Black Magic IPA | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Black Magic IPABlack Magic IPA
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Black Magic IPABlack Magic IPA

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Speckled black wax.

Added by bluemoonswoon on 11-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by RustyDiamond:
Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black metallica wax. Dark brown, almost black, pour with a solid 2 fingers of tan froth. Head is foamy on the edges, with lots of active bubbling in the middle.
Roasted malt-Grapefruit-pine melange aroma with a side of ripe strawberry.

Bitter malt tasted on the nose, followed by some juicy hop flavor. Quite a complex mouth of dry pretzel/grapefruit/pine/rye toast. Definitely malty, despite the coloring, but has that nice hoppy flavor. Finishes dry and citric with a bitter rye toast coating on the palate. Drinks like a hoppy porter, and I am not complaining.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - purchased at armanetti's. i couldnt find the blog on my phone and wound up purchasing this old-ass bottle that i was hoping would be vishnus vice (had at risque cafe later that day so whatever).

black sparkled wax

appearance: pours a rather dark mahogany body into my ommegang chalice - light beige head with very little in the way of lacing

smell: the malt structure remains in place - nice chocolate, dry roaste malts, some pine

taste: i think i'm lucky this was a black IPA - the other flossmoor ipa's have aged horribly recently (not that ipa's ever age well, but these go from awesome to garbage at a rapid pace). black magic maintains a nice chocolate malt body, a light piney bitterness remains which i can only imagine once shined through. Perhaps a shell of its former self, but still alive. This could have turned out much worse...

mouthfeel: a moderate bitterness remains, chocolatey and rich

drinkability: good

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Photo of beertooth
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a sparkly black waxed bottle into a 20oz mug. I picked up a bottle today after enjoying it on tap at the pub during the Ovation release.

This beer pours a turbid jet black with tons of mocha bubbles that swirl and eventually form a lofty two fingers of frothy mocha head. The head subsides into a thick collar and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. It looks a lot like a great stout.

The nose is very inviting. Soapy, citrusy, piney hops and a touch of chocolate and dark roasted malts. There's a great balance between the roasted malts and the heavy hand of hops.

The first sip follows suit with a smack of grapefruit, pine, a little tropical notes. The chocolate and dark malts round it out. It finishes bitter with slight sweet chocolate note that makes me want to go back for more. Excellent!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but feels very soft with a low, but lively level of carbonation like most of the beers from Flossmoor.

I really enjoyed this beer and I wish I bought more bottles or even a case. I guess I'll have to head down to Flossmoor again soon and down a few pints. This isn't an insane hop bomb, but it is a very delicious and unique beer and for anyone out there who's still on the fence about Bryan's IPA's you should grab a bottle of this and drink it fresh.

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Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great hybrid style, Black IPA.

A: Almost completely black with just a little bit of brown transparency able to shine through at the bottom of the glass. the head is minimal, but sits nicely on the top of the beer leaving good lace. I would have liked a little bit more in terms of head.

S: Very nice balance between citrus fruits, roasts and dark chocolate. It reminds me a little bit of gthe smell of a chocolate covered strawberry.

T: I would have liked the hops to be a bit more prevelent, but that are atleast nicely balanced between. Lots of chocolate notes and roastiness.

M:Slightly rough around the edges but no booze. good amount of creaminess. Good body but still a bit of wateriness.

D: Great balance and no booze means the bomber goes down very fast. Something I would love to try again but wouldnt want it every day. A great example of the style and worth trying if given the chance

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours from the growler an alluring inky blackness with a tight and sticky inch and a half thick of sand paper white head. Lacing comes in thick sheets and does not relent through the drinking session.

S: No shortage of hops here, at least in my opinion, there is a rye like spiciness that plays as a nice accompaniment to the gooey pine sap/ gummi fruit sweetness of the hops.

T/MF: Leafy, earthy hops with a solid backing of toasted bread and spicy rye are the most apparent things going on here for me. Mouthfeel remains pleasantly chewy even after a long car ride in a loosely sealed growler. There are touches of coffee in here as well and play nicely with the constant undercurrent of piney/earthy hops.

D: An improvement over their last offering, this beer reaffirms my belief that Flossmoor runs one of the tighter brewing ships in IL.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber with black wax flecked with sparkles. Magical!

