Rising Tide Brewing Company

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American Black Ale
Ranked #164
Ranked #14,051
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Whether you are celebrating lost cities under the sea or shooting for low Earth orbit, take Atlantis along for the ride. We use a special blend of dark malts and add Galaxy, Cascade, and Calypso hops to create this smooth and hoppy black ale with just a whisper of cherry-wood smoke. We think Poseidon would approve.
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a beautiful dark brown and left the same color body. A nice half inch tan head formed and slowly died into the body leaving spider web foamy lacing. The smell had the hops up front with a touch of roasted maltiness in the background. The taste brought back the roasted malts and added a bit of hops. Some coffee and chocolate rounded out the taste. The palate was smooth and felt great all around. Overall, this is a very nice hoppy black ale that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of illpass78
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. on draft at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a pretty much black with a short crown of foam. Looks somewhat mahogany as the drink goes on.

Aroma: Dark malts and a whiff of smoke. Some faint pine-type prickliness.

Taste: Citrus bite behind dark malts. Good mix of spicy hops and malty backbone. Not quite IPA-like, not quite porter-like. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate for a flavorful ale. Unlike a lot of "black ales," it doesn't feel like somebody botched a porter or an IPA; it's its own entity.

Overall: Good stuff. For fans of people who think black ales are weird; it might convert you.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped Batch 187. Sampled on July 17, 2014.

The pour is jet black with a huge soft, foamy tan head that settles back after several minutes. Opaque.

The aromas are vibrant with earthy and floral hops dark roasted malts, molasses, and even a whiff of smoke.

The body is medium to full.

The taste emphasizes the hop character before anything else but those sweet dark malts balance it out wonderfully.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large beige head that settles slowly to a lasting dome. Plenty of spotty and chunky lace. The color is near black where light shines along the edge.

The nose is lightly sweet with chocolate-like aromas. There's a notable, but subtle hop presence. Some yeast. Overall, quite a complex smell and appealing.

Spicy hop and black patent malt flavors up front. The flavor doesn't change much from initial sip to aftertaste. It leans toward the bitter. Long aftertaste. Below average body with a lower level of carbonation.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours clear and black, like the black opal in an old woman's brooch. Three inches of lush, creamy looking tan head is cratered like the moon and shows excellent retention. A thin layer of lacing coats the whole glass in a delicate cloth-like texture. This is one of the more aesthetically pleasing beers I've poured lately.

S: Sooty and smoky on the nose with a hint of campfire. Subtle aromas of french roast and baker's chocolate in the background. Hops are green, oily, and leafy with flashes of citrus. The nose is good, though it is a bit muted and perhaps a little too malt-driven for what I have come to expect from the style.

T: Citrusy and mildly bitter hop tastes tickle the tip of the tongue as a thick blanket of sooty malt envelops the palate. The hops cut through again on the mid-palate with tastes of orange marmalade and leafy, oily green flavors. Malt dominates on the back end, transitioning from tastes of soot and charcoal to hints of campfire and jerky with some bitter black coffee, bakers chocolate, and roasted barley popping up in between. Finishes with soot and smoke and a leafy, oily bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, very lush, creamy, and airy in the mouth. It sits very lightly on the palate. Velvety and smooth in texture. A modest level of carbonation accentuates the mouthfeel subtly, and it is perfect in that role. This is a great mouthfeel.

O: Many of the American Black Ales I've had to date have let the hops take center stage, and taste like either an overly-hopped porter or a sooty IPA. This beer feels as though it has taken a nice citrusy and leafy hop profile and wrapped a blanket of sooty, smoky malt tightly around it. The smoked malts also add something unique, and just when I thought the campfire and smoke would get to be too much, it backed off and faded into the background. The combination of dark malts, smoked malts, and hops was initially a bit odd, but it grew on me as I drank my way through the beer. It's a bit of an oddball, but I did enjoy Atlantis and I plan on bringing a bottle with me to my next beer engagement. It's a good conversation starter.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh growler that I picked up from the brewery less than 2 hours ago.

The beer is an opaque black liquid with a nice tan foam head. As it recedes, plenty of great lacing is left behind.

