Black Moon IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4x16oz cans for around $15. Poured into a willy glass. Dark, dark semi-translucent brown with a finger of chocolate head that leaves lines of lace around the glass. Aroma is a bit odd, with lavender and salt-water taffy in there (best way I can describe it). Taste is pretty nice, combining a sweet malty roasted flavor with a fairly bitter finish - not what I would call a hoppy beer. Mouth is interesting, with a syrupy sweetness, but bitter enough to keep it enjoyable. Overall, I'm digging it for now. We'll see how the next three cans go.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.84/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma- some smoke, but otherwise empty. Dark black color with a Foamy tan head. Smoke, ash, hops barley. Hint of coffee. Smooth feel, above average carb. Not bad in the end. Taste is a bit funky.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. It is clipped at February but also at "19." So I'm not sure if that means the expiration date is Feb 19. In any event I drank it on April 10, 2015.

Anyone who takes beer vacations to Vermont knows that the Hunger Mountain Cooperative natural foods store is a good place to find some interesting beers. And this one was brewed by Rock Art especially for the Coop so it is not a widely available beer.

The color is deep brown with a long-lasting foamy tan head.

While I do pick up some dark malts on the nose the pine and earthy hops tend to overpower everything else. 10% so I get a hint of alcohol.

Fuller body with an astringency that seemingly burns the back of my tongue.

Just a phenomenal earthy and pine bitterness rips into every aspect of the flavor and penetrates my senses. While I get a slight dark malt and dark licorice under currant the hops are what make it memorable. Wow. Drink slowly. Not for the feint of heart.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I gotta say, I like this beer WAY more than I thought I might. The big 10% ABV is masked beautifully and the hops come through very well without leaving too much bitterness. Overall this is such a smooth BDIPA. Only problem with this beer is that the brewing period is too short.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
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 marcdalke
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

They aren't kidding when they say "black". No light getting through this puppy.
S- roasty, floral notes
T- a lot going on. Complex. Roast, some chocolate, dark fruits, pine, sweet but not cloying or overdone, bitter in the finish. Every sip brings out something new. Where is the 10%? It's well hidden!
M- another poster described this as viscous...yeah, that's it. Good body and the lacing sticks around. The carbonation is spot on.
I only picked up one bottle of this on a recent trip to VT. Damn...hopefully I'll be back up there soon. I'm definitely seeking this one out again.

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Photo of wil19b85
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought this originally for a friend and after trading it decided I better go back and get one for myself before it was gone. Very smart decision on my part.

A - Very dark. No light shining through this one! Also showing off with a nice frothy 2 finger head. 15 minutes in and it is still holding a nice foamy layer.

S - It carries a very roasty smell. Dark chocolate, and coffee first come to mind.

T - Starts on a hoppy note. Finishes with a bitter side.

M - Initially it has a very viscus feel. The carbonation at first sip really helps play on the hoppy flavors in the beer. I noticed as that dissipated the bitter notes came through very nicely.

Overall I'd say this was a real treat. Some nights when I get home from slaving in the kitchen all day I really just need one beer before crashing in bed for the night. It also really helps when that beer is at a nice 10%. Now that might not necessarily be how my night went tonight but I'll keep this one in mind when it is. Assuming I can get more at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier, VT. Cheers.

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Photo of brewtus
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in VT. Pours dark brown with a frothy single finger head. Smells like fresh hops, cocoa, a little coffee. Taste starts fresh and hoppy and finishes with a bitter smokey flavor. I get some dark chocolate and coffee in the after taste. This is a great combination of hops and stout-like flavored that is balanced perfectly. The texture is Thicker than an ipa but thinner than a stout or porter, very enjoyable. This is probably one of the best black IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hint of pine and earthy notes

T-dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, pine, hints of citrus and a nice bitter hop finish, alcohol very well integrated for such a high ABV

F-medium body with mod erase carbonation, crisp

O-really like this black ale, was surprisingly tasty and very well-balanced, will be drinking more of this

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Photo of babbules
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into a weisen glass. Beautifully dark with around a finger of cream-colored head. Great lacing! The smell is very hoppy with lots of pine. Great taste and mouthfeel that starts bitter and slightly sweet and finishes clean, leaving hints of pine on the tongue. Too bad this is a limited production, I'd definitely like to have this one many more times!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.... ;-)

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


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Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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 ghostwalker
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Digimaika2
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken July 14, 2012.

(4.0) A: Black with tall semi-creamy mocha coloured head. Very good retention and sticky lacing.

(4.5) S: Pine, honey, roasted notes of rich dark chocolate and lesser amount of dark coffee bean, vanilla. Lots of variety and complexity.

(4.0) T: Caramel-like malt, rich dark chocolate, citrus-like hops, vanilla, dark fruit elements poke through. Alcohol well hidden.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Syrup-like with an oily texture.

(4.0) D: Very nice collaboration between one of my favourite VT breweries and favourite co-op's.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Rock Art with JLindros on a beer trip up to VT. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark, dark brown nearly black with a good bubbly, thick two finger dark mocha head that leave big, big clumps of lacing. Really, really good.

S - Really nice here too! Roasty, chocolate malts (light on the chocolate), with some dank musty citrusy hops. Very very dank here. The aroma of brewing wafts out of the nose.