In the light the beer has a woody mahoghany color, porter-like maybe. In the glass it's black as can be with a tawny glint around the edges. Lasting creamy foam that has a soft, pitted surface. Concentric circles of lace form after a few sips.

Unique aroma, alternately woody/roasty and green herbal/grapefruit. Melded together it reminds me of the chocolate orange slice candy during the holiday season. Some coffee and tobacco notes are in there too, once I start drinking it.

Refreshingly bitter orange peel/grapefruit, with the heft and roast of a porter or stout. Residual woody tobacco flavor, and a familar citrusy hop presence. Juicy citrus again with successive draws. Really potent and packs a good punch for an IPA, maybe 6/10 on the bitterness scale.

Fairly full bodied and hefty, just what the dr. ordered on this blustery, snowy December evening. One bomber will do it, but it's a very nice black IPA from my limited experience with the genre.

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up this bad boy and others after DLD 11

black wax

pours dark mahogany brown with a 1+ finger off white tanish head that left some spotted lacing

smells of hubba bubba gumball and a tiny bit of pine hops with roasted chocolate malts

taste is all american black ale - very good balance of both dark roasted chocolate malt - what hit me first was the hops both in the nose and in the buds - i got a lot of gumball hops with an aftertaste of roasted dark malty

mouthfeel had a medium body with a good carbonation and creamy finish that works well with this style

overall - this s a very solid black ipa - i wish i would have had the chance to have some on draft but it was all sold out and after drinking some i can see why - black ipas are the fastest buzz ales and flossmoor bottles a great on here

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden amber with a little bit of a haze to it, but nothing terribly dramatic. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass, which only served to reinforce the very nice head of foam which had formed at the top immediately upon pour. A nice three inches or so of white pillow like foam was on top now, settling down after a couple of minutes to just a thin film across the top which produced copious amounts of side glass lace on its way down. A nice typical IPA from what I could tell so far.

The aroma was classic hop bomb of an IPA from the first whiff. No, mention of the alcohol what so ever in this one from the aroma through. Lots of fresh citrus hop aromas coming right at you with a delicate balance of bitterness and a touch of sugar as well. Definitely some light sweet notes coming through on it, especially as it warmed up a touch. Very nice feel here, with a rich medium body that was full of carbonation, offering you a very nice creamy feel as it went down, but still staying light enough not to cause a problem with filling. Great flavors were all over this. It was to be honest on the lighter side of the style, but, it came off very well with a rich mixture of grapefruit and orange flavors that hit you off right from the start, but were mellowed down towards the middle to allow a much more balanced flavor to start to breakthrough. Hints of grain were in here now, mingling around and lots of malt sugar, really giving it a nice bit of sweetness and balancing out the hop bitterness very nicel

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a black, metal-flake speckled, wax sealed bomber into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours thin like a porter. Black body with some faint mahogany hues at the edges. Small tan layer of foam perched on top disappears quickly and left a few droopy webs of lace behind.

S: Awesome roasted malt aroma gets the ball rolling. As it warms more complexities come out. Pine, tropical fruit, molassas, grassy hops, bakers chocolate, french press coffee, and juicy/ripe pineapple.

T: Basically a mirror image of the smell. Except the flavor begins and ends with the heavily roasted malt/bakers chocolate flavors. There's a shot of cold coffee in the finish, as well.

M: Sure, there are hints of sweet fruit buried in there, but for the most part this is a bitter, roasty blast to the mouth. The finish takes on a peppery tingle, too.

D: An excellent example of the style. The alcohol is non-existant and the mixture of roast, pine, chocolate, and tropical fruit flavors are incredibly interesting.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is my first black IPA that i have every tried. It sounds interesting, given to me by a friend of mine. From the looks of it, this beer is over a year old.

Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: light black with a white head. Decent lacing to the side of the glass.

Smell: Pine hops and bubblegum smell. maybe some citris is in the mix too.

Taste: Piney and grassey hops, with some citris mixed in as well. A mild bubblegum taste is also evident here as well, odd taste...but it just works interestingly enough. The malts contribute a decent amount of sweetness and bitterness that almost tastes like coffee; gives some balance too. The hop flavor never really goes away thoughout drinking this beer. This beer was probably really hoppy when it was fresh.

Mouthfeel: Slick and very creamy moderate bodied beer. No alcohol burn or flavors to speak of. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really nice beer. Always impressive beer that comes from flossmoor another enjoyable beer, even though it is probably past it prime as far as tie frame goes.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Today is bottling day so of course I needed to crack something to enjoy with my buddy pehlman.

