a few examples of this style lately and I think this might be the best nose I have ever had for it. The black and the black and the IPA have never been more integrated in the nose for me. You get the hops which come across with a nice citrus not then the malt which has a touch of chocolate with only a hint of roast.

T: Just like the nose. I think the roast really can get in the way of this emerging style and it is just not there. A touch of chocolate combined with citrus nature of the hops is a real winner. The finish is nice with a touch of chocolate and a nice pleasant lingering hop taste.

M: Feels like a normal IPA. It was never overwhelming. Well carbonated.

D: This is one of the best examples of the style that I have had hands down. The more of these beers I have the more I realize that the roasted flavors really need to be cut back.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the hobo tasting at RJ Rockers last night, we went with some damn good DIPA's that I will be the first to admit knocked me for a bit of a loop after a long break. But got a love good beer, good company, and being surrounded by fermenters, still does not beat a chucky cheese. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 02/17/2011.

The last of the tasting I had acquired this gem from Rock art and clocking in at 10% here we go. Dark black pour with a inch and a half of tan that leaps off the top of the beer. Settling down it coats the sides of the glass with a deep layer of lacing and a firm staying power. Hops are much more upfront here than in the previous two. Deep citrus comes through the air followed by a nice roasted malt, brown sugar, earthy and a touch of light peat. Follow through in the flavor was gorgeous with a sustained hop bite that melted away into a smooth sweet malt finish that had just enough left to dry the palate. 10% abv, where???

Overall the winner of the day for me, until I got home, but really very well done and probably my favorite thing I have had from Rock Art.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a dense black, with roughly 1 ½ fingers of rich mocha-colored head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger cap, which throws some sticky swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral feeling, with a green grapefruit smelling bitterness to it that is layered on top of notes of smoky roast and thick chocolate malts. That big ABV adds fullness and spicy fusels to the mix but without any obvious stinging warmth in the nostrils.

The taste starts with a thick chewy combo of chocolate and caramel sweetness before segueing into a crunchy wall of roasted coffee bitterness. Green citric hop character and spicy alcohol works their way into all of that sweetness and dark roast, stretching into the finish with a dry and warm pithiness that sticks to the tongue and eventually gives way to lingering notes of burnt malt and sweet sugars. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation, which sits on top of a chewy alcohol beefiness. Amazingly, beyond the fullness of the body and that spicy warmth, the 10% ABV is wonderfully hit here and I would never have guessed just what the full strength of this was, as it feels more like 8% at the most.

This was a VERY solid take on a Black IPA with a great even mix of sweetness, roast, and hops, and while I may question just why this beer had to be so strong, there is no doubt that it impressively hides that big ABV. I’m usually one to dive into a bomber of an IPA by myself but I’m glad that I had a buddy along for the ride with this one!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nkersten for picking this up in Vermont. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that settles to a solid thin cap, and leaves behind attractive splotchy lacing. The body is near-black, but reveals some reddish transparency when held to the light.

S - Lots of baker's chocolate, and some light pine, floral, and herbaceous hops. That being said, the malt backbone has enough complexity to keep things interesting, and there is thankfully none of that cheesy faded hop aroma.

T - Sweet baker's chocolate, light caramel, and some light citrus character as well. Nice hop bitterness that is present but initially well-attenuated. As I worked through 10oz or so the bitterness mounted to a fairly intense level by the end.

M - Smooth medium-full body, soft carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a pleasant roasty dry finish.

D - I'm guessing this was terrific fresh, but at this stage it's merely "pretty good". I had no problem sharing a bomber, and would seek this out if I heard of a new batch in the works.

Edit - imagineiii has kindly pointed out that there were two batches - one from late September, and one from mid-November. Based on purchase location, I'm inclined to think I had the latter.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/11

Appearance: Black, as the name would suggest, with a really nice light brown head - decent retention, some good lacing

Smell: Burnt malts, hops everywhere - this is what every American Black Ale should smell like - chocolate and citrus/herbal hops, very nice

Taste: A little on the sweet side with some burnt biscuits and typical "Rock Art" yeast flavor - there is a LOT of chocolate - hops shine through the burnt malts and round out the taste - very good, but not exactly mind-blowing - the only really surprising thing is the utter lack of alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied, smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: A solid offering from Rock Art

As mentioned above, the alcohol is well-hidden. Either that, or the ABV is false. Regardless, this is a great beer. It's not my favorite from Rock Art, but it's worth seeking out.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours super dark brown - nearly opaque with a deep tan head that falls slowly to a fairly thick blanket. Nice lacing. Smells of piney hops, roasty malt, some chocolate. The taste is much more assertive than the nose. Hope hit first with some impact but the flavor of the hops in in a tangle with the roast of the malt. It's actually a pretty good balance. I get some bitterness for the hops but some of the pine notes are intertwined with the malt so as they don't stand out on their own.

The body is medium and th4e carbonation is fairly active but the beer is quite smooth. Overall an enjoyable brew of a unique kind. Oh damn - I didn't realize that it's 10% - I guess it also hides it alcohol very well!

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of snowranger05
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, a Lucious dark ale that satisfies the hophead in me. Bought by my fiancé on a trip to VT, I knew nothing about the brew and had no expectations. In fact, when it was poured a saw the deep rich brown/black, catching me off gaurs because I didn't even look at the label--I expected a standard IPA!

The hop character comes through strongly in both the aroma and flavor. Heavy on the citrus, much to my pleasure. According to the Coop flyer it's got Magnum, Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops.

malt isn't really detectable in the nose, but in the flavor it comes across with notes of chocolate and even dark maple syrup. The merging of malt and hop flavor is wonderful; never before have I been so tempted to chug a 10% brew.

They nailed the body, too. About what you would expect from a DIPA.

Overall this beer is excellent. I'm going to call my friends in Montpellier and have them pick up several more for the cellar:)

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Photo of markasparov
1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

Black Moon IPA from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 153 ratings