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

The Great Dismal Black IPAThe Great Dismal Black IPA
BA SCORE
72.9%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 203 ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,533
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
203
Liked:
148
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
11.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
48
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by legalpete19340:
Photo of legalpete19340
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Came to the bar looking very dark brown, almost black with one finger of dark tan head. Laced like a champ.

S: Piney hops jump out but roasty malt is close behind. Notes of burnt bread. Has a nice bit of grapefruit and roasted seeds in the back.

T: Starts off with a smooth bit of pine and grapefruit then immediately smacked by a pine tree. The malts jump in with toasted oat bread and burnt malt. Everything ends with a strong spicy hop bite.

M: Medium with a good amount of fizz.

O: A strong performer. Impressed me. Had a nice balance of hops and malt. I could session a few of these. This is an exclamation point of a black IPA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Iamjlopez12
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with 1/2 inch head and moderate carbonation. Taste is pine, dark chocolate, and cream. Overall the beer is slightly hoppy with a medium body. Tasty and worth seeking out. This is right up there with my favorites from this brewery.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ledouge
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaminjohnson
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mjh0527
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mustangjoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of riotinmyskull
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Mazarate
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good drinkability and taste though overcarbonated. Pours fast disipitating off-whte head on black body. Roasted malt aroma. More IPA than roast in taste and that worked. Citrus hops are there and most drinkable. Worth seeking out.Thanks Radek.

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Photo of hyoung41
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of AndrewNations
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice and Dark Dark Brown. Almost black. Pours with a think white head that calms down within a few seconds of pouring. Overall, they nailed the color.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose just a faint bitterness and pine notes. Would like to get more here. Not sure if this is dry hopped but the practice does some great things for the nose. Amarillo = personal favorite.

T - One of the best representations of this style. I would like a touch more bitterness and less malt. Easier said than done but this for sure a nice beer. I think this is just a personal preference for a fairly new style and not necessarily a fault of the brewer.

M - Perfect. I like the body and the mid to low carbonation.

D - I could easily have several of these.

Serving type: on-tap / growler

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Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a big malt aroma with a hint of coffee. Appearance- This beer is dark brown to almost black, with a small beige head. Taste- Has a big hop and malt flavor, very good. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent beer.

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Photo of ebby82
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the taphouse in downtown Hampton.
Pours a very dark brown or light black into a pint glass. There is minimal head.

Aroma is of dark, roasted malts, and a definite hop presence.

Taste is primarily hoppy, but it retains the roasted malts very well.

Mouthfeel is average and the drinkability is good.

Of the black IPA's I've had, Victory's is better, but I like this one better than 21st Amendment's version. This version isn't as sweet as the latter, which is a good thing.

A good example of the type from a very small, new brewery in Norfolk. I'll be trying this again.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffy_two_times
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Outtabbq
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid black ipdea had it from bottle pours black smells of IPA and malt taste is that of a poor man's founders black rye which was a nice surprise definitely a nice black IPA worth a try

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The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72.9% out of 100 with 203 ratings
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