The beer has a nice hoppy aroma, with a good amount of toasted malts as well. Pine and citrus aromas are the strongest, but a toasted sweetness can also be detected.

The toasted malts and bitter hops work really well together in Atlantis. Mild bitterness and sweetness are what I taste first, but as I swallow, the flavors become stronger and more defined.

The beer has a medium body and average carbonation. The coating is light but has a good amount of toasted malt and bitter flavors.

I like this beer. This isn't always my favorite style of beer, but Atlantis is a really drinkable IPA. A lot of the time, I drink this style and wish I was drinking a traditional IPA, but not tonight. I'm only disappointed it has taken me so long to try this beer.

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Photo of BobZ
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown with a voluminous frothy head that builds to about 3” and still only recedes to about 1 ½” to 1”. This nice light tan head is accompanied by lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Spicy hops, right up front and dominant with some roasted malt aromas lurking far beneath.

Taste: Just like the smell spicy citrus hops over a roasted malt base. The flavors from the roast are somewhat subdued, not much coffee or chocolate comes through; however, this is not a bad thing as the roast flavors do mingle well with the hoppiness to make this an enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very well carbonated with a clean finish.

Overall: Very good example of the style but to be honest it’s not a style that I’m a huge fan of. The greater point is that Rising Tide is making some very good beers and I can’t wait to see where they go next!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle
A: deep dark color, some haze but near opaque, great tan head that kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: deep roasted malt with earthy hoppiness
T: very well balanced with deep roasted malt balanced by good earthy hops
M: creamy, very drinkable

Highly commendable for ABV.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy darker colored 2 finger head that fades fairly slowly with tons of lacing all over the place, over very dark colored beer, almost black with the slightest hint of brown light sneaking through the thin edges.

Nose has a nice porter like aroma to start, with a light biscuit malt, caramel, toasted almonds, a hint of black patent and touch of chocolate. Then earthy hops underneath, light candied citrus hop and a bit earthy herbal. A faint mocha coffee comes through with more caramel as it warms.

Taste starts with more porter flavors, dark malts with hint of black patent and chocolate, some oats and a light smoked malt with a hint of smoked meat like, slightly creamy and smooth, rich, plenty of caramel and hint of toasted biscuit malt flavor. Then earthy hops again, with a touch of citrus rind but not much, and some chewy slightly spicy hops. It finishes quite bitter as it dries and the bitterness ramps, light spicy earthy hop base, and a hint of caramel and toasted black malts.

Mouth is fuller to med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts, nice overall flavors, with the nice hint of smoke, although the hops are very cliche and a bit blase, and a long quite bitter finish adds a nice touch. Although there aren't any acrid burnt roasty flavors, and quite drinkable, so a nice beer overall.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is a very dark almost black coloring with a thick, frothy, dense, foamy off-white head that settles into a solid half an inch. Aromas are smokey and malty, with a chocolate and coffee blending along the nose. Flavors are roasted and smooth on a light body, with a bitterness from the coffee flavors at the end. The smokiness throughout almost masks the subtle sweetness of dark chocolate and toffee in the mid-tongue. Very smooth and well blended, and very tasty. The bitter aftertaste has hints of smoke throughout, as well as some campfire meat qualities. Clean, slick finish with some of the charcoal character lingering behind. Tasty brew, and easy to drink. Light enough to go with just about anything, but the flavors are strong enough to really impart some characteristics on what you are eating. Solid.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy frothy 2 finger tan head leaving good lacing down the glass.

A little bit of floral and citrus hop character along with some roasted malts, but the nose is somewhat bland.

A little bit of light floral hoppiness up front. A bit of roasted malt in the middle and finishes with a bitter combo of pine hops and coffee. Mildly astringent on the aftertaste, but more from the flavor combo, not anything wrong with the beer.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels. Pretty solid.

All in all an enjoyable beer from a style I'm not always wild about. I think it's falls a bit closer to a traditional porter than most black ales. Good texture and not terribly complex flavors, but they work.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Hollie for this one.

Pours a beige head. Leaves sticky lace. Color is near black.