To be honest I did not know what to expect going into this at all. I had no idea this was a black ipa. so color me excited.

Pours dark brown with a good amount of light tan head. Rich ruby highlights. nice amount of lacing. a good looking brew.

Smell at first is almost like a hoppy chocolate. I am immediately given an idea for a future brew. definitely a big malty backbone. you can tell that there is a bit of age on the bottle. but still smelling good

taste is pretty solid. obvious age. hints of the former hop monster that this used to be. Malts through the roof.

overall a very enjoyable brew. would of loved to have this fresh.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this thanks to Sr. Paco.

While IPAs aren't my first choice when it comes to beer, this one is something special. I could honestly see myself drinking this on a regular basis. Poured a jet black body with a thick tan head. The head lasted the whole drink, which is a huge plus in my book. Each time I swirled the glass, the aroma of hops, smoked malts, and sugary fruits. The taste had a few different things going on, which I liked a lot. Again, hops were up front, but soon followed by a raisinesque hint, then an almost coffee like finish on the tail end. At 7.5% it's a little higher than average IPAs I've had, but hardly noticeable in the taste. Definitely worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of owenmcm
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black sparkly waxed bomber from Kimbark liquors in Chicago, IL. Expensive with the >11% tax within the city. But I will buy more.

A: Pours surprisingly opaque black, even up to the light. Sticky 1.5 finger head leaves good lacing. Head retention is good too. More than just a patchy film covers the beer until the very end.

S: Smells like citrusy hops, a little bit of roasted malt, a little bit of dark fruit, but hops dominate. This is where I begin to face an important dilemma, do I think of this more as an IPA, or more as a completely separate style, an IPA with some porter/dark ale characteristics? Obviously it has characteristics of darker beers (notably, the darkness), but is it more darker beer, or more IPA? Definitely, more IPA.

T: The taste is interesting for me, as I've never had a dark IPA before.. Hops and bitterness upfront followed by roasted malt and dark fruit. As an IPA, this is is great, at least on par with something like SN Celebration. The roasted malt and dark fruit come in beautifully after the hoppiness. It's not quite balance, but it's the best of two worlds.

F: The feel is right for a standard IPA like this, but i feel like it should be slightly more carbonated, but maybe I'm just tasting more of the hops and not enough of the dark malt/fruits. I think the IPA side of this is what I like, and it's a bit undercarbonated for an IPA. It feels too smooth on the palate, without the rich depth of an RIS to match the smoothness.

D: I love this beer, that makes it more drinkable. Just the IPA side of this is fantastic. I could drink it all day because it's not too heavy in the stomach. It is a bit strong to be truly sessionable, but I would still session it, if only it didn't cost three times as much as a good, plain IPA.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color with a small light tan head.

Scent of juicy plums, sweet hops, sugars and some roasted malts. It has a nice sweet aroma with a great hoppy bitterness backing it up.

Taste of biscuity malts, bitter hops, a hint of chocolate and some dark fruit. A little more roasted than hoppy, but still a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a nice bite of carbonation.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black IPA, huh? Seems like a novelty worth trying.

Pours black with a strong head. Smells wonderful. Very fruity and flowery on the nose. So far so good...

...I wish it tasted as well as it smells. It resembles some of their other IPAs at first, but it has an odd finish. I expect it to be bitter, but there is a certain sharpness to this bitter finish before it falls flat.

Tastes okay, but somewhat lacks depth and has an unpleasant finish.

I like many of the different Flossmoor IPA recipes. This one, however, is not among their best.

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Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Flossmoor hookup from Adam, thanks again.

Pours dark, dark brown in the glass with only the faintest hints of light coming through the edges with a big thick off-white head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, some citrus in the form of oranges and pineapple, and a little bit of floral pine and grass as well. There are some sweet dark malts underneath.

The taste is more floral than the aroma with an initial pine resin bitterness that gives way to the highly toasted black malts in the background with some bakers chocolate coming out as well. The finish brings back the hop and espresso-like bitterness which lingers for a while after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but almost seems a little thin with good carbonation and dry and bitter in the finish.

This is a solid brew that is a little lacking in body for my liking but is pretty drinkable and offers lots of different flavors all together. Interesting and tasty.

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Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Head is pretty dense foam, had good retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

S- A good balance of hops and malts here. Picking up some pine and citrus hops, along with some chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee.

