BIL | The Bobcat Café & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Bobcat Café & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A thoughtful congruence of flavour & attitude, this Black IPA was made with a lager yeast… Brewed with superior malted barley from our neighbors to the north. The kettle hops are Citra & Columbus & then dry hopped with Amarillo. Don’t let the colour deceive you, for the black as night appearance is devoid of any harsh roast bitterness.

89 IBU

Added by kingcrowing on 02-13-2011

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint ($4.00) of this 82 IBU offering on 06APR12 while visiting with Alewife...

It was a deep, dark brown, nearly black actually. Had a creamy tan head, foamy and fine, lasting fairly well, and left good lace behind. Aroma was of rindy citrus with hints of roastiness; I found it appealing. It was quite smooth on the tongue, with some good heft to te body.

It had some light sweetness at first, followed by roasty notes and a bit of chocolate. A healthy whack of citrus was close behind, with some pithy character; the Amarillo was solid here. Somewhat unclear on the concept of "Black India Lager"... Is this a black IPA but using lager yeast and cold fermented? Unsure, but anyhow it was a tasty start to the proceedings at the Bobcat...


4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a deep brown pour that filled the glass, so no head report. No lacing occured as beer wa consumed.

Pretty light on the aroma, I got primarily roast frangrance and no hop.

The taste was almost that of a hoppy porter. There was the right amount of malt to balance the hop.

The mouthfeel was spot on, a little body, light carbonation.

I must admit for an unknown style in my book, I would like to see more of these.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head that sits around for a bit before falling into a collar. Not too much lace. The nose carries a fair amount of roasted malt plus a bit of piney hops. Hops take a backseat to the roast. The flavor is along the same lines. Nothing too complex or crazy, but within style. I would prefer the pine to punch through the roast backbone, though that doesn’t really happen. Pretty decent feel with a good 1-2 combo of roast and hop bitterness. Worth a try.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a small dark brown head. Nose is mellow, a bit chocolaty and lightly hoppy.

Taste is sweet - I'm thinking maple syrup! There's some chocolate, lots of fresh hops, and the maple finish, it's really good! I've never heard of a "Black India Lager" for all I know Mark is the first to ever brew it, and it's awesome!

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BIL from The Bobcat Café & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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