Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #113
Ranked #13,295
4 | pDev: 7.5%
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Doomsauce has notes of soft, tropical fruits normally found in Boomsauce, but is complimented with a velvety, smooth dark finish. The malts used are Midnight Wheat and Blackprinz. Midnight Wheat is the smoothest black malt available, because you get a slightly sweet, slightly roasty, incredibly clean finish versus any bitter, astringent, or dry flavors. Blackprinz is used for the same reason that Midnight Wheat is, except its just a little more subtle and maybe a hint more of a roasty malt. Adding the black malts are used for the smoothness and not for any bitter or astringent tastes.
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-super dark mahogany, with prodigious creamy khaki head
S-combination of tropical fruits and roasty malts
T-wonderful mango and piney, working in perfect tandem with the coffee and nutty roasted malts. Above average bitter, slightly above average sweet.
M-Medium(+) body with below average carbonation
O-I am a sucker for Cascadian Dark Ales. This one helps reinforce my love for them.

Oct 20, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic head production, retention, and lacing, atop a solid ebony body. Absolutely fantastic appearance; not much to improve upon, honestly.

Appropriately, the nose is hop-forward, with tropical and citrus notes tempered by tones of licorice and tarragon, as well as some caramel malt.

Fairly straight forward on the palate, but unfortunately a touch stale, despite being canned six weeks ago. Hops lead the way before the roasted malts start to dominate around mid sip. Tangerine, mango, and melon, followed by molasses, licorice, and caramel; very roasty on the back end, almost like smoked malt.

Very smooth, lively, full body.

Oct 18, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with a moderate amount of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and light to moderate amounts of dark chestnut brown + cola brown + dark ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a handful of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasty + dark + chocolate + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Moderate aromas of citrus/orange + citrus/orange zest + tropical/papaya hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasty + dark + chocolate + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange + citrus/orange zest + tropical/papaya hops. There is a slightly heavier than moderate amount of roasty bitterness that lingers well through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength and the alcohol is well hidden though it feels a touch light in the mouthfeel. Enjoyable though not my favorite pairing of hops (orange + papaya) with the roasty/chocolate malt profile.

Oct 12, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque; dark brown in color; less than a 1 finger medium brown head that receded quickly to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: an interesting balance between dark roast and citrus;

T: the balance isn't as good here; up front, it's almost all deeply roasted grain; from the middle through the finish, the citrus comes out somewhat; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: this beer didn't live up to the brewery's hype that the roast was subdued; still good, but not what I expected;

May 07, 2020
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can.

A nice, assertive Black IPA. I really like the style and wish I saw it more often.

Punchy, dark, spicy and citrus fruit hops blend with char-roasted character. Body is smooth but medium-light and without the chocolate sweetness you might find in a stout. Good strong bitterness and a dry roasty finish.

Overall very good! I could drink this all through fall/winter.

Dec 17, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single can from Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI.
Pours a clear black with teaming creamy brown head that caps the top of my tulip.
Aroma of grapefruit, grainy roasted malt, earth hops, pine and slight coffee note.
The taste has earthy floral hops, grapefruit pith, evergreen on a rich roast chocolate malt base, with building pine and coffee bitterness.
Medium full mouthfeel on moderate carbonation with lingering hop bitterness, but enough malt sweetness to make very drinkable and hiding the 7.8% ABV.

Dec 17, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 10/15/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; fluffy and creamy khaki head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus. Some berries. Subtle hints of cocoa and roasted malts. The flavors have more citrus going on. More roasted characteristics. Some dark chocolate and cocoa. Some pine. Some soap. More berries in the mix. Nice hop bitterness and hop flavors. The bitterness definitely outweighs any sweetness that this beer may have. Malts do their thing without dominating. Finishes dry for the most part. Subtle alcohol notes, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, fluffy and slightly creamy.

