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Back In Black

September, 2015
Judges Rating: 
85
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
4 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer poured a very dark brown, near-black color with very nice carbonation and a solid, dark tan head. It had slightly burnt roasted malt aromas with no noticeable hops in the nose. The beer had a nice balance of roasted malts and hops that melded with the prominent smokiness. Though this beer features some interesting flavors, it doesn't really display the bitterness of most Black IPAs. Still though, this beer featured a nice, medium body and a full, creamy mouthfeel that resulted in a very smooth and clean finish in the aftertaste. A solid Black IPA that's let down by its lack of traditional IPA bitterness.

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