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

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193 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:
193
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 57
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

Photo of Nolynylon
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brocktune
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoodDog
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, murky. Like swamp water looks black but is really brown. There is a foamy tan head that melts off leaving just a ring and a few bubbles on the surface. The aroma is a little light but has some nice tropical fruit notes. The taste is more malt forward, with much more emphasis on the dark roasted notes a just a hint of earthy hops to balance it. As it opens up, a little pine hops start to show up on the finish. The body is lighter feeling with a little carbonated tingle.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark amber color with reddish hue and thin off white head and good lacing. Aromas were feint. Slightly dry feel with medium hop and lingering bitter, but not very much in the way of outside flavor. A fairly standard Black IPA. Good, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

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The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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