Midnight Madness | NoDa Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by thagr81us on 02-05-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 45
Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Pours a dark brown, with some clarity at edges, but dark enough that you cannot tell without holding to light. Head ends up spotty I the surface (let the beer sit, full disclosure), but there is lacing. Nose is a nice balance of bitter, "greenness" from hops and a chocolatey roasted note from the grain.

Taste follows that nose, starting with unsweetened chocolate notes, maybe a bit of flavored coffee beans. The hops are floral, again a generic "green", meadow, maybe a bit grass (and maybe, just maybe, a slight hint of citrus). Feel is balanced, a tad under-carbonated by the time of it around to it. Body is medium - nicely so.

I enjoyed this beer for its balance. Black IPAs and porters, to me, are very similar, and this one is just in the correct side of the line for the style it claims to be. Well done!

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Photo of Terp96
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Had on draft. Very dark with dark tan colored head. Hoppy and roasted flavored in the nose. Tastes great. Strong roasted malt backbone but very floral, piney flavors. Well balanced. A great Black IPA.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There are only six other reviews previously and all accurate. If I get a chance at a bar, I will combo 1/3 Noda Coco Loco and 2/3 Hop Drop and Roll. This beer comes very close to that maybe with a tad bit less hops but a still good bite at the end. Surprisingly little foam from tap at Big Bens in Charlitte. A little swirl brings back the foam with a nice coffee malty smell. Clean dark look leads to an artistic malt hop mix, a little more malt in the front but more hoppy bite at the end. Smooth and levels off more of a clean taste rather than too robust.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

dark brown/black color with a half inch beige head. smell is extremely roasty...not much hop presence. taste is quite malty and a bit too smoky. not much hop presence again. but good. mild body...mild carbonation.

overall good. not on par with their other ipas but this is a tough style to pull off.

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Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ NoDa

Dark brown to black color with a creamy covering. Smells of pine, Christmas trees, and minty hop greenness, subtle charred roasted malt, and general dankness. A blend of pine & roastiness in the mouth...chocolate and citrus rind. Not a tremendous amount of flavor from the hops, but they blend well with the malts so that nothing stands out in particular (in a good way). Everything just works together and the results are pretty satisfying. Medium bodied and bitter, but not overly aggressive. Solid stuff here.

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Photo of farrago
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid finger plus of light tan foam, good mixture of all bubble sizes and excellent retention, barely moves even as a few dimples form, the lacing forms broad streaks which then slowly slide downwards in a solid sheet. Opaque, more blackish than pure black, you get a good bit of dark brown and some orange at the glass bottom and rims, overall fresh in appearance. The nose first hits you with mocha, cocoa notes with a finely burnt character before sea salt, peat, wet meadow herbal matter, the hops determined to spread widely, hence the orange citrus, white pit fruit never enunciates that clearly, some pine, anise and camphor, lots of cleansing, scrubbing action. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is not quite fluffy but does expand from cheek to cheek. The bitterness of the herbaceous hops clear right from the start and that burnt, charred aspect noticeable. Dark chocolate, coffee and hard caramel candy barely sweeten things despite big presence. Pine, blood orange, some flowers but close to no fruit of note. The mouth feel is clean and it creates a strong lifting perfume. Good vibrating finish, keeps tingling. Dryness perhaps makes it more of a meal accompaniment than session beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Revolution Pizza & Ale House (Charlotte, NC) on 3/11/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of mocha colored foam. This stays rich and drenches the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma smells of fresh leafy tones and green citrus flavors, while additional notes of light acrid coffee, cocoa, and toffee flood out across the back of the nose.

The taste is similar, with a green bitter bite up front that is buffered by sweet notes of cocoa and caramel. A flush of rather strong roasted coffee character comes out across the back with a burnt feel that lingers in the finish along with some leftover dry bitter pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel that segues into more of a silky creaminess along the back. Alcohol is generally well hid, mostly adding some extra intensity to the already strong hop profile here.

This was a VERY solid take on the Black Ale style, with a smooth and flavorful blend of bitter hops, coffee, and sweetness that never seemed to get too overly aggressive with any aspect of it. Man, I’d drink this any day!

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives as a dark brown colored liquid capped by an inch or so of light tan foam; decent retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Roasty and hoppy, in equal doses, with a real char character that complements the piney hop elements

Taste: Pith and pine, up front, with the roasty charred malt flavors bringing balance by mid-palate; bright and hoppy into the finish, though the roasty malt with chocolate underpinnings lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: My first beer from NoDa and it is a real winner, with a depth of flavor, a lively mouthfeel and excellent balance; as good an American Black as you will find

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a four finger creamy khaki colored head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, citrus, citrus hop, tangerine, and subtle banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine hop, subtle tangerine, and subtle dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The aroma on this brew was quite complex and very inviting with loads of different elements going on in it. The flavor had a lot of these same elements, but it just wasn’t as great as the aroma made out. Quite tasty and really glad I got the chance to try this one with some help from the brewer! Tick.

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Midnight Madness from NoDa Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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