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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #52
Ranked #7,553
4.04 | pDev: 11.39%
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Notes: Introduced in May 2009. Black like a stout, hoppy like an IPA.

Maris Otter malt, roasted barley. Zeus and Saaz hops.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Norway.
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 162 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DoctorZombies from Florida

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

Black pour with khaki foam. Coffee, sweet banana and clove notes. Coffee bean, chocolate malt and dry hop flavors. Dry medium mouthfeel, dry hop finish. Some astringency but alcohol otherwise masked well.

Apr 15, 2015
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pine resins, some citrus, roasted malts, chocolate and sweet caramel/toffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bitter pine resins, citrus, some earthiness, roasted malts, dark chocolate and some faint caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

May 23, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter roasted malt is quite dominant with some strong dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by dry bitter roasted malt notes with some deep citrus oriented hoppy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I have hard time understanding how this beer is rated so high. It is an OK version of a style that I don’t particularly like but not sure what really stands out. Also, the Saaz hops are very hard to pick-up in this mix.

Mar 14, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 25/11/13

A very dark brown with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam has great retention leaving 5 distinct pencil thin rings before falling to a thin film, looks great

S chocolate syrup, faint smoke, floral, lots of tropical citrus, pine, a little booze and licorice

T coffee I didn't smell, big citrus and pine but the char and dark chocolate's just as strong, two extremes seem to work together

M medium full, a bitter bite, slick, almost slimy, a little heat, lots of rind, char and chocolate on the finish

O balance if far off in every direction if that makes any sense, rind, pine, big dark roast and char mingle well together, booze is well concealed

best of both worlds in this one, big swings from one sip to another, there's many things I don't like about Alberta but my selection of beer isn't one of them. I'm curious how this has a BB of 2017, perhaps the BIPA BW is the next style?

Nov 26, 2013
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leckart from California

4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really mellow but rich and toasty, which is very surprising especially for a black ipa. So many of them are over-hopped and/or bitter, but not this one. On the other hand, this one is not at all bland or watery either. This guy is super drinkable but also complex. It's in the top three black ipa's I've ever had -- and I've tasted at least a dozen of them.

Oct 04, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color - and is black when viewed from afar. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with slight hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with notes of caramel and toffee malts along with a light amount of bitterness. Hints of spiciness are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't as hoppy as some of the other beers I've had but I won't hold this against the beer because it was aged for a year.

Aug 11, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a tulip

pours a dark brown color with a 2 inch light, lasting beige head. big alcohol/boozy aroma on the nose. well..this is definitely not an IPA. taste is big on bitter booziness. dont dislike it but its not what i was expecting. not hoppy at all. the label art is a lie! full bodied with medium carbonation. huge alcohol taste makes this one not very drinkable. i would have guessed this was more in the 10-11% ABV than 8.5.

overall not bad flavorwise, but the massive alcohol punch wasnt very pleasant. would pass on this in the future.

Jul 14, 2013
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babaracas from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red tinged dark brown with billowing tan head, settles to a nice clump in the middle of the glass with sticky rings of lace. Smell: some roast, black bread, pine and floral hopping. Taste: milk chocolate, light roast, pine, candied fruit, citrus peel. Nice black IPA with porter leanings... nothing mind blowing, not worth the sticker price.

Jun 03, 2013
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark brown, somewhat translucent, with a thick, fluffy light tan head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Fruity chocolate is the overall impression for me. Chocolate roasted malts, citrus and bits of tropical fruit hops. Some pine hops lingering about in the background. This doesn't have a huge nose, but what's there is good.

T: Deep-roasted malt and bitterness (combination of roast and hop bitterness). Citrus rinds and pine resin in the hop profile, but overall this isn't as hoppy as one would expect. Hop bitterness and roast bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium to heavy body, mild alcohol burn, and good carbonation sensation.

O: This is pretty tasty, but not quite as hoppy as I was hoping for in a Black IPA. If there's going to be this amount of roasted malt in the beer, the hops have to be bigger, especially the dry-hopping. Still, very happy to have tried it.

Jun 03, 2013
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mattcrill from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Earthy, piney hop resins up front. A hint of dark roasted grains. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Black pour with brown leather edges. A thick and creamy off-white head.

Flavor: Wow! Punishing earthy and piney hop bitterness up front. A bit of grassiness and palate caving goodness rushes up after the initial hop bomb. A touch of malty sweetness like sweetened espresso quickly gets beaten back by all the piney hop resins. Balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a touch creamy, and some palate caving hop-derived astringency. A bit of alcohol heat blends and makes for a nice memory on the mid-tongue.

Overall impression: A hop bomb. The hop bitterness and flavor make this one a sipper and one to be savored. This was over the top (in a good way). Wish I could get this more often.

Dec 17, 2012
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date that I could find, but probably aged a bit accidentally.

A: Pours a dark brown with a big frothy chocolate milk-colored head. Fades at a moderate pace but with excellent head retention. Decent lacing.

