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822. Baxter Brewing The Daughters of Poseidon

Baxter Brewing The Daughters of PoseidenThis is actually a really old review that I had the notes but couldn’t find the photo and then came across it so decided I would post just in case this beer came back around. If you still have a can of this chances are it has changed a lot as it would be about 18 months old.

Daughters of Poseidon is a black IPA and if you follow my blog you know this is not my favorite style. Color is almost entirely black with a thick off white head. I find these canned shaped glasses often increase the size of the head significantly. Aroma was almost entirely roasted malts; chocolate, coffee with a bit of citrus hops and some alcohol present. Taste follows with a big roasty start and the hops come through only in a big bitter finish. Not sure where the oysters come in but this beer was brewed with oysters at some point in the process.

If you like black IPAs you would probably enjoy this one but it seems to be a style that many craft beer drinkers avoid. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Black India Pale Ale brewed with Oysters

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671. Amager Bryghus Black Nitro

Amager Black NitroI don’t drink a lot of European beer as I tend to drink beer from breweries I work with or ones that I want to work with and my company is not expanding to Europe any time soon. This beer from Amager is actually a collaboration with Shaun Hill and the bottle was relatively inexpensive so I decided to give it a try.

No surprise that Black Nitro pours a deep brown almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma is almost entirely the dark roasted malts but some citrus does get sneak in. Taste was good with the citrus hops to start and then those dark malts take over with some coffee/chocolate.

The black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale or whatever you want to call is simply a style I cannot get behind. The mix of those wonderful hops with the burnt flavors of the dark roasted malts just doesn’t work for me.  
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Amager Bryghus
Brewers Description:

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508. Wormtown Brewery Dark Day IPA

Wormtown Dark DayIf you follow my blog you know I struggle with black IPAs. I want to like them since they are IPAs but I just can’t buy into the style when there are so many great traditional and double IPAs out there. Wormtown did a nice job with this one and my rating reflects more on the style than the actual beer.

Appearance is very dark brown almost black with thick tan head. Plenty of hops in the aroma gave me hope this one would excel but the taste had an odd mix of hops, roasted malts and maybe some coffee and chocolate.

Overall this is a nice beer and if you like this style than you will certainly enjoy this beer. 
Pros:
Appearance
Cons: Its a black IPA
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Wormtown Brewery
Brewers Description: Dark Day refers to an event that occurred on May 19, 1780, when an unusual darkening of the day sky was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada. The darkness was so complete that candles were required from noon on.” Dark Day IPA is a collaboaration with Dave Richardson from Gardner Ale House. Herbal hop aroma is complimented with roasted malt character. American de-husked roasted barley does not lend a bitter acrid flavor but imparts a roasted character that melds with low level caramelized malts. Big herbal, citrus hop flavors and bitterness clash with roasted and mildly sweet malt. Try Dark Day IPA and then drive to Gardner to try its sister brew Nightcrawler IPA.

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492. Blue Lobster Red Door (Paint it Black)

Blue Lobster Red DoorBlue Lobster is making some great beer in Hampton, NH and if you enjoy craft beer you need to make the trip. When checking out their Facebook page I saw David’s version of a black IPA was on and had to try it as this is a style that I still have not accepted.

Color is not surprising, black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma has plenty of the roasted malts you expect from a black IPA but also a fair amount of piney hops. Taste is where most black IPAs lose me and this one is no different. The huge amounts of roasted malts and just a hint of hops if you really look for them. Bitterness is where it should be for an IPA but I still get lost in all the malts.

Don’t get me wrong this is a good beer and one of the better black IPAs I have had but I simply don’t get this style. If you enjoy black IPAs you will enjoy this beer.
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: VT Black IPA

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473. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #2

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #2Black IPAs are a tough style for me. I have only found a couple that I enjoyed and even those didn’t compare well with the regular and double IPAs. Fortunately on my last trip to Hill Farmstead they had Society & Solitude #2 on tap which is their imperial black IPA.

This beer was amazing pouring almost pitch black color with a thick tan head. Aroma has a lot of pine and fruity with only a hint of the roasted malts. The taste has an outstanding combination of pine, citrus and grapefruit hops with a nice roasted chocolate finish. This beer had a little bit of everything and it was extremely well balanced. At 9.5% ABV you might expect a little alcohol burn or flavor but there is none.

Another amazing beer from Hill Farmstead – I make almost monthly visits to the brewery so if you want to tag along shoot me a message and I will let you know when I am going again.
Pros: Everything
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An Imperial Black IPA.

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461. Maine Beer Weez

Maine Beer WeezThis is the other beer than Maine Beer Company released today. Both Weez and Another One use the same hops but a different malt and with that they create two entirely different beers. The label on this one says ale but it truly is a black IPA which is a style I have not really enjoyed all that much.

As you can see from the photo this beer is very dark with a thick tan head. Unlike Another One the aroma is dominated by the roasted malts with a bit of hops coming through. The hops that are present do not have the overwhelming citrus character that Another One had. Taste is solid with a lot of the burnt/roasted malts from the nose and a slightly bitter hop profile. This one actually finishes a little cleaner than Another One without the film on your tongue and teeth.

Overall this is a very well done beer in a style that I have not yet embraced. In my opinion buy two of Another One and a Weez.
Pros:
Clean finish
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer
Brewers Description: From the website: Hoppy and roasty American IPA, brewed as the dark-colored counterpart to Another One (both beers incorporate the exact same kettle and dry hopping schedule).  Weez presents a blend of hoppy and roasty notes on the nose, followed by hoppy resins on the tongue, and finishes with a deep roast.

From the bottle: This beer is dedicated to all the stray cats out there. Our tasting room helps to fund a local shelter that is dedicated to finding warm homes for every cat that comes its way. Cheers to HART. Another One IPA and Weez use the same hops but different malts. The result – Another One is very light in color and Weez is very dark. Each however, allow the hops to shine out front.

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443. Smuttynose Brewing Noonan Black IPA

Smuttynose Noonan Black IPABlack IPA is still a style that I don’t really understand. I have had a few and the only two that are memorable are Ted Bissell’s homebrew and Foster from Hill Farmstead. The rest are not all that memorable and the Noonan Black IPA falls into that category. This is a nice beer and a good example of the style but nothing to get too excited about.

Color is black with a thin tan head, aroma has more roasted malt, coffee, chocolate than hops but there is some piney/citrus hops in there. Taste is about the same with plenty of hops to start and then the chocolate, roasted malts take over. Still seems an odd combination of flavors for me.

Overall this is a fairly easy drinking black IPA but it is not a style I would drink on a regular basis. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Smuttynose Brewing
Brewers Description: Black IPA doesn’t quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something that’s black also be described as pale?

Noonan is our interpretation of a New England original, the Black IPA. Dark like a porter, but hoppy like an IPA, this seemingly contradictory beer style originated in 1994, in Burlington, Vermont by brewer Glenn Walters and under the watchful eye of Greg Noonan. Greg was many things, a brewing pioneer and author, founder of three brewpubs, 2005 Russell Scherer award winner and genealogist. When Greg passed away suddenly, Smuttynose’s brewing team wanted to brew a beer in his memory and this was the result. We hope you find it a worthy tribute as well.

Noonan (the beer) looks like an ordinary porter or stout, until you get the pint up to your nose. You can’t avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but there’s virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, you’ll notice that the beer doesn’t taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, you’ll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Don’t worry that’s by design; it’s also what we love about the beer.

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442. Grateful Hands Brewing Common Sense IPA

Grateful Hands Common SenseThis is my second beer from Grateful Hands, the other being their Retro IPA. This is their black IPA and another enjoyable beer. The appearance is black, as you would expect, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is more sweet than hoppy but there are some pine, citrus hops in there. Taste certainly leans more towards the sweet roasted malts than hops. The hops are there but way in the background, overall an enjoyable beer but needs more of a hop presence.
Pros:
Flavorful and easy to drink
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 68
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Grateful Hands Brewing
Brewers Description: This dark IPA is built on a malt canvas of American base malts with the addition of a de-husked black malt to give it a dark color and slight roasty flavor without imparting dark, burnt, bitter, or intensely roasty flavors typically derived from dark malts. Summit, Chinook, and Simcoe hops throughout the boil provide clean, pine and citrus flavor and firm bitterness, and a healthy of each as dry hops add a layer of grapefruit and spring-like aroma. Cheers to year-round dark, hoppy goodness!

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402. Sebago Brewing Company Bub

Sebago Brewing BubThis was the very first growler filled at Sebago Brewing. Or at least the first retail growler as I am sure the employees probably had a few before mine. At the time they were offering Bub and Grand Crux so I opted for Bub.

Bub is Sebago’s black IPA which has not been bottled and prior to growler fills it was only available at the brew pubs. The beer pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a thick tan head. Aroma has plenty of piney hops with some roasted chocolate notes, very well done so far. Taste seems to have more of a coffee flavor than the chocolate you get in the smell but it is well balanced and finishes slightly bitter.

This is certainly one of the better black IPAs I have had and hope they bring Bub back for years to come. 
Pros:
Well balanced, flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sebago Brewing
Brewers Description: BUB is from where the heart and hops are. It was created by longtime bartender Tiff Caron. Many who know Tiff from her passion for Craft beer, incredible social skills and love of people will be affectionately called BUB. Originally BUB was just a mere 31 gallon pilot brew released for Halloween 2012 we decided it was so good that it need to be brewed for the people and ramped up the recipe. BUB is full of roasted malts and caramel malts to balance out the huge portions of hops. It is big in flavor and dry on the finish. Don’t be surprised when you’re asked “Whatcha drinkin’ BUB?!”

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387. Uinta Brewing Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

Uinta DubheUinta is new to Maine and they offer a nice variety of beer. This is their Imperial Black IPA which checks in at 9.2% ABV. I tried a couple of their beers at The Vault and ended up with this bottle from my brother-in-law.

As you can see the beer truly is black with a nice thick tan head. Very nice looking black IPA and has a great mix of aromas with plenty of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some earthy hops.

Taste starts with the hops; pine and a bit of citrus then an almost burnt coffee, chocolate taste comes in with a lingering bitterness. Overall not a bad beer but the burnt flavor seems a bit off. Worth trying but I still prefer regular IPAs over their black counterpart. 
Pros:
Appearance
Cons: Burnt Flavor
Alcohol Content: 9.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 109
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Uinta Brewing
Brewers Description: Named Utah’s Centennial Star in 1996, Dubhe (pronounced Doo-bee) illuminates the front of the big dipper from 124 light years away. Dubhe, also known as Alpha Ursae Majoris, is a red giant that appears orange in color and has a mass 4x that of the sun. Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

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