Dark Matter
Blackstone Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #403
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,759
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 6.88%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
40
From:
Blackstone Brewing Company
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  15
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by OtisCampbell007:
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OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2017
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dschwartz13 from Tennessee

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2020
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John1985 from Tennessee

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Mar 14, 2016
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 12, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Dec 02, 2016
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ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 14, 2016
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 24, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 03, 2016
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Brianito from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 20, 2016
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Elicoleman from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 11, 2018
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 03, 2015
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cheefdaddy1 from Tennessee

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 03, 2016
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Mar 02, 2019
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Maryobeerian from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Feb 18, 2016
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Washuffizi98 from Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 21, 2016
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PassMeAZima from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 22, 2016
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Jordanmtate from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 27, 2015
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cryptichead from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 14, 2018
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tzbel013 from Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -18%
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

Jan 19, 2019
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MGoeltz from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 28, 2016
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MJ64 from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 13, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jan 26, 2016
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 22, 2016
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Krisp09 from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Dec 13, 2015
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RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jan 05, 2017
Dark Matter from Blackstone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 40 ratings