Black IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Brad007 on 12-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with a tall, frothy, chunky, light tan head. Great lacing along the glass. Nose of chocolate, smoke, resiny bitterness, and floral hops highlights. Flavors of roast and bitter hops forward, with a chocolate roasted backbone. Roast and resiny into the aftertaste, with a bittersweet highlight throughout. Smooth, slightly dry finish. Solid brew.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost pitch black color. large off white head that slowly dies. Herbal and spicy hop nose with a chocolate malt character. Faintly earthy and minty.

Pretty good. Has a nice chocolate malt presence that works with the hop pretty well. Rich chocolate flavor actually with touches of caramel and a minty faintly spicy hop character. Big herbal flavor balances the rich chocolate sweetness. Incredibly drinkable and pretty unique. Not as hoppy as you think a black ipa would be, seems more like a deep american brown ale but its good.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Over carbonated pours a huge 2+ finger creamy fluffy head fades at a med pace with lots if bubbles, tons of lacing everywhere, midnight black beer.

Nose brings nice hops, Chinook earthy like base and centennial or cascade like spicy and citrus, hops are quite aromatic. Then a bit of dark malts, black malt and touch of cocoa, a touch of caramel, and a hint of pine hops in there too.

Taste starts with dark malts, a light roasted malt and hint of coffee, caramel, creamy cocoa, etc. Then transitions to hops quickly, again that nice cascade citrus and spicy hop flavor, a light pine and mint, earthy spicy chewy hops as a base maybe Chinook again. Orange citrus hops blend with the light pine and spicy hops to bring medium bitterness and hint of resin. Finish is more bitter hops, citrus and pine, light spicy and earthy, as well as roasted malt, light coffee and hint caramel lingering, touch drier but still a bit sticky sweet.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy nice carb, little creamy malt.

Overall not bad actually, not really a big fan of black ipas, and most of the rock art beers are mediocre imo, but this was done pretty well. I like the blend of spicy citrus pine minty earthy hops, aromatic and tasty, and the hops really take the show and the roast and other dark malts just hint at a base and don't clash too much.

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Black IPA from Rock Art Brewery
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