I heard about this beer a few months ago when it was being brewed and before my trip to Vermont. After trying a couple of Lawson’s beers and all the varieties from Maine Beer Company I knew this would be a good beer. Ended up grabbing 4 bottles from The Vault in Lewiston and I believe as I write this they still have a few bottles left.
The first thing you will notice is the appearance; dark brown almost black color with a thick head that rises well above the rim of the glass. Almost looks like a root beer float. Aroma has some nice roasted malts up front followed by some citrus. The taste is very interesting with those roasted malts coming through with some coffee/chocolate but then the hops kick in and finishes with a nice bitterness. Very interesting taste and mouth feel as it has plenty of malt character but also a nice hop bite. Many black IPAs just seem to be darker colored versions of your typical IPA but that is not the case with this one. It has the hop flavor but also lives up to the color. An excellent beer all around and something you should try to find if you have not already had it.
Pros: Complex flavors
Cons: Will be hard to find
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: A hoppy American dark ale incorporating New England-grown barley, wheat, rye, and whole cone hops. Special thanks to Valley Malt for malting up the special batch of local Chocolate Rye and Crystal Wheat.
Vitals: Color – Dark Brown / ABV – 7.2% / O.G. – 1.069 / Malt – American 2-Row, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Rye, Crystal Wheat, Caramel 80L, Midnight Wheat, Flaked Oats / Hops – US Magnum, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus