Nocturnal
Echo Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
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Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 4.63%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
7
From:
Echo Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery; poured into a snifter.
Appearance- pitch black, very little light comes in; thin, tan head that leaves decent lacing!
Smell - some floral and pine that meshes with dark malts revealing a black licorice-esque nose.
Taste - floral and pine hops, but the licorice is absent and in its place is more robust coffee!
Feel - bitter yet balanced with a heavier mouthfeel compared to other black IPA’s.
Overall - really good, though the booze is a little heavy and the nose gives off a black licorice scent, which doesn’t go over well for someone who doesn’t like black licorice. I would have this again though.

Feb 26, 2018
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spoony from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A-The beer pours like a stout; viscosity is high and the medium-brown head is dense and short. The foam leaves some lacing the glass as I drink. The liquid is pitch black and opaque.

S-The smell is earthy with lots of chocolatey malt flavors coming through. I sniff a bit of char, as well. Hops are pretty much a background note with a hint of orange citrus lurking. You don't smell the alcohol but you can feel it warm your nostrils.

T-The taste is pretty similar. Lots of cocoa and chocolate malt notes at first with hints of smoke. As my palate adjusts a bit, I start picking up more of the citrusy hop flavors like orange and even a little tropical kick. It does not taste like a 100-IBU beer as claimed. The alcohol is pretty well concealed.

M-The body is heavy for an IIPA and the carbonation is semi-creamy and lower in volume.

O-Black IPAs (or, in this case a IIPA) are all over the map in terms of flavor, so it is hard to score. Nevertheless, this brew is lower on the hop scale than many I have tried, e.g., Mountain Standard by Odell. It drinks almost like a stout at times thanks to the heavy feel. I suspect my bottle was older. Still, I found it strangely enjoyable and drinkable.

Jul 23, 2015
Nocturnal from Echo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7 ratings