Amsterdam The Nightman Cometh | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by peensteen on 12-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black, one finger of tan head, some lace left at the top of the glass. Smell is full of citrus and pine followed closely by lots of roasted malt notes, some faint coffee and chocolate but hops take the front seat here, grapefruit, mango and touches of tangerine. Taste quite roasty, lots of chocolate and coffee, bitterness is present on the back end towards the finish, citrus in the aftertaste along with roasted malt and coffee. Light carbonation, medium body, lightly creamy and a little thin at points. This is a really good brew that gets better as you go, this was the recipe of the winner of the TBW homebrew challenge last year so I'm pretty glad this won because its quite tasty.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and thick, three-quarters of an inch of retained head. Big hoppy aroma. Very roasty. Above average moutfeel, didn’t feel all that hoppy, still nice drinkability. Nice for the style and well crafted. Thanks Pino for the bottle. This one will hit the top 100 Canadian beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color IPA with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry bitter hops with medium citrus notes mix in with some medium dry roasted malt. Taste is also a mix between some dry roasted malt with notes of light coffee notes which are balanced against some dry and somewhat citrusy hops notes. Body is a bit light with some good carbonation. Enjoyable though a bit below some staple of the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of espresso coloured head that almost immediately receded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Some light lacing.

S - Big nose of citrus and pine up front. The hop aroma is the star here with tangerine, grapefruit and a very subtle pineapple aroma burst out of the glass. A roasted malt profile is present but definitely subdued behind the hops.

T - A big bitterness up front with pine and citrus notes. The wonderful tangerine and grapefruit aromas from the nose are difficult to specifically detect but the roasted malt flavours are much more prominent, creating a fairly well balanced black IPA. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

M - Medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer. I hope we see this one brewed again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, passed onto me by peensteen. 500ml bottle into a tulip, brewed by the winner of this year's TBW Homebrew Competition in collaboration with Amsterdam.

Pours just about black and impenetrable with a light mocha head, webbed lace and some fairly creamy and dense head. Good retention. Nose has the hops right off the bat, bright citrus notes and pine, with a bit of melon. Cocoa and chocolate notes come in secondary to the hops, with a bit of caramel, dark bread and a smidgen of vanilla. Taste has a nice mix of the chocolate, caramel and cocoa with the same hop notes presented in the nose, with lots of pine, bitter citrus and some zest notes - chewy and fruity. A bit of alcohol as well in the end. Medium body that could've done better with a little more density, but the fairly low carbonation does this well. Finish isn't too bitter or roasty, but somewhat sweet. I've heard this compared to Stone's 15th Anniversary, and I can definitely draw parallels between the two - although this kind of stands as a 'lite' version when compared. Quite nice, and one of the better Black IPAs I've had as of recent.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but it must be pretty recent as the brewery just released this.

Beer is black, and a vigorous pour results in only a finger-width of tan head. However, the small head sticks around OK, decent retention.

Smell is quite nice. Bright citrusy scents (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) and a nice whiff of pine. Some roasted malt as well, in the background. A bit of bubblegum as well.

Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of citrus and pine, with the roasted malt providing a coffee and cocoa flavour that integrates very nicely. Moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with a moderate to high carbonation level, slightly irritating. Fairly sticky and dries the mouth out a bit more than I would like.

Overall, a very good beer. I am not always a big fan of this style, but this is quite enjoyable. Another good seasonal from Amsterdam.

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Photo of BBP
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, just a little lighter than a stout. Decent head, but low retention. Slight lacing.

The aroma is full of some really killer hop notes. Roasted malt and dark malts are beneath, but this is all about the citrus and pine.

There's an excellent balance achieved with rich malt and potent hops. It reminds me a bit of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous, but with more focus on the hops. It also has a really nice follow through, and the drink remains fairly balanced the whole time.

The body is medium thick and heavy. The carbonation is just how I like it; effective, but subtle. The finish is dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, it's a very nice BIPA. The alcohol is nearly invisible, and this is a very smooth easy drinker. This is another great Ontario brew that unfortunately doesn't get far from the brewery. I'd love to see this in the LCBO, but I'll keep dreaming. Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the bottle I got.

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Photo of korguy123
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle courtesy of TheSevenDuffs

A- Totally black inky pour with a two finger light tan head. Is this a porter or stout because there isn't an ounce of light shining through. The head drops to a finger width cap leaving gobs of soapy lacing.

S- Bright grapefruit with orange and slight lime. There is a coffee bitterness with slight chocolate behind the hops. Probably the least roastiness I've ever smelt an ABA; which is good to pull off the color without all the malt ruining the smell lol.

T- Melding together up front is the citrus and pine hops with a big punch of bitter coffee and roasted malts. There is a bakers chocolate in the back end but not enough to make this sweet. There is a slight alcohol warmth that you get. The hops and the alcohol remind me of Stone AB mixed with a porter. I'm really digging this one a lot!

M- Medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation, slight alcohol warmth with a lingering bitter finish.

O- I really enjoy ABAs, this is a Stone SSR with some Stone AB in there for good measure. All this goodness from a home brew competition!

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a stout--black as pitch with a thick, mocha head that dies down and leaves webs of lacing.

Aroma is roast and citrus, cactus, aloe vera and fresh cut grass, a nice melange of hops are present as is a hint of chocolate-covered cherries. Very green, very fresh.

The taste is cherries and roast with a grassy, citrus rind, piney bitterness. Ink lingers in the aftertaste along with cold espresso. The malt is roasty and lightly chocolate sweet which works as a great backbone for the resiny citrusy hop bitterness. It's the most pleasant roast I have had an a beer of this multi-named style. Really well integrated. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Perhaps a tad thinner than would be ideal, if I'm to nitpick, but a really minor quibble. You know what? Forget I mentioned it.

Overall a great beer. Fingers crossed Amsterdam makes more.

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Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Amsterdam The Nightman Cometh from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 11 ratings