Black Malts And Body Salts
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American Black Ale
Ranked #16
Ranked #2,527
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Dzu
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of T-34-85
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of hman43
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a goblet a deep mahogany with thick creamy deep beige head atop that settles very slowly.Pine resin really sticks out in the nose alone with earthy roast,quite dry.The palate is hop driven up front with pine and earth with not a big sweet malt base more roasted with lighter bitter chocolate,and some caramel sweetness.Not always a fan of the style but this is very nice and the mouthfeel is great wich makes the flavors more appealing.Great beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter. Nice brown head with beautiful lacing. Woodsy chocolate smell. Earthy coffee and chocolate taste with lemon. A multi- faceted beer that I very much enjoyed, a subtle blending of flavors. A great beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Creamy frothing two finger light tan colored head. Settling like a light coffee vanilla scoop of ice cream on my glass. Thin bubbled, with a light top but some nice staying power, and a very attractive puck. Body color gives a simple dark walnut brown, not quite black and very opaque.

Muted nose for an aroma. Soft malts and hits of char, maybe a bit of black licorice squeaking in. Coffee angle is not that noticeable, some nice fruit tones come in, hinting towards red berried dark fruit but very small. The subtlety is actually nice, but I feel like I should expect more.

Palate luckily brings more of the goods. Lots of deep dark roasted malts on first sips. A near velvety mouthfeel that fills the palate with lots of char and dark chocolate roasty character. Mild sweetness almost milky but not exactly, with a nice mild sensing chewy hop angle, mild sensing mint and chocolate that balances wonderfully. Silky minty aftertaste, lingering senses of after dinner mint breath.

A real nice brew, hints at some excellent minty hop character and chocolate without all the added extras. Wonderfully put together, just needs the aroma on the nose to get the home run.

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Photo of Martine
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard great things about To Øl so looking forward to this beer. It pours opaque black/brown into a tulip, and gives a herculean head of four finger high expresso foam. The bubbles are close and creamy giving it the appearance of honeycomb in a glass. Lacing is abundant and chunky.

The aroma is an oddball but at the same time so right. It's like chocolate covered kiwis with a backbone of bitter coffee and hops, a wonderful hybrid of the dark and malty with the fresh, tropical citrus. There's a bit more emphasis on the dark than the light, but it's matterless when it comes together as well as this.

F*** me sideways this is a nice tasting beer. A black DIPA which goes to the roasted malt more than the fruit, but I am not complaining. The flavour is a symposium of sweet roasted cocoa and expresso, charred grain, stewed dark fruits, and a mountain of aromatic hops which give it a crisp zing amidst the black abyss of flavours. There is some citrus in there on the after, as well as a floral quality which comes in dribs and drabs to keep things balanced, sweet, and different. All in all, this is a marriage made in hell and it's great.

In the mouth it feels medium-full bodied, tangy, and oily. It's a mouth-coating yet zingy concoction which seems to tip both sides of the scales at the same time. The carbonation makes it lively but the malt gives it a gooeyness which will please the stout brigade something fierce. You can also tell me until you're blue in the face that this is 9.90% ABV but I still won't believe you.

I've partaken in the Wookey Jack and now I've had this, and I've got to say I'm leaning towards this because: Yin and Yang. It's refreshing, and yet something to be savoured all at once. It should be light but it meanders down to the stomach like liquid lead. This beer is my spirit animal: stop reading, and just go buy it.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm having this beer just after having a PseudoSue, which I loved, and don't love it less.
It's pitch black with a fat beige head with only a lacing remaining. The smell grow on you as it warms up. It's roasted, coffee, herbal notes and a bit of citrus. Citrusy and piney in the taste, the light coffee appears more and more at each sip. The bitterness is perfect. The mouthfeel is soft with a certain coffee smoothness. Overall it's a fantastic beer. My favorite black IPA so far. I'd never imagine coffee and ipa-like would go so well together. A must try and world class beer. I like it better cold but it's great to see the taste evolve as it warms up

Less exciting on a new try-out, another batch.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance Thin black to brown body with a heavy thick tan head rising at least two finger's length and super stick lacing.

Smell: Light hops and hints of coffee.

Taste: Super amplified espresso with hardcore malts and notes of floral feel. You feel sweet ness of grapefruit and the coffee are no joke.

Mouth: Super sticky, takes your palates to another level, malts hover you mouth cheeks with

Overall: Very good brew, honestly one of the best black IPAs I have ever had. The coffee helped and seriously added character to the brew which is a hybrid of a coffee stout and an imperial IPA. If you see it buy will list trust me. Salud!

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Photo of Hallu
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undoubtedly the best Black IPA I've ever tasted. Most black IPAs have too much hops, not enough toasty/coffee character. This one is very clear and direct : the nose is pure hops, more on the fruity side. The taste is then 100 % coffee porter, before the final comes back rushing with the hops. But unlike most black IPAs where the fruits from the hops and the toasty character feel like they don't belong together, here they do. They're both as powerful as each other, and keep trading punches. I didn't even realize it was 10 % ABV. If you think most black IPAs aren't toasty enough, then this one is for you.

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Photo of ccrida
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip, BM&BS is cola black with a tan head leaving loose, big-bubbled scattered lace.

Smell is herbal hops, a little over-ripe wet grass, with some acrid coffee grinds. Sweetness of the malt creeps out as it warms.

Taste is very acrid, bitter and salty, with a the sour veggie hop note. Interesting. Surprisingly well integrated for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and full, oats me think.

Drinkability is pretty good, very interesting take on the big black IPA, and more importantly IMHO, drinkable. The Prof never fails, even though they resisted the brett.

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Photo of woomThomas
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The foam is growing nicely and you can see how everything is built up from the ground and becomes a nice beige / brown foam crown with small & medium bubbles. The beer is a dark brown color that is almost black. The beer has a sharp smell of roasted coffee and hops tones. There are even some tropical fruits, grapefruit, citrus, etc. The tones of caramel malt, saltine crackers, rye bread. Many lovely aromas of balanced enjoyment. Starting with a strong small bitter espresso coffee with notes of milk chocolate. Then follow the bee little lemon and grapefruit which again goes into a roasted coffee flavor. The beer feels grassy and earthy. The aftertaste is a little dark chocolate tone with a bit of dark berries and brown sugar before the end with bitter roasted coffee again. Awesome lovely balance and aftertaste takes just over before it becomes too much and instead elicits the desire to enjoy more.

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Photo of Johnct
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting black ale. Lots of coffee and schwartziness. Don't taste the hops but you taste their bitterness. Interesting to see a black all this bitter and with a strong coffee finish

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Photo of stevoj
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Pours out black, really black, with abundant head, which quickly shrinks down to a creamy skin. Mildly chocolate aroma, accents of roast grains, followed by a rich, robust roast flavor. Hints of coffee lurk in the background. Silky smooth texture, gentle bitterness round out this near perfect brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral coffee notes with some dry grassy bitter notes, some light citrusy hoppy notes with subtle salt notes. Taste is also a complex mix between some dry roasted malt notes, citrusy hops with some floral coffee notes and light salty finish. Body is full with good creamy texture with good carbonation. I was apprehending a total mess considering the different flavours but the overall flavours have been well integrated.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 186 ratings