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Sharp hop aroma from the bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge, frothy tan head. Crazy head! Nice fruit, hop, and malt nose, and bark. Flavor is resinous, pine, bitter hop, light malt, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for such a dark ale, but it does cling to the mouth and glass. First taste was a little too bitter for me, but it mellows as I drink the glass. Half a glass gone and there's still a thick head on it, with lacing all the way to the rim. Tasted from the bottle @ 55F.
Can an IPA be black? Semantics aside, this noir version has subtle coffee undertones born of a blend of oats with dark, Munich and crystal malts. What emerges is something deeper, less orthodox, and all its own. After 22 trial runs in our Bend and Portland pubs, we got it right.
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