S: Big pine and resinous hops. Quite a bit of char, smoke and some molasses mixed in. A little meaty in fact.

T: Pine up front with some chocolate and char. Turns smoky in the middle and into the finish with again a touch of meat. Like charred, smoky BBQ'd beef.

M: Medium bodied and a bit chalky from the smoky char, especially in the finish.

O: Roasty but on the char/smoke side of things. Mildly hoppy, not huge like a black IPA but noticeable. Helps balance the roasted malt character. A bit simple, overall but still tasty.

Nov 15, 2012

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed on jul´11. Quite black color,dark mahogany to the light. Light brown,small bubbled,froth forms a copious, lasting,thick & dense crown.Foamy rings. Floral, toasted malt,piney hop aromas,fresh mint hues. Found flavors are moderate toasted malts,hops & underlying spices,hints of cocoa & candies.But increasing hoppy flavor win the match while ABV remains well hidden.Medium body, medium carbonation.Bitter slightly watery finish.Coffee notes & resiny sensation on the aftertaste. Pretty good drinkability.Flavorful & refreshing.

Apr 13, 2012
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a three finger mocha foamy head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malt, and piney hops. Has a very nice aroma.

The taste has dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, a little bit of smokiness, and some piney hops. There is a nice combination of sweetness from the chocolate and cocoa, and bitterness from the dark roasted malt and hops. Very nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Somewhat creamy, and the alcohol is well hidden. I am not sure if this beer has truly been retired or not. If it has been retired, that is too bad, because this is truly outstanding.

Mar 25, 2012
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hwwty4 from Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one. While it has a place for a batch number, nothing is filled out. No idea on the age.

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Funkwerks globe. This beer pours a inky black with a massive 3 inch rich mahogany head that almost reminds me of a beer on nitro. Crazy. Tons of soapy lacing end up on the sides of the glass as it disappears from my glass. This is a really beautiful beer. The aroma is fairly prevalent even when its sitting 2 feet away from my nose. Rich, astringent coffee wafts to my nose from my side table. Bitter grapefruit pith mixed with dark chocolates. Underneath is just a layer of fusel booze. Honestly, if the booze wasn't so prevalent i would notch it up a couple points. Really deflates some of the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the malts. The astringent coffee is definitely the most predominant flavor. Dark chocolate with just a hint of dark fruits. Then comes the hops. Grapefruit with just a bit of light grass. I don't know if the hop flavor has diminished or the malt backbone just dominates it. Its fairly strong in the nose, but just kind of dissipates in the flavor profile. Also I think some of the bitterness gets lost on the dark chocolate/coffee malts. The mouthfeel is light and creamy finishing with just a touch of dryness. Overall its a tasty beer. It really straddles the lines of a hoppy big stout and a black IPA.

Dec 06, 2011
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falloutsnow from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No bottled on date or best before.
Poured into a tulip glass.

Beer pours a >2cm head into the glass, dark tan in color, composed of tiny bubbles that create a very soft, pillowy appearance. Head descends leaving lots of lace in its wake, which is also refreshed with swirling before each sip. 0.5cm head remains throughout entire drinking session. Body is an opaque black color with brown highlights. Overall, an exceptional looking beer.

Smelling this beer is "fun," almost like a game: sometimes it smells of rich milk chocolate and bitter roasted malt, other times I pick up pleasant pine and floral hops. This was probably much hoppier when fresh, but still, a very nice "hoppy black ale" indeed.

Taste opens on tip of tongue with malt sweetness and citrus zest. Roasted malt with slight coffee bitterness, and dark chocolate flavors arrives mid-palate. Hops quickly blend in, giving off tastes of pine forest, citrus zest, and a bit of spiciness. I also pick up hints of tobacco. The blend of roasted malt and hop flavors is quite good.

Mouthfeel is creamy from the smoothness of the body, alcohol is detectable only in the nostrils. Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with a dry finish, slightly sticky from sweetness. Body could be a bit heavier and benefit from this.

Overall, I enjoyed drinking this beer and wish it was more readily available. A very good interpretation of the black ale style.

Nov 16, 2011
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 8,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Bottled on 27/05/2010

Normally I would not review a black IPA that is this old, but the bottle says best before 2013 - I hope the brewer knows what he is talking about!

Appearance: Beautiful pour, pitch black in the glass with only the faintest of red on the edges when held to a strong back light - this is certainly the darkest black IPA I have had to date. A rough pour generates a large tan coloured head that lasts pretty well and leaves some good lace.

Smell: Good lord, there is actually still a lot of hops in the nose! This must have been a hop beast when it was fresh.
Roasted, chocolaty malt is accompanied by candied citrus peel, grapefruit zest, some pine resin and a touch of sweet grass. As the beer warms, sweet, dark toffee and a touch of dark fruit are noted.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour contains a surprising amount of hops given this bottles age. The initial flavour is dominated by sweet chocolate malt, a light roasted character and some coffee. The hop character is made up primarily of citrus zest, some grapefruit and pine resin.
The finish is pleasantly bitter and lightly drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good level of smooth carbonation. Incredibly easy to drink, I could gulp this down all day!

