Black Malts & Body Salts
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #11
Ranked #3,752
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Mar 13, 2021
Sep 14, 2013
Black Malts & Body SaltsBlack Malts & Body Salts
Notes: While abstaining from being schizophrenic, this beer is everything. IIPA, Coffee Beer, Stout. Expect the best put together in the toughest balance between hops, coffee, light malts and dark malts.

A Black Imperial IPA brewed with black malts, body salts and french press coffee.
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Photo of misteil
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by misteil from Ireland

another short review, starting to think i’m just not a fan of black ipa, there are nice flavours in this beer for sure, lot of coffee and chocolate, really boozy, full bodied, some nice floral and bitter hop flavours, but i still find it just a little jarring, the balance of the malt and the hops doesn’t appeal to me too much, although it doesn’t taste bad by any means

Mar 13, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a very deep, dark brown coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, coffe and lighter resinous, citrus hops and hints of licorice and leather. Taste is a great balance of quite roasted malt and bitter, slightly resinous, citrussy hops, with some chocolate, coffee and licorice standing out particularly, as well as lighter ash, tobacco leather, grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a very strong bitterness and some chocolate, coffee, licorice and grapefruit lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

I would just love to know how old this is exactly, as I cannot find any kind of date on the bottle, but I suspect that it's a bit older than it ideally should be, as the balance seems to have shifted towards the malts just a little here. Even so, there's still a considerable bitterness to this, which perhaps shouldn't be that surprising for a 120 IBU brew, while the citrus and pine notes seem to be struggling against the roasted, chocolate malts just a bit by now. Nevertheless, this still makes for an excellent, uncompromising Black IPA that's incredibly roasted and bitter, almost peaty, with burnt ash and tobacco accents and strong chocolate and coffee notes, as well as just enough citrus and pine to keep things interesting. Even though this is probably slightly past its prime, there's still a great balance left in this, which is impressive, although I would have loved to taste it really fresh, with those pine resins coming through more intensely. Fantastic body and mouthfeel to this as well and while the ABV is noticeable, it never feels too boozy. Score has been adjusted slightly upward to make up for its age, although I highly suspect that I would rate this even higher fresh.

Feb 09, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.9%. Black colour, large and creamy tan head. Strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and fruity and piney American hops, hints of chocolate and liquorice. Warming and smooth mouthfeel. The medium sweet flavour has the same elements as the aroma - powerful, distinctive and smooth at the same time. Roasty aftertaste with coffee and bittering hops.

Jan 05, 2021
4.1 by Dazka from Italy on Dec 11, 2020
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on May 26, 2020
4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia on Feb 13, 2019
4.29 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Oct 04, 2018
3.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Jul 05, 2018
Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

Danish brewers strike again! It’s a beautiful beer, jet black with a generous, tall, dark tan head. I think this is the only brewing (?), so it’s been in the bottle for quite a while, which seems to have mellowed and blended the flavors. Balanced bitterness, strong coffee and dark malts, and, yes, a trace of saltiness. Long, dry finish. Expensive, but worth it.

Mar 22, 2018
4.33 by Robertas from Lithuania on Feb 17, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by NilocRellim from Minnesota

Very dark mohagany brown brown, almost black. Sticky pitted tree fruit nose. Dates, raisins, dried black cherries, boozy, roasty notes. Tastes smooth amd boozy, dry body and finish overall. Juicy dense sticky fruit flavors, semi bitter burnt malt toasted notes that linger.

Jan 25, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Dzu from Russian Federation

Poured from bottle into teku.
L: pitch black and weak foam head.
S: chocolates, coffee.
T: interesting taste.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: great one.

Dec 22, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a thin khaki head with nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, a hint of cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a light char, grassy and mildly citrus hops, drip coffee, mild baker's chocolate. Finishes with dark malt, char and somewhat bland grassy hops. Medium bodied with slight creaminess, but good sharp carbonation. A nice black IPA, with pleasant dark base malt, good char and coffee flavors. The hops seem a bit tired, and they might be; this undated bottle doesn't appear that old, but leaves a little trepidation because both hops and coffee do not do well with the passage of time. This is quite drinkable, but unexciting hops although the coffee does seem be full flavored. I liked this and would have it again, but frankly, for the price point I would not invest this much again without knowing the age of the bottle. Just the shipment from Europe takes an unacceptable amount of time for hops and add to it the unknown time in storage and it makes an otherwise very appealing looking beer seem like a gamble. This is a sadly rare style that I like a lot and wish was available more often. Gets a very good, but not great rating until I can try one I know is fresh.

Dec 14, 2017
4.24 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Dec 09, 2017
4.17 by nwhittin from Indiana on Nov 13, 2017
Photo of Bombelsky
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bombelsky from Poland

Some fruity hops upfront. Coffee. Some flowers. Bit of cabbage aroma. Malty, medium sweet flavor. Some soft, hoppy flavors. Medium body. Oily, velvety. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Beer in general dominated by roasted coffee malty notes with some hoppy hints.

