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Blackwatch | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of BubbleBobble
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the brewery, the appearance was pure black in color with a small white foamy head. Subtle lace. The aroma had some harsh grapefruit bittersweet hops up front, fairly determined to try and lean towards the bitter side but still embracing a nice sweetness underneath. The flavor was basically the same with a semi-abrupt little bit of black licorice to lend a sly little kick of spice. Mostly balanced in the aftertaste. Mild sectioned off spicy to sweet finish, weird. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent flow from the spice kick to the sweet smooth, really nicely done balanced sort of feel to it. ABV felt good. Overall, so is this supposed to be the standard of Black IPA’s, if so, thank you Greg Noonan. I hope I gave you the service you deserve by having this.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gatch
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cask? Dark brown with shades of Amber and a light brown frothy head. Good aromas of roasted sweet malt and hops. Well balanced and plenty of hops for the discerning palate. A true black IPA. Smooth, creamy, good finish.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of founddrama
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Caramel and a malty note underneath that and a hop bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of LutherBrau
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the brewpub bar. This was my favorite of the beers I sampled. It's dark and hoppy, with a decent balance between the two characters. My only complaint is that the citrus doesn't stand out from the grains as much as some black ales. Still, there was a nice bite that matched the bitter grains. A fine ale.

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Photo of battleaxebrewery
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask poured into a pint glass paired with a brownie sundae and boy is it good together!

Pours a dark black with a nice small dark brown head. Nose is flat and tame a bit of bitterness.

Taste is sweet, bitter and a nice and dark toasty chocolate coffee flavor that works very well on cask. Mouthfeel is a bit too light, kind of flat and a dry finish. Overall decent but a great dessert beer.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given to me as a gift in growler from family who was vacationing in Vermont. Didn't expect too much from it, so it was pleasantly surprising that it was not half bad. Dare I say it was rather good for a small pub-brew. Smell is faint of hops and bitters. Very dark with little to no head. Smooth but flat. A little bitter on the backside like most IPAs.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of the elusive black IPAs I have come to enjoy. Off the tap it was indeed an opaque brown, nearly-black color. The tan head was one finger, displayed very good retention especially as a skim and left good lacing. The aroma was light, floral hops and rich malts. The flavors were outstanding, solid citrus rind and floral hops balanced with roasted malt, sweet malt, coffee and milk chocolate. A best-of-both-worlds beer. The mouthfeel was smooth but slightly oily, the body medium/full and the carbonation light. A sessionable IPA and a very unusual offering. One of the best beers they have produced in a while, try it!

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Photo of shanem
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black with very small head left tons of lace down the glass

S: Roasted malt, slight bit of sweetness and some hop aroma

T: Excellent, had the dark smooth roasty malt flavor with a little hop bite you would expect from an IPA, but not as much as you would normally get from a standard one

M: had great texture but did seem a tiny bit thin

D: I feel I could go with several pints of this easy, tastes amazing and very easy to drink.

Really thought it was the best of both worlds. I'm a big dark beer fan, and not a huge hop head and I thought this balanced both perfectly. Great job VPB!

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a one-finger head. Aroma is both hoppy and malty at the same time, similar to a highly-hopped stout. Taste is roasty and bitter. The dry-hopped Fuggles show through well and add some character to this beer. The bitterness is nice and yet subdued. You wouldn't know this was an IPA if you didn't check the style. Not bad but at the same time, tastes too much like a stout to me.

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Blackwatch from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 21 ratings