Aroma: A lot of citrus flavors. Mainly oranges. Smokey and roasty. Floral and earthy hops. Chocolate.

Taste: Cherry wood smoke shows with a lot of orange citrus. Floral and grassy. Roasty with chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted and sticky.

Overall, a unique beer, but I wasn't a big fan of this one. Somewhat drinkable, but too much smoke and roast mixed in with all the citrus flavors. I thought this tasted like a black ipa.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some crazy lacing on the glass. Pitch black with o signs of carbonation.

Smell: nice roasted, mocha, and smokey aromas. Citrus and grapefruit in the nose too.

Taste: roasted and chocalately malts, smoke, citrus notes, and some ash. Lingering bitterness from the hops too.

Mouthfeel: creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, and easy to drink.

Overall: I was pleasanty surprised about this beer. Very tasty and the smoke was about just right. Pretty nice at 5.3% too. I can't wait to check out the brewery when it moves to the other side of Portland.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost pitch black with 2 fingers worth of tan head that leaves some nice lacing with good retention

S: Dark roasty malts and hops all co-mingle. Some coffee comes from the malts, while the hops are mostly citrusy with some floral notes as well. Grapefruit stands out the most in the citrus aspect

T: The malts shine more here than in the nose, with nice roasty coffee notes predominantly. Again, the hops are mostly citrusy and not too bitter. Everything balances out nicely, and finishes with some smoke and light bitterness from both the coffee flavor and hops

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick

O: A fine example of the style, it's fairly simplistic as far as black ales go, but it certainly is much too easy to drink because of that fact. On the low end of the abv scale for the style, which also adds to the extreme drinkability of this one. Very enjoyable. Wish Rising Tide had 6 packs of their beer and not only bombers, but I don't mind paying under $6 for a great bottle of beer regardless

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef.

Incredibly almost nitrous head forms out of the bottle, but clumps into a real sick head of light tan. Ridiculously clumpy with peaks and valleys. Extremely dark body color, dark walnut black with much red dark orb sense. Sticky crazy lacing.

Nose is a nice cherry fruit, similar to a good barleywine. Salted meats like jerky. Wooden smoke. Smells heavenly.

Mouthfeel hints at fizz a bit, but body is extremely roasty. Roast charred malts, blackened bbq sensations to mix with a bitter obvious hop angle. Smoky richness abundant, but also a little novocaine and slight band-aid. Rich coating palate, but dry medicinal slightly on the tongue unfortunately.

This is a very impressive beer, it is very unique taking in many characters of Rauchbier, Black IPA, and some porter, but it sort of ends up as just sort of solid. I am not exactly blown away by this, it's VERY good, but there's a little bit of band aid and phenol tongue action that really takes down my score. I wish that wasn't there, this beer is one step away from phenomenal.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 1stbiermeister for the bottle.

Opaque black with a fine light brown head that lasts but leaves little lacing.

Appealing nose of roasted malt, smoke and a bit of bitter cherry. The flavor is very roasty - charcoal and smoke with a medicinal quality that is intriguing but I am not sure I like it. As the beer warms, it takes on a bit of a rubbing alcohol flavor that gives it a distinct medicinal quality.

Good mouthfeel - medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

A distinctive beer that some may like.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Red Hook glass. The beer was dark brown in color with half of the glass filling with a foamy tan head. Nice head retention to it as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of smoky malts and citrus hoppiness. I love smoked beers, so I really like it but it's definitely a lot more smokey then the "whisper of smoke" the label suggested.

In the taste I get a little more of the bitter, slightly juicy hoppiness to it. In the finish I get more of a dry, burnt smokiness to coming out. I really like the way the flavors come together in it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it was a lot more smokier then I anticipated, but since I love smoked beers it was a nice surprise to me. I really liked the way the smokiness worked with the citrus hoppiness. This was a very enjoyable beer for me, but several others in the room I shared it with didn't care for the smoke.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and satisfying pour- bible black, tan frothy head that doesn't give up.. and when it finally throws in the towel it clings to the glass like it was glue!

