Long Black Veil
Port City Brewing

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American Black Ale
Ranked #118
Ranked #12,208
3.97 | pDev: 8.31%
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Notes: Black IPA | IBU: 65

Inspired by the local legend of the Female Stranger, Long Black Veil is jet black with a tan head. Piney, citrusy hops burst from the inky depths to mingle with notes of coffee and dark chocolate.
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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku glass

Look: Pours an incredibly dark brown, bordering black, minimal lightening around the edges to a color closer to cola when held to light. Thin tan head fades to a soapy ring, leaving some spotty lacing behind.
Smell: Light chocolate and roasted malt, A little bit of citrus on the end lightens up the darker aromas. A rather muted nose.
Taste: Much more robust but largely follows the smell. A good backbone of chocolaty, roast malt supports lighter notes of grapefruit and orange with a nice bitter earthiness throughout.
Feel: Medium body, relatively light but persistent carbonation. Very dry finish.
Overall: Excellent Black IPA, great seasonal release. Balance is just right!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle 12/20:
Pours nice and dark, befitting the black IPA moniker. The head is a rich-looking medium tan that leaves a little less lacing than initially expected.

Nose leans on the near charred nature of the malts, with a little bit of floral hops and a dash of pine spiciness. The taste is a little more balanced, with a chocolatey malt note countered by a mix of char and pine bitterness. The chocolate morphs from a bitter dark chocolate to a more dark cocoa as the beer rolls over the tongue and a smooth feel comes about. There is a note that lightens the flavors a tad. It's hard to pin down but some mix of orange or sweet grapefruit comes to mind.

For an IPA, the hops don't drive the train here, but share the stage with the dark malts. The fairly bold malt flavor may be to blame, but the 65 IBUs don't tear at your tongue. Even though the malt flavor is a big player, the beer is fairly dry, and that may be the key to my enjoyment of this balanced Cascadian dark ale.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 7.5% ABV black IPA that I poured chilled into a pint glass.

Look-dark brown color like a cola with a brown thin head and sparse drooping lacing.

Smell-cocoa bean powder and citrus. I smell guava, mango, and pineapple alongside dark chocolate and cocoa beans.

Taste-It tastes of grassy hops and citrus fruits as well as tropical fruits like guava, mango, and pineapple. I get vanilla beans, faint pine, and orange. It finishes with a cocoa malt flavor on the tongue and a citrus bite in the back. It is on the light side of medium-bodied. A mild bite from the alcohol mingles with the mild carbonation in the end.

Overall-It has a refreshingly unique flavor and a clean and wet finish. It is well-balanced between the grassy hops and cocoa malts. The citrus and tropical fruits seem well-placed and purposeful. Delicious beer!

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Photo of paging12
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, rich, black brown. Tan brown head dissipating into a lacing on the glass. Yeasty head on the surface layer.
Wonderful resin aroma.
Definitely an IPA, maybe even an imperial. No hints of malt sweetness or toffee indicating porter or the like. A lot of citrusy hops. Resiny. Alcohol lacing.
Medium mouthfeel. Soft sparkle on the tongue.
A big IPA. Good. Would have liked a touch more malty sweetness.

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Photo of EMH73
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that left no lacing. Smell is mold with citrus and roasted malts. Tastes is citrus forward with grapefruit and a bit of pith, roasted malts and a mild nuttiness. Light bodied and carbonated, moderate bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled December 21st 2018.

Rich and lathery top, full on cascading tan colored bubbles, that are so very fine and voluminous. Big fistfull rocking head with a good creamy top. Body is a big dark shiny obsidian like red color and beaming.

Soft chocolate, and cocoa mixing with a mild hop presence. Soft touches of minor citrus orange and a faint pine. Very creamy sensing as well with some vanilla touches.

Palate hits all the right buttons. Big mixing touch of hop citrus and roasty malt. Finishes with excellent bitter chocolate and zesty oils of orange and resin. More flavors of dark cocoa and milky coffee even manage to pop on this expressive palate. Touches a good pine finish with toasty dark chocolate and playful mouthfeel.

A real expressive black IPA, and extremely tasty. Gone in seconds, and I need more.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown as you'd expect with a smallish head and no lace. There's very little going on with the nose here...not much in the way of hops or roasted character. Just the lightest bit of toasted grain and a tiny bit of fruitiness. Flavor is a little better than the nose at least. Medium bitterness that comes through stronger into the finish. Some piney hop flavor and roast, but nothing to get excited about. Mouthfeel is light but has some silkiness. Overall, just so-so.

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Photo of whitetale
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a crowler purchased last January. My opinion, crowlers are a great way to preserve seasonal and/or good beer when you find it.
Pours dark, almost black with a tan head that lasts throughout with good lacing.
Aroma is mild roast with a slight citrus note.
Taste is roast with some hop character.
Mouthfeel is really silky smooth with just enough carbonation.
Overall, a good beer with good dark roast character. Have to say I like dark beers and this one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is foamy and tan. Very good looking. Beer is a nice black and opaque. Very dark looking ABA.

Smell is roast but balanced with nice citrus notes. Very good.

Taste is reverse. Balanced but with more noticeable hop notes. Roasty malts taste.

Feel is medium bodied. Carbonation is fizzy and gives a nice light and refreshing texture.

Overall good. Get it.

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Photo of almostjay
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is one ugly beer. I usually rate appearance as a 4 since I don't really care about it, but this beer had a strange, muddy look to it. That said, it's pretty damn tasty. I was surprised to see them referring to it as a CDA though.

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Photo of Wattie
4/5  rDev +0.8%

From PCB's site:

"Long Black Veil a dark beer with a lot of (hop) character. Centennial and Magnum hops contribute citrus and floral aromas and an aggressive hop flavor. The Long Black Veil is jet black in color with a crema-like head. Port City uses generous amounts of dark malt for balance alongside the hop character. The complex flavor and textures lead to a satisfying and refreshing finish.

The name of the beer was inspired by Alexandria’s famous mystery of the veiled Female Stranger, whose gravesite can be found at St. Paul’s cemetery. Made up of complex flavors and texture that lead to a satisfying and refreshing finish, the Long Black Veil Black IPA is the first production scale beer to be developed by Port City brewers Josh Center and Adam Reza, under supervision of Head Brewer Jonathan Reeves. It will be available on draft only at select restaurants and bars in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Metro New York, as well as at in Port City’s Tasting Room.

The story of the Female Stranger goes that in the summer of 1816 a trade-ship arrived in the port of Alexandria from the West Indies. On board were a British man and his wife who had fallen ill from typhoid fever. She wore a thick veil to conceal her identity. Despite the August heat, she never removed the veil as her worried husband carried her through the streets of Alexandria. The couple moved into Room 8 at Gadsby’s Tavern, and for two months, her husband never left her bedside. She died in her husband’s arms on October 14th, and the identity of this veiled “Female Stranger” was never revealed. Some theorists think the veiled woman was none other than Napoleon Bonaparte in drag, smuggled out of exile, while others suspect it was Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr. "

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Long Black Veil from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 67 ratings