T - Wow, impressive here. Alcohol isnt really evident in this at all, which is awesome. Nice thick, roasty malts, not a whole lot of chocolate just roast with more of those musty dank hops. Pine notes and almost oil with a strong bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is superb with this. Nicely carbonated for a black IPA, the slight prickly sensation keeps it up off the tongue with the 10% hidden wonderfully. It does hit sudden though.

O - Overall this was a shockingly good beer from Rock Art, a brewery that for me doesn't show off much wow factor beers. This is a very well executed black IPA.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 SickGnar
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite black & very nearly opaque – just hints of garnet / mahogany highlights. Big, dark tan (café con leche) head of pillowy foam that turn a tad rocky as it slowly settles. Nice retention and very nice lace.

S: Mix of hops & roasty malt. A bit of danky citrus & herbal hop character – but overall it is less strong and rather vague for what I would like. Roast is another story. Firm dark chocolate. Rather a good bit of sweetness ranging from molasses to bitter-sweet coffee. Hint of oddly bacony smoke. Generally, sort of a s’more dropped in the campfire smell. Dark fruit hints push out as it warms. Needs more hops.

T: Hops are far more pine, sap, & resin on the open than the nose. Just a touch of grapefruit / citrus comes through in the middle. The end turns to spicy resin. Very bitter and coating throughout. Sweet, but rather in a dark way – and with out being syrupy or cloying. Dark chocolate is main roasty malt notes. It is rounded out by some molasses & scorched toffee up front and by increasingly dry and roasty malt notes on the back end. Underlying very dark crystal malt base. Edge of raisin – from the edge of the cookie – darkened and even a touch burnt. Peppery (and a bit sweet) alcohol.

M: Big and rich mouthfeel, carbonation does not match. Low relative CO2 lends a soft smoothness. Loads of texture – from dextrins to hop oils. A touch soapy and slick. Stays semi-sweet for a really long time into the finish before the hops and alcohol push it drying. Obvious alcohol warmth & the barest hint of a bite.

D: Rich, very dark, robust, & darkly sweet malts. Hop character is perhaps a touch faded, but still there & very firmly bitter. Peppery alcohol shows proud, even for a 10% brew – yet it is oh so very drinkable. Well done. Not that you can throw it back (nor should you), as although it is not really sneaky it is very much potent. A sip and savor beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -10%
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 Satchboogie
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours fairly black with just about 2 inches of light tan head. Great retention, leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla. Pretty awesome with a lot going on.

T: Rush of chocolate upfront with citrus and floral hops attacking on top. Reminds me of a chocolate covered orange, but way more complex. Coffee and touch of vanilla are in the mix. Good bit of caramel in the middle. A little herbal and piney on the finish. As with the nose, there is a fair amount of complexity. Very little roasted quality, the chocolate blends perfectly with the citrus hops.

M: Medium body, moderate to maybe slightly high carbonation. Fairly smooth and a little creamy, a nice marriage of the resinous and sticky qualities of an IPA with the creamy smoothness of a stout. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, I had no idea this was 10% when I first tried it, I would have believed it if I was told it was 6%.

O: This is likely the best black IPA I've had so far. A perfect mix of citrus hops and chocolate malt without too much roastiness, char, or leafy/rooty hop astringency. Drinkability is dangerous as well.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at das bierhaus burlington, VT.

Light creamy head fades semi slowly with light lacing, darker almost black beer with ruby hints of light sneaking through the edges.

Nose a bit of roast and dark chocolate, bakers choc, caramel, vanilla, hint of molasses, then a bit of earthy and light spicy hops, even light citrus hops. Light cocoa later.

Taste semi sweet creamy dark malts, milk chocolate and chocolate milk, oats, bakers choc, light roast, hint of coffee and espresso, caramel and vanilla. Then nice earthy hops, light spicy and citrus hops, decent bitterness. as it warms and mellows in my mouth more cocoa comes out with hint of cinnamon and coffee. As out finishes a ton of coffee comes out, espresso and more biter spicy hops.

Mouth is creamy and med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, slightest hint of booze.

overall very nice, good dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and bitter hops balanced well.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black. Forms a relatively small, but stable, deep tan head that eventually reduces down to a thick ring around the edges. Good lacing.

S: Strong scent of heavily roasted malts. Char. Coffee. Some bright citrus in the mix as well.

T: Strongly roasted malts. More char with a fleeting, but unmistakable, creaminess. Strong bitterness. Coffee. Even some tropical fruit. A complex and odd combination of flavors that just works.

M: On the heavier side for a "black IPA" with lower carbonation. A bit sticky.

O: A very good black IPA and a great beer in it's own regard. Complex, yet still drinkable. ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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 SawDog505
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a pitch black, with a 1 inch sticky mocha head, glorious. Smell is pine, chocolate, toffee, coffee and a touch of citrus. Taste all that and it is very smooth for the abv. Body is really nice and plenty of life. Very nice brew.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful collabo from the fine folk at Rock Art.

Dark brown, nearly black liquid with a small crust of beige head cresting then subsiding, splashing a bit of lace on the goblet of choice.
Chocolate and tangerine aroma, some grapefruit as well. Pretty nice, perhaps the most subtle of hints at its 10% magnitude.
Rich and creamy chocolate with a citrus hop bite, decent front and back end bitterness. Sharp up front with a lingering rind at the end. Actually, this is damn nice. Medium bodied, luscious, dark, and hoppy? Yes, please. Well done, Rock Art, on a difficult style.

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