Black Moon IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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Black Moon IPABlack Moon IPA
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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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Added by AlexJ on 10-03-2010

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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 cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of nevins
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of DZales1000
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of zgunder
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +14.6%
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 +5.9%
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 +3.5%
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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a coca cola brown and when it settles it is black and totally opaque with a small brown ring at the bottom. 1 inch tan head with ok retention and some lace

Smell: Smells like black malt mixed with bittering hops

Taste: Has a unique malt flavor upfront which is part sweet and part bitter. Finishes with a great coffee flavor. The alcohol at 10% is well hidden at first when the beer is cold but when the beer warms the alcohol shows up and the beer starts to have a nail polish remover taste so drink it fast

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to high carbonation and maybe a hair dry

Overall: Not a bad black IPA reminds me alot of ST iniquity. The flavor keeps it from being a great beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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 dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black as can be with a great, thick head (wonderful retention): lacing is beautiful; this beer looks amazing

S: Loads of pine, tar, citrus, and possibly a touch of chocolate splash across the nose first followed by some obvious booze

T: Although hop forward, this beer has an awesome chocolatey malt backbone which combined with the citrus and pine hop qualities makes for a tasty brew

F: Full bodied and creamy; this beer is like liquid velvet on the tongue

O: this is a boozy beer and is one to sip and share but I sure did enjoy nonetheless

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.


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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a three-finger head of dense, rocky, off-white foam which retained nicely and a left a bit of clingy lace.

S: Very hopped-out smelling, with loads of tobacco leaf, piny resins and licorice to go along with the full, earthy, herbal and citrusy hop aroma.

T: Hops blast initially on the palate, but give way to subtle, roasted malt flavors of licorice, tobacco, coffee beans and charred, earthy tones. The hops and alcohol combine for a spicy set-up to the slick, bittersweet and hoppy finish which leaves a lingering slick of hot bitterness on the palate.

M: Full-bodied, rich and quite bitter, the malt bill and IBUs of this beer make it one to wait and sip on.

O: A real sipper at 10% ABV and one that's hot with hops and alcohol, but so very rich and tasty. Kept thinking I was drinking a RIS but hops billed at 90 IBUs remind you think is a heavy duty DIPA with roasted porter and stout characteristics. I would def pick up a bomber again, maybe to age next time though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at American Flatbread, South Burlington, VT

Poured an opaque black with miniscule brown highlights, and a small tan head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles. Big hops and roasty malts in the aroma. I love black IPAs because it doesn't look like they should be so hoppy, but they are. Crisp hop bitterness up front with a toasted caramel maltiness accompanying. Piney, and a bit woody. Medium mouthfeel, and about the texture of a typical IPA; quite drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 PicoPapa
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a black/dark brown with a thin tan frothy head. Aroma is of citrus and piney hops. Maybe a hint of chocolate but the hop aroma dominates, and I'm not complaining. Taste is more of the mix of the pine and citrus hop flavors but a bit more chocolate this time. Some roasted malt and burnt coffee flavors. Bitter orange peel aftertaste. Heavy mouthfeel. This beer has less drinkability than most others I've had of this style but is still damn good. The 10%ABV is hidden well. Overall this is a very fine Black IPA and I will absolutely look for it again.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 CrookedStill
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black/deep mahogany in color with a thin tan head that quickly falls.

Pine aroma dominates with a slight sweetness behind it.

Taste really follows the nose. Big hop presence upfront and balanced by a equally large malt backbone. Pretty standard for a IIPA but much better balanced than many I've had. There's hints of the roasted malt but it isn't overpowering and really compliments the hops. Finishes on a mildly sweet note. The alcohol, to be 10%, is well hidden and is only slightly present.

Fairly full body, just short of "syrupy," with a nice amount of carbonation and again not unlike other IIPAs I've tried.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. The nice thing, at least to me, about this one is that the roasted flavor is kept to a minimum and, in that respect, doesn't depart too far from a traditional IIPA. The most enjoyable thing about it is that the body is thicker while being better balanced than many other beers I've had from this style. It's a shame this was only brewed once.

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Black Moon IPA from Rock Art Brewery
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