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Mortal Sin | The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This I.P.A. is so rich and delicious that you’ll need to confess after drinking one! Generously dry-hopped for your olefactory pleasure. Introduced on 6/6/06.

66 IBU

Added by RunawayJim on 06-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 6
Photo of Reagan1984
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple glasses of this while enjoying a late lunch at The Alchemist. Of the two beers I tried at this location, this was by far the better IPA. Very different than most Black IPA’s and really just a wonderful treat.

Was served in a glass that was almost the shape of a rocks glass. Actually looked like the new Red Wine glasses without the stems. Each glass can with an insane creamy biege head that was basically whipped cream. (whipped beer in this case) Now I need to make clear that I would have guessed this was a cask/nitro pour from the look and feel, but it wasn’t. In fact, their cask of the same beer kicked moments before I arrived. Too bad. The retention was crazy and the lacing was beyond insane. The color was a dark brown that was dull in finish and did remind me of a chocolate bar. (probably due to a flavor or two from later)

Aroma was hoppy and citrus with mostly Lemon notes. Just below this was a slight chocolate note.

Flavor was an interesting mix of cocoa powder with a burst of fresh hops. Several sips in this became my favorite Black IPA. Just a great after taste.. Mix of roasted malt/ assertive but rounded hop bitterness.

The mouth feel was also fantastic. Extremely creamy!!

Just an awesome beer and one that grew on me as I continued to enjoy the glass. There was no chance I wasn’t having a second. Don’t miss this one.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was a dark brown color with one finger of tan head. The retention was very good and the lacing consistent. The aroma was a pleasant blend of crystal malt and aromatic hops, floral and a little spicy. The flavors were similar, a well balanced IPA. Though I clearly tasted the hops, especially at first, I felt the malt backbone was solid and sweet enough to keep the citric and floral hops from being too in-your face. The alcohol was also well concealed. The mouthfeel was good ,the body medium/full and the carbonation perfect. Yet another success from this location and a very approachable example of a black IPA.

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

a dark american ale that is as consistent as the brewpub coined porter but bright and dry and equally so toffee. Pour is like a rustic porter. Nice lace. Nose pine, cherrywood and toffee. Palate is a coffee and malt with a hint of caramel and floral note. Pretty simple but standard and touches all the bases.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color, much darker than your average IPA (I thought it was a brown ale). It smells of nice citrusy and piney hops. While drinking, it leaves a nice thick lacing down the side of the glass. The taste is perfectly balanced with lots of up front hop character, grapefruit rind, and some piney flavors. There's just enough malt flavor to give it enough balance, but this one is about the hops. It's a nice medium-full bodied beer with a slightly oily quality to it. It's very drinkable and well worth a taste. In addition to the 6.66% ABV, they say it's 66.6 IBU.

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Photo of VtBrew
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep dark brown in color. I can't see through it. Head is tan and rocky. Lacing leave some nice rings through out.

Smell. Sweet maltiness. Hops with a meaty malt aroma right behind. Toasted coffee notes also.

Taste: sweet bitters a combo of bitterness from hops and malt. Finish is slighty warming and coating...
Fruity resiny opens up throughout.

Overall/mouthfeel: mouthfeel is chewy. Hops and malt linger. Alright driinkabilty but a bit clowing. I don't drink many dark beers so my tongue felt coated others may feel different.

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Mortal Sin from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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