Black Watch IPA | Adirondack Pub & Brewery

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Black Watch IPABlack Watch IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adirondack Pub & Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Watch IPA is our Seasonal Black IPA. Roasted malts gives the beer a rich, black appearance and a subtle roasted flavor. Glacier, Chinook, and Columbus hops provided a hoppy aroma, lending Black Watch a balanced, multi-dimensional character

74 IBU

Added by TangTKE402 on 12-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
45
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
22.31%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body appears black, but when backlit it's more brown, with mahogany hues on the edges. Small khaki-colored head on top, leaves behind some lace.

S: Nice - I get both the roasty characteristics of the malt and juicy (citrusy) hops. That's what I really like about this style, when done right - the combination of hops and malt, both of which are fairly aggressive, yet neither one taking a back seat to the other.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Starts off like a roasty porter, with roasted barley malt, a hint of dark chocolate and a touch of charcoal. That's followed up with the hops - citrus and pine, with pine needles and resin lingering into the aftertaste, a nice compliment to the roasty characteristics. Originally checked off a score of 4 for the taste, but as I work my way down the glass, I'm bumping it up.

M: Carbonation is fizzy but not overly prickly. Body is medium in heft, but as I find with many porters, it drinks a little lighter.

O: Good stuff. Doesn't meet the characteristics I prefer for the perfect American Black Ale - I like chocolate malt to be stronger - but it's quite good. Reminds me of some hoppy imperial porters I've had. Good stuff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sberberick1
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thomascj
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RyFikes
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of twillingthenoz
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of edthehead
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HarpuaCritz
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pgofman
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown edges and a frothy khaki head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing. Aromas of bitter roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and strong pine resin and grapefruit hops. Really pleasant smelling Black IPA. Taste is spot-on with the nose, a nice balance between the roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee and the resinous hops. Finish is pleasantly bitter, with contributions from both the chocolate malt and the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a really nice Black IPA that holds it's own with some of the top examples of the style.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This appears to be the newest addition to their bottled line-up. Picked up a sixer in Glens Falls today. Poured bottle into a tulip.

Probably more brown than black, really big off-white head. Leaves some super lacing. Still some carbonation visible in the beer. This is really a great looking beer.

Smells like roasty chocolate and dank citrus/pine.

Nice roasted character jumps out--smooth, lightly bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. Faint burnt caramel. Nice balance of citrus/pine hops. They flavors mesh well. This could be hoppier, but I'm loving the malt bill.

Mouthfeel on the lighter side of medium, perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a very tasty beer, and a super easy drinker that still packs a lot of flavor. Once again, I'm impressed with an Adirondack Pub and Brewery bottled offering. I wish the brewpub was a little closer to me, because I'd go there much more often.

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Photo of rkcrozier
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Fairly deep shade of woody brown, almost pitch with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head.
S - Smells fairly hoppy, maybe a touch faded with a bit of roasted malts and chalky yeasts.
T - A bit more herbal than I expected but fairly balanced. some hoppy bitterness, then roast, then it even sticks to the palate after the sip. No chemical taste which is good. Not bad.
M - Fairly smooth somewhat chewy a great bodied black IPA.
Overall quite a tasty black IPA, worth seeking out!

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Photo of silverking
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Mikexw
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fahz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TangTKE402
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a tap in a pint glass at the Log Jam restaurant in Lake George. A 1-finger, thick head formed, then left a thin foamy covering. Good, sticky lacing. Beer was dark, but clear and rich mahogany colored in the light.

The smell is very hops-forward with piney and floral notes. Also aromas of toasted caramel malts wafted up. Very nice fragrance.

Tasted of toasted bread right off the bat with some great dry hops filling in shortly after. There was a nice well-balanced toasted malt touch to balance out the dryness with some light sweet flavors. Almost a hint of raspberries or cranberries on the finish.

This is a full-bodied beer that doesn't overpower. It has a nice even-keeled texture with a smooth, dry finish.

This is a highly drinkable beer, even with the robust look and likely high abv. It's got great flavor that does not kick you in the teeth. The balance and multi-dimensional character makes this beer one to order more of.

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Photo of atr2605
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with a tan foamy head with excellent retention and lacing
S-roasted coffee, orange citrus, straw
T-tons of orange citrus, with resiny pine bitterness following, roasted coffee flavors throughout
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-pretty solid black IPA, large citrus presence

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Photo of pugsley
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Love this beer and love supporting this brewery. Keep it local!

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin, filmy, light tan surface coating. Aromas of charcoal, resiny, bitter hops, and some rich, sweet tropical fruit presence. Flavors of roast coffee in the forefront, with a touch of smoke highlighting and a deep, resiny hops presence. Light bodied and effervescent. There are some tangy touches of grapefruit and other tropical fruits at the tail end of the palate. Roasty and bitter aftertaste, with a peppery spicing. Quick, slightly filmy finish. Very strong flavored brew. Very decent.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vt_beer_sampler
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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