Overall: Dark hops is a very impressive beer - I cannot believe this bottle was almost 18 months old! I will most certainly buy this again.

Oct 24, 2011
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Deep black pour with a beautiful dark brown two finger head with decent retention and lacing. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose with lots of chocolate as well. Also getting hints of coffee, cocoa, smoke and herbal piney hops. The taste follows the nose pretty closely with the dark, roasty malts at the forefront and the hops emerging nicely as it warms. Dark chocolate, coffee, and pine round out the flavors for a really nicely balanced Black IPA. Smooth and creamy and thick and chewy at the same time with a really nice resiny, bitter hop bite on the finish. American Black Ales, or as I prefer, Black IPA's, are quickly becoming my favorite style of craft beer and this is a damn fine example of one. I'm two-for-two with Beer Here and can't wait for my next taste!

Oct 02, 2011
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dgilks from Australia

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exceptially dark brown colour with a foamy, lasting tan head.

Coffee!!! Big coffee aroma with a mild herbal note.

Fresh coffee hits up front with a bit of soft malt. The earthy hops come through later. There's also a touch of chocolate and bitterness.

Medium light body with moderate high carbonation. Crisp but soft.

Flavourful but not enough fruity hop character for a Black IPA.

Jun 29, 2011
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown, with a very small tan colored head. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: The aroma almost has a break in it, the hoppy/grass/citrus is up front and then there is almost nothing and then some roasted malt and a bit of coffee on the back end.

T: Very similar to the aroma both in flavor and in the way the beer is presented. The hops are all up front, light grass and citrus with the back end dominated by roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied and on the lower end of carbonation, leaves it with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: Not my favorite black IPA. I typically prefer the black and IPA portions to be blended more than they are here.

Jun 20, 2011
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spicelab from Australia

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with thanks to [email protected]

Darkest possible brown, slightly bronze when poured against the light. Rich coffee-coloured head, about 1.5 fingers, falls slowly until a resilient film remains.

Very fresh mint and pine, equally matched by roasty and pungent coffee, dark chocolate and bready malts. Some fruity and citrus hop notes can't quite compete with the malts but create intrigue. Just an outstanding interplay between hops and malt that fuses into something truly distinctive.

Roasty and sweet malts assert their superiority, sweet black coffee in spades. But somehow the fresh mint and pine character isn't dulled at all.

Very even, syrupy mouthfeel, with medium carbonation and a demure bitterness. A touch of prickle on the mid.

Best ABA / black IPA I've had to date. I've tended to find roasted malts overshadow hop character in this style, but the kind of menthol-esque freshness from the hops used in this don't seem to suffer. Beer Here have pulled off something special with this finely calibrated creation.

Jun 18, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a deep black color. The head was big and brown had to wait to pour out the rest. The lacing on the glass was very nice. The smell of the beer was a mix of chocolate and hops. The taste was a really nice balance of citrusy hops and heavy roasted malts. The mouthfeel was heavy and slick. Overall it's a really nice black IPA. Well worth trying.

Jun 17, 2011
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cool bottle, pours a pure black with a brown mocha head that is a finger thick but frothy.
smells mostly of a coffee based russian stout. some sweet pineyness from the hops too.
a good balance of coffee/chocolate of the stout with hoppyness in the background. rich in flavor, but not nothing overpowers the other.
mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with a great carbonation level for the beer it is. no aftertaste.
very enjoyable beer. not as thick and heavy as a true RIS, which makes this more drinkable.

May 16, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. There is some yeast or sediment floating around in the glass - kind of gross. Nice rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and pine hops. Smells very much like a porter or stout. Taste is of roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, dark malts, and a pine hop finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip more from the coffee/cocoa powder tastes than the hops. Mouthfeel is very good with a carbonation level that makes for a crisp and smooth drink. Overall, this is a good but surprising beer. This smells and tastes much more like a hoppy stout or porter than other beers in this category. I would definitely go for this one again.

May 08, 2011
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing this one with us yesterday afternoon. This one was about a year old, and most of the hops had dropped out, leaving a much more stout like beer. Poured a nice black color, with a smallish light brown head. Aromas of roast, dark fruit and coffee. On the palate, medium bodied, with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit.

May 02, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

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

Bottle at Ol Baren. From notes.

A - Pours with a one finger mocha head. Pitch black with no visible carbonation.

S - Very roasty and very hoppy. I could not really pick up more than that. Smells good and they are combined well.

T - More hop than malt in the flavour. Chocolate and pine mix together in a way I would never have been interested in trying. It is also quite fruity. Very clean finish. Tasty.

M - Sort of prickly in the finish after a medium body and medium carbonation. I liked the mouth on this with that prickly finish.

D - Quite high. A great black IPA for sure. Combines the two elements properly, balancing their strengths and letting them play off each other.

Apr 14, 2011
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