This is a solid "Double Black IPA". It's bold and is basically what you would expect from the style. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

Nov 20, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and great lace around the glass. The aroma does have citric hops in there, but they are underneath a mild roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate. Decent balance, good citric and dirty hoppiness underneath a rather dry, heavy, maltiness with touches of sweetness. The ABV is well-hidden, at least it is not noticeable, and it's a smooth beer and worth trying.

Nov 15, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a 16-oz. can yields a finger of khaki foam with long retention and patches of lace. Black coffee brown (almost black) with dark brown-amber highlights.

Citra hops with lemon and orange greet the nose, faint caramel and roasted malt with a little coffee.

Citrus juice almost adds sweetness to the taste. 1st up is roasted taste followed closely by caramel malt then bitter roasted un-malted barley. Between neutral and semi-dry with average bitterness at first. Chared earthy wood with dry red grape and general baked fruit build up the taste. The finish is dry with a considerable rise in bitterness from roasted barley and hops. The aftertaste is bitter and long, a moderate astringency lingers.

Medium-light body with ample carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, it emerges during the aftertaste. NEIPA juiciness and sweetness are matched by roasted tastes and bitterness. The aftertaste is a little too strong. It states “Black Double IPA” on the label.

Nov 09, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 10/15/19.
Look is black. Smell is sweet malt. Taste follows nose and is very malty. Feel is medium. Overall would not call it a BIPA. Expected more hops. Like the name not the beer.

Nov 06, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an open mouth short glass canned on 10/15/19. Pours a very dark brown with a finger sticky light brown head, that leaves a thin layer of lace with excellent retention. 4.25

Smell is cocoa, coffee, vanilla, pine, and a nice hit of grapefruit. 4

Taste follows really cocoa, vanilla, coffee grounds, pine, biscuit, and bold grapefruit in the Bold finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is big, plenty of life, a tad dry, and easy drinking at 7.8% but loaded with flavor. 4.5

Overall I miss this style, perfect time of year for it. Well done. 4.25

Oct 27, 2019
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had some draft Boomsauce last night and a tall boy of Doomsauce tonight. Fun to compare.

Pours a near black with a small tan foam. Medium carbonation.

Both lead with a strong hop aroma. The addition of wheat malt to DS gives a darker roasted taste than BS. This pretty much hides the fruity notes in BS for my tongue.

This is nice wheat IPA!

Oct 22, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint.

Near black with very little light penetration. Tight laced tan head.

Mango, pineapple, papaya, coffee, caramel, roasted barley, and cocoa.

Mango, papaya, and pineapple pleasantly mixed with black coffee, dusted cocoa, and caramel. Pine resin and grapefruit persists.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, crisp, sticky, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Tropics mixed with dark roasted malts. A genre severely under represented. Bring it back!

Oct 11, 2019
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ShrubCHTL from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a bit of coffee but close your eyes and smell- all piney citrus goodness of an IPA. Black IPAs are awesomely strange and this one is clean & SMOOTH.

Sep 30, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lasting beige head which leaves thick ring lace after each sip. The color is deep dark brown where no light passes.

Mild aroma of graham crackers and semisweet chocolate, reminiscent of S'mores.

Rather thin body but perhaps it's enhanced by the higher effervescence. The start has a light unexpected sourness. The malt has a dry, deeply toasted malt flavor. The finish is moderately bitter from hop, not burnt barley. The combination works but doesn't overwhelm.

Sep 08, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/28/2019. Pours hazy/opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, black currant, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit dough, toasted dark bread, and herbal/floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and black/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, black currant, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit dough, toasted dark bread, and herbal/floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery hops; and roast/charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, black currant, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit dough, toasted dark bread, and herbal/floral/grassy/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and black/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great hop/char malt/bitterness balance; and no acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/sticky, and fairly chalky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is an awesome black DIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and black/roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestly bitter/resin/charred/drying finish; not overly aggressive/charred on roast. Awesome Ella, Mosaic, Falcolners Flight, Amarillo profile. Extremely juicy and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a perfectly balanced wheat, oat, black, roasted malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness from lingering resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Hoping for this style to make a comeback sometime.

Apr 26, 2019
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 43 ratings