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

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BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
205 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:
#8,995
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
205
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
51
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of T-34-85
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of memphisjet
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of seanchai
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolynylon
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brocktune
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoodDog
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -12.3%
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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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastebeer
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice

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

Photo of Beejay
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown/black in color with a large tan head.

S: Chocolate and coffee come out first with a little bit of an earthy bitterness after.

T: Coffee with an earthy bitterness. The hops are a bit subdued at first but start to come out more in the finish.

M: Medium in body, with a fairly high carbonation.

O: Not too bad, but not astounding either.

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Photo of cdhaines
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great malt-to-hop ratio for this style

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Photo of Homebrew
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 rorjets
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 bigbutter
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uvachief
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. No bottled on date. Aggressive pint glass pour results in huge white head that lingered forever. Nice dark purple brown color. Little light filters. Smell is hops but not overpowering. Taste is hops upfront but surprisingly not bitter. Smoother than I expected. Wouldn't say exceedingly hopped. Not north of 75 ibus I would guess. Love the black cherry tea color. Head just stays forever. Taste something sweet offsetting the bitter like licorice maybe. Unique. Not gritty or sandy like a lot of black ipas. Really smooth actually. Want to say some tobacco in there as well. Interesting complex ipa. Try if you get the chance.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjs246
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried black IPAs over and over and am almost always disappointed. This was a pleasant surprise. Very tastes with an almost porter like malt. Lots of hops balanced nicely. Really good.

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The Great Dismal Black IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 205 ratings
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