T- Again a great balance between hops and malts. This one follows the nose really well. Roasted malts, chocolate, with a nice hoppy side to it.

M- Medium in body and on the lower end in carbonation.

O- Very nice. I had this one with dinner and probably should of grapped a bottle to go with me.

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Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to fishingnet for the share.

A: Pours a nice brownish black hue with a small head. Nice retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aroma is like a bag full of pine needles, resinous and sappy. Hints of roast pop through as well.

T: Hopped up for sure. Lots of pine with hints of citrus rind. Notes of roast can be picked up. The finish is more bitter herbal nice.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation, nice biting bitter finish.

D: Good drinking tasty IPA. Win.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

The nose on this IPA is like nothing I've really come across before. The malt base lends itself to a big chocolaty note with a decent cold coffee backing. The hops are pretty straightforward with fistfuls of grapefruit pith and a decent pine showing. The pine and grapefruit meld in a way that makes it almost tough to pull apart. The hoppiness rounds out the malt body nicely and makes for an interesting combination.

The taste can't quite stand up to the nose but it's an all around solid IPA. The chocolate isn't as bold as the nose led me to think but there is a nice baker's chocolate quality to it while mid-palate brings along some of that cold coffee. The chocolate actually comes along richer and slightly bitter on the finish while a decent pine and grapefruit pith hoppiness lend a solid bitterness that fades rather quickly. The darker malts used in the brewing of this IPA set it apart from many others and the chocolate notes make for a nice twist on a classic IPA.

The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and could actually use a bit more heft. It's not too far off but could easily use a little more creaminess. The carbonation is also on the lower side which is appreciated when compared to a higher bubbled beer with a body this light. The carbonation allows the beer to slowly work its way through my mouth.

A bomber of this wouldn't be a chore at all to put down in a sitting. As a matter of fact I could handle a few pints at a time and still be interested. The unique hop profile and malt backing keep me coming back for drink after drink.

I have to give Brian credit for this IPA. It's one of the best black IPAs I have ever had and one I will most likely pick up again in the very near future. Of all his IPAs thus far I'd have to say this is his second best behind the infamous FUDOB. Thanks for the sample, Dave!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked one of these Armanetti's - not sure what to expect, seeing as it's a month old. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Nice two fingers of tan foam with good retention that settles to a thick cap. There's some nice lacing left behind as well. When held to the light it actual reveals a slightly transparent dark brown body with orange tinges at the edge.

S - Cocoa and vanilla maltiness, as well as some pine and orange citrus hops. Some nice roastiness and a touch of coffee. Still reasonably hoppy, which is a good sign. The smell is quite nice, but a little understated.

T - There's less hoppiness in the taste, more of the baker's chocolate and roasty flavors. There is some fresh citrus that pops up mid-palate and lingers into the aftertaste. Definitely more hoppy bitterness than roasty bitterness here.

M - Lower carbonation with only a light zesty tingle. Fairly smooth and creamy, but verging on the light-medium side of things. Could use a little more oomph for a 7.5% brew.

D - I had no problem killing a bomber of this bad boy. Carbonation is low and alcohol is well-hidden. One of Brian's better IPAs, and one that held up for a little longer than usual. A pleasant surprise!

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mynie
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty pretty waxcapped brown bottle with gold metallic lettering. Pours really, really dark. I hadn't read about the one-offness of the series. All I did was ask for a bomber of the IPA. This is about as black as a black rye, I'd say. Not nearly as dark as a stout or porter, especially at the bottom of the glass, deep brown amber topped with a firm, chocolate colored head

Smells like flowers, purple fruit, and green hops. Grapefruit, aged wood, dandelions. Little burny porter grain comes present as it warms. Nothing short of fantastic.

Tastes like a perfect blend of Bender and Furious, to make a cheap comparison. Dry (but lightly sweet) IPA mixed with a sweet (but lightly dry and stoutish) brown ale. The hops are piney--Chinook, I think--but it's the bold blend of malts that really blows me away. You got a straight IPA and then a rounded, tofee and biscuit blend that's like a nice, mild brown. The hops down overwhelm the malt, thank god. It's just a wonderful dynamic between the two

Not quite like any other beer I've ever had, and that's a good thing. *This* is why everyone goes nuts over Flossmoor!

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Black Magic IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 24 ratings