Pitch Black | Lost Nation Brewing

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Lost Nation Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GarthDanielson on 08-08-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 140
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample glass at Growler Garage. They had it labeled as a black IPA and I see its labeled as one on Beer Advocate. I think the bar and beer advocate has it wrong, anyways, here’s the rest. The appearance was a black color with a bar pour’s kind of head (rating adjusted accordingly). The smell had some roasty chocolatey malts with some coffee beans, hops, what hops, there's no hops here. There’s a nice sweet chocolatey aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs good as a Porter. Bitterness is barely there to hit my tongue. I’d have again, good stuff, but not a Black IPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Lost Nation on Saturday, 9/26. Pours "pitch black" with a light tan head that sticks around. Good aroma on this, very inviting, sweet roasted malts with some earthy and pine hops in the back. Flavor doesn't have as much hops as the nose, it's very much like a porter. Sweet, chocolate in the middle, roasty near the end with a restrained bitterness. Light in the stomach and body is a hair too thin. Easy to drink but missing the big hop wallop for a black ale. Still a tasty beer, though.

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Photo of epyon396
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably complex for a black ale. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, smoke, and cream, limited hops. You could have probably convinced me that this was a porter or stout.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewery into a small snifter.

Dark woody caramel brown with an Indian red like hue and accent to it. Head is faint tan, with little stayin power.

The bouquet on this is so exquisite. Fresh roasted hazelnuts and cashew thickness. Cream. Vanilla. Milk chocolate, a bag of mixed nuts and thick malt rich grains with just a bit of roast to throw in the mix. This thing is crazy good.

Palate just delivers more of that but toned down and probably on an even keel. THick creamy flavors, and a supportive palate that doesn't add much but doesn't take away either. THick chocolate flavors and lighter qualities than expected. Chewy. Rich roast and cream, not much hop character to discern.

If this is supposed to be hop forward it doesn't really come across that way, but has such a great malt angle and everything else that I could care less. REal unique creation, quite a style blur too.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury. Pours a black color with a thin layer of khaki head. Some lacing. The aroma is roasty and earthy with some dark chocolate. Hint of vanilla and caramel. The taste is roasted malts, char, earth and smoke. Very roasty and smokey with not much of a hop presence. Maybe some floral hops notes towards the end. Finishes with some black licorice, charcoal and roasted malts. More like a Porter to me but what do I know? Light bodied. Overall, pretty decent but nothing special.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was great, but I gotta say it was closer to an american porter/stout than Black Ale. Hop presence was overpowered by the taste of roasted bitterness.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Smoky, rich, and super flavorful- like a session imperial stout. Sometimes it's not as good on draft at other locations than the brewery but I'm not sure where the fault lies with that.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at Lost Nation Brewing in Morrisville, VT.

Pours a very dark, dare I say, pitch black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite roasty, with some earthy root-like qualities, and some chocolate.

This feels more like a quite roasty stout than an American black ale. Very roasty and earthy, with a root-like flavor, a bit of grass, smoke and ash, and a heavily roasted malt. There's some sweetness in the form of chocolate as well.

The beer is medium bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation.

An interesting take on the style, not really even sure what style it should be, but it does taste quite good, and that's the important part, really.

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Photo of Onequarter
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

I had this as a sample as part of my flight today. Very dark and chocolatey, malty, caramely, chocolatey and metallic.. I kept getting a metal taste. I'm not sure if it was my palate, I would've loved a cracker or some other kind of palate cleanser, or if it was really there. My friend whom I went with, said she didn't get that at all and she really liked it. I liked it as well until the metallic after taste kicked in and I could not shake it. The malty chocolatey flavor was spectacular.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lost Nation. Served in a minisnifter.

Appearance - Despite its name, it's not quite black. Deep reddish brown. Nice khaki head. Laces well. Good retention.

Smell - Slight roastiness, but much more of a dark fruit presence. Yeastiness, too. Rustic is the word they would probably use here.

Taste - Roasted malt is first, surprisingly. A hint of coffee and smoke. Then some sweet fruity malts. Hops build up in the finish contrasting the whole profile.

Mouthfeel - A little creamy. Medium light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tastes pretty good, but isn't the most interesting beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-I wouldn't call it Pitch black but it's quite dark. Head is slightly tan and well formed. It retains it's body but doesn't lace all that much.

S-I was assuming this to be more of a Black IPA and I am pleasantly surprised to find out it isn't at all. This smells like a mellow, easy drinking Black Ale with some mysteries within that dark body. Smoky, a little burnt and very light in hoppiness.

T-Flavor is less burnt and more agreeably sweet, however I wouldn't necessarily call it a very sweet beer. It's a bit earthy and also it's definitely roasty. The color and the flavor seem to not match up but I like it.

M-Lighter bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp. Dare I say refreshing?

O-I liked this beer a bunch. Doesn't taste anything like how it looks. Has enough interesting flavors too. Also happy it wasn't a Black IPA because I really wasn't in the mood for one.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lost Nation.

Brown-black color typical of the style, with a small cap of tan head that held at a ringlet, dotting the glass with lacing. In the nose, dark roasty malts, mineral, pine needles. Similar taste, dark malts, mild roastiness, piney hops, moderate bitterness, tobacco, and an earthy/mineral aspect. Medium body, slick mouthfeel. Pretty good for the style.

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Photo of Gatch
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Parker Pie Wings at the Newport State Airport in the NEK of Vermont!

A: Well...it's pitch black. Frothy off white head that settles into some nice lace and retention.

S: Roasted malt and smoke dominate. Charred, woody, smoky goodness.

T: Similar to the nose. Seriously smoked. Didn't expect it but it's a nice twist on the style without being a true rauchbier.

M: Slightly spicy with plenty of carbonation but lots of great flavor and a delicious finish.

O: Big fan of this beer but I've always been a fan of black ales and smoked beers. A nice change from all the hops I've been enjoying.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, little cocoa, light smoky and citrus, pine

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, light char, hint of licorice, pine, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth

O-enjoyed this black ale, decent flavor and nice body

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having tried all of the offerings from Lost Nation now I can say with absolute certainty that this is my FAVORITE beer from them. Im writing this review from memory so please bear with me.

A - They aren't kidding with the name. This beer is black and completely opaque. Pours with a large creamy head much like a Guinness. Delightful really.

S - This is the haziest part of the beer for me, but I remember getting toasty notes from the malts and a slight hop presence. Will update after another test pint.

T - Again, toasty and very pleasant. Slight hop presence at the end to bitter it up, but subtlety and very appropriately for the beer.

M - This is where this beer hits a home run for me. Great creamy body, VERY much like a stout or heavy cream ale. Totally leaves me wanting another sip immediately. This beer is dangerously drinkable.

O - Overall is I drink this beer whenever I can. My only regret is that they currently aren't doing growler fills of this beer. :(

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a nonic, the beer is a brown, light coloring with a frothy, clingy, tan head. Nose of chocolate, caramel, and roast. Flavors are smoke forward, with a chocolate and caramel backbone and some earthy highlights. Smooth, earthy, and sweet. Light and smooth in mouth, with a smoky sweet aftertaste. Clean, lingering finish. Not bad at all.

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Pitch Black from Lost Nation Brewing
3.87 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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