The Great Dismal Black IPA | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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199 Ratings
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The Great Dismal Black IPAThe Great Dismal Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
oconnorbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Great Dismal Black IPA, named after the wildlife refuge.
The Great Dismal Swamp, in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, once used as a part of the Intracoastal Waterway, is a dark, full bodied ale, extensively hopped both in bittering and aroma.
"Great with bold hop flavor, Dismal in color, Delicious all around" ~ 7.5% ABV 65 IBUs

Added by blackie on 11-20-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, pine, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of resin. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong roasted malt, hint of alcohol, hint of grass, pine, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of resin. Overall, good appearance and better blend than most Black Ales, but also a little more subtle of body.

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Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vwbus7
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional Black IPA

On draft at The Point in Buxton Nc

Liked it so much we got a 5gal keg
I'm thinking this is more in 8.5 abv range.
It hits pretty hard but that's just me.

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Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very black to opaque. Pale tan head, creamy and long lasting

Slightly sweet and slightly earthy. Smells weird. Slight roast character.

Dark malt sweetness with a good bit of roast in flavor. Some big earthy hop flavors as well. Nice soft bitterness. Some ashtray in the finish...unpleasant.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency, a bit of alcoholic warming.

Much more dark roast than hop character in my view. A little too roasty. Hop choice might not be best.

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Photo of robebo44
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Segelstrom
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of luke12345
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent aroma of hops, light fruit, malt, and some coffee.

T: Tasted of light tropical fruit notes (mango, in particular), a bit of coffee, a fair amount of hops, roasted malt, a hint of citrus (grapefruit, it would seem), and light chocolate as well. An interesting flavor for the style, with a maltier backbone than most. Not bad.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry, almost chalky, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid beer for the most part. Definitely easy to drink and likable.

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Photo of myblais
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmjivi221
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T-34-85
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark malty presence in both the taste and the nose. Not as bitter as most black IPA's but I found that to be a positive surprise (may not qualify as too much of an "IPA" though, based on the sample I tried).

Overall I liked this brew and would have it again.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of memphisjet
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. Thanks Will for bringing this back for me.

Very dark color with an off white head that holds up decently-smells of dark roast malt, hops and a kiss of anise. Taste follows the nose. Simple but works. Quite balanced and the moderate carbonation yields a soft, drinkable beer. I would have this again and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of ccanterbury
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of seanchai
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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