Oct 21, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mwilbur from Minnesota

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with 2-3 inch dark mocha head that is thick and frothy with excellent retention.
S: Pine and citrus hops, light roast coffee, dry chocolate, and hints of dark caramel malt and anise.
T: Herbal (mint), pine, and citrus hops quickly followed by medium roast coffee, dry baker's chocolate, charred wood, earthy minerals, super dark malt, and hints of sweet tobacco and molasses with warming. As it warms even more, dark dried fruit barely emerges.
M: Medium body. Hop astringency and darkly bitter coffee dominate over the sweeter malt notes (allow this to warm for better balance here). Excellent lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: Allow this one to warm a bit which brings the sweeter notes forward to better balance the bitter notes. This one has excellent complexity...a good thinker. This one definitely grew on me. I think it would be best to drink this relatively fresh so as to not lose to much of the hop profile.

Oct 17, 2017
4.21 by Giggy from Michigan on Sep 09, 2017
4.48 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on Sep 09, 2017
4.18 by mschrei from Illinois on Sep 08, 2017
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEER88 from Washington

Not bad at all.

Sep 05, 2017
4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Sep 04, 2017
3.91 by sendbeer from Georgia on Aug 20, 2017
Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured from a 750 into a snifter. Clear dark brown color with a very large and thick tan head. Interesting mixture of aromas: coffee up front, followed by roasted malt, and then a quick transition to grapefruit and floral notes. Same with the taste, just amped up significantly: a brief rush of chocolate/coffee/roasty malt quickly overcome by huge, bitter grapefruit rind. The coffee stays in the back as a nice malt backbone. Full-bodied but not too sweet on the finish. Slight boozy warmth.

Aug 18, 2017
3.79 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jul 21, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Dense, creamy, light tan head sitting atop an opaque, dark hued body. Dark, roasted grain scents imbued with a berry-like sweetness. Charred grain flavors; coffee notes; mocha; bitter. Heavy body; rich and velvety with a dry, somewhat astringent quality.

Rich, semi-sweet, with a nicely balanced bitterness sums up this beer. It delivers a nice alcohol kick behind its roasted bite. Well-done...

Mar 27, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin collar of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass that left lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of licorice, dark malts, and cold brew coffee are present in teh nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and tastes like a Black IPA with the dark roasted malts, but doesn't really have any bitterness, except the light amount that is imparted by the coffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very interesting beer and is kind of like a hybrid between a Black IPA and a stout or porter. It hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 12, 2017
3.59 by Bandi from New York on Mar 11, 2017
4 by MonkeyBread from Nevada on Dec 23, 2016
4.39 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Dec 12, 2016
Photo of Everydayoff
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Everydayoff from Thailand

330ml bottle poured into a sniffer.

Black as night as a showcase, it tops with thick frothy tan head that holds very good strength to withstand with great retention before slowly subsiding to a thin layer of eternal foamy crown along with plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot along the way down.

Black coffee, cocoa, creamy chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, licorice, and slight vanilla, hop with citrus, pine, and resin, it is very aromatic coffee overall in a nose.

Perfectly balance by all the characters, malt with roasted, cocoa, creamy chocolate, black coffee with some astringency, biscuit, licorice, vanilla, and charred notes while hop with notes of pine, resin, and citrus. The end is dry bitterness covering through the taste buds together with a note of coffee.

The body is rather full with proper amount of carbonation to generate some lively crisp through the palate, pleasantly dry finish.

This beer is truly a kill for both coffee and hop heads. It is rich in both coffee and hop while not forsaking the balance of malt, complex but not too overwhelming yet alcohol is deceivingly hidden making it very good sipping brew.

Dec 11, 2016
3.5 by Jerk_Store from Canada (QC) on Dec 10, 2016
4.36 by BigTrubble from North Carolina on Nov 26, 2016
3 by ohiobeer29 from Ohio on Oct 28, 2016
Photo of Bluecrow
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

This dark pour (in a dark room) is very finely carbonated. Thin lace rings mark each sip. The aroma is dark chocolate and espresso and matches the flavors. There is a bitty hop bite too. This is a rich a chocolate profile as I have ever had and with minimal sweetness. -special!

Oct 17, 2016
4.3 by DispyDnb from England on Oct 14, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by T-34-85 from New York

Consumed on tap in a snifter glass

Obsidian black color with a light tan/off-white, 1-finger head that dissipates relatively quickly to a thin lacing.

S: Roasty dark malt aroma with a note of coffee present.

T: An assertive, yet pleasantly well balanced taste of rich, hearty, dark malts with a kick of coffee and hop bitterness. A mild but clearly present booziness that belies the high ABV of this brew, and which pairs well with the assertiveness blend of flavors.

F: Good level of carbonation and a smooth thick body that matches well with the ethos of the beer.

Overall - Excellent beer that is hearty, yet balanced. I would definitely have this beer again.

Oct 01, 2016
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours black with a full brown head.

Smell: There are aromas of coffee, citrus, and roast.

Taste: The flavor combination leans towards citrus and floral elements with a strong backbone of coffee and roast.

Feel: It has a medium body with a high bitter finish. There is a slight alcohol warming. It also has a slight creaminess to it.

Overall, it is slightly balanced towards the hops, but complex flavors of the malts shine as well.

Sep 25, 2016
4.06 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Sep 15, 2016
3.73 by braican from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2016
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