Nose produces wafts of hops with a bit of malt thrown in.. it's not particularly up front but a mild mannered presence. Enough to make itself known.

The flavor is very stout-like. I'm in a bit of a quandary as to what exactly is a black ale-- not quite a stout but more than an ale?
There's enough in the flavor to make me call this a Stout beer-- maybe Rising tide wasn't quite sure what they'd get and covered their rears by calling it an "ale".

The only complaint I have is that while the finish is a long lasting bitterness of hops, I wish there was more body to the flavor-- OK-- there it is-- it's an Ale and not a Stout.

One thing that I think makes this brew "superior" is the lower ABV-- quite drinkable- maybe it's me-- I'm unusually sensitive to the ABV quantity but I'm enjoying a bomber bottle and not worrying about that aftermath.

Drinkability superior.

An enjoyable "stout" that I'm going to pour again!
I'd love to sample it right from the tap.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Guessing it was bottled sometime Sept/Oct 2011.

A thick, clumpy and creamy head that just won't go away. Color is black and murky. Nice.

The aroma has some floral, piney hops. Pretty mellow. Dark roasted barley comes through.

Flavor is very well-balanced. Hops are compelling but do not bruise the palate: spicy, piney and woody. The dark malt flavor is fantastic, with restrained roast and lots of smooth, smoky unctuousness. Not too bitter, yet definitely dry. I love the effervescent, natural carbonation of the mouthfeel, but it still comes off a tad thin on the palate. Unlike most American Black Ales/Black IPAs/Cascadian Dark Ales, this beer does not shred your palate.

A subtle American Black Ale, and probably the best one I've had for the style. How this particular beer differs from a hoppy American Porter, I don't know; it's simply very, very good beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown/black color, a super huge light tan head fills half the glass and fades really slowly, leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass while it settles, if there wasn't so much head this probably would have been a 5 but sometimes too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

Smell is wowsers with pine, huge piney hop aroma immediately wafts out of the bottle, light smokey hints in the nose as well.

Taste starts out strong with a pine bitterness and lingers for a good while, a roasty smoke creeps in the aftertaste, fortunately it's not overly smokey like I just had a cigarette but enough to add some complexity to the pine, carbonation is very soft yet still finishes rough.

Another solid beer from Rising Tide.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown to black body with a good inch or so of rocky khaki-colored head that dissipates rather slowly leaving some nice lacing. Smells like dark chocolate and lemongrass with hints of pine. Tastes like dark chocolate with tobacco notes with pine, lemon, and wood. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not bad overall. A little rough around the edges but solid though.

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Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for another Maine brew - 22oz bomber.

Pours dark chocolate brown with a massive three finger cream-colored head that leaves clumps of lacing on the sides. Tons of bubbles feeding a very rocky cap throughout.

Some interesting combinations of aromas in this one with some orange zest from the hops up front before the roasted chocolate malts come in. The smoke is very subtle and I'm not sure I would have been able to easily identify it without knowing it was in there.

There is a lot more chocolate in the taste than in the aroma with some slightly bitter baker's chocolate alongside some roasted black malts, almost smoky in character. The hops are present in the finish with a nice bitter citrus kick.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, very dry and roasty throughout. It might be a little too carbonated for my liking.

This is a highly drinkable black IPA or whatever we're calling it now. The carbonation is a bit distracting and I think this would be an excellent beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops.

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Photo of redleaves
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, fluffy creamy head, roasty, smoky nose. Big dark but not sweet malts, smoky, roasty and perfect velvety hops. Very floral with the cascade hops. Like a smoldering pile of flowers. Medium dry finish. Very nice and manly, not too thick not too light. Black ale's answer to double IPA. Worth the price. Rising tide has never failed me. Top shelf stuff. I would love to try this on tap sometime.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass this beer was near black in color with a thick tan head that was very sticky.

Roasted malt aroma. Both citrus and piney hops. A whiff of smoke.

Mostly an espresso coffee taste; somewhat bitter. Citrus hops giving way to a piney finish.

Nice smooth beer, not too aggressively hopped. Too many beers in this style are too piney for me. I liked this one.

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