Dark Matter
Blackstone Brewing Company

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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #403
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,026
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 6.9%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
38
From:
Blackstone Brewing Company
 
Tennessee, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 2-finger tan head atop a cola-brown body.

S - caramel, citrus.

T - follows the nose. Caramel malt, oranges, roast. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - quite a tasty black ipa.

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Photo of tzbel013
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color was a mahagony brown vs the "black" I expected. Piney earthy on the nose with only light malts to soften the hops. I think I'll stick with their St. Charles Porter

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Photo of Harrison8
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a finger and a half of khaki foam. Aroma is biscuit, earth, and toasted malts and herbal and resin hops. It comes off rather early and natural. Flavor profile is toasted, biscuit, earth, and bread malts and herbal and floral hops. Flavor profile is fizzy with evident carbonation. It's a touch harsh, with a medium-thin consistency. Overall, a earthy, natural tasting beer. Imagine slurping up an evergreen forest with a few pans of biscuits thrown in the mix of muddy river water (for the sake of looks).

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from TN. BB date notched 2017 (no month or week indicated).

This "Black IPA" is actually a lovely, crystal clear, dark mahogany color. It's topped with an excellent, creamy beige head than has great retention despite having modest size. It leaves full sheets of lacing on the glass with each tip.
Creamy smooth, medium+ body. Very good balance of grains and hops, allowing each of these to shine. Moreover, and unlike many "Black IPAs", the grains and hops are well chosen and blend nicely rather than clashing. Mild for style but plenty of flavor.

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Photo of John1985
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black ale with a fair one inch head. Aroma was more citrus than pine. Taste was light on the palate with decent bitterness on the front and back. I detect some light roastiness or black patent malt favor as ale warmed. I would have enjoyed this more as a light colored IPA.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle purchased in Nashville. Highly drinkable. A bit thin -- no chocolate or roasted hints I expect in a black IPA, but light and enjoyable.

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Photo of Buck89
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy dark orange-brown with a two-finger tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nice aromas of pine, orange, grapefruit, and earthy tones. Very flavorful with primarily bitter orange, grapefruit, pine, and a confusing mix of roasted malt. Not my favorite style but a good representation IMO. Medium-bodied and easy-drinking.

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Photo of kurtmackendree
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice deep, reddish brown color with medium white head. The smell was a bit piney, but not super attractive. Mouthfeel was light and a little thin, but pretty pleasant. The taste was actually quite nice, enough bitterness and brightness from the hops to be pleasant but not overpowering, and quite a bit of nutty malt flavors to bring some great balance to this beer. To be fair, I bought this beer mostly for the retro 1950's sci-fi art, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how tasty this beer was.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit I bought this at a gas station on the west side of Nashville on my way between PA and TX because it had the coolest carton/bottle label art I have seen! But black IPAs are one of my favorite styles, so I had to pick it up after I got gas. Glad I did! Pours a nice dark brown with a thick head and good lacing. Nice piney smell and taste. Citrusy and some dark roast flavors. Not the best black IPA I have had but I enjoyed it and loved the geeky, retro art!

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Photo of Argyll615
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Poured into a classic pint glass - blackish brown with a thick, white head which dissipates slowly with very little lacing.
Nose: Smells of dark chocolate and piney hops.
Mouthfeel: This is a very light-bodied beer. The flavor is of a piney IPA, with just a hint of nuttiness.
Overall: It isn't as complex as I would have liked but it is rather refreshing due to the light body.

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Photo of Krisp09
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: poured into tulip glass, clear, dark brown with ruby hue, two fingers of tan head. Aroma: pine, floral, chocolate and crystal malt. Taste: nice pine and floral, some bitterness from dark malt but very little. Feel: this is where the beer is really lacking with very little body and thin mouthfeel. Overall: nice black IPA that leans more toward IPA side than darker beer style

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Dark Matter from Blackstone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 38 ratings