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Review by joe1510 on 11/29/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 3 8 2009
22oz Bomber

The nose on this IPA is like nothing I’ve really come across before. The malt base lends itself to a big chocolaty note with a decent cold coffee backing. The hops are pretty straightforward with fistfuls of grapefruit pith and a decent pine showing. The pine and grapefruit meld in a way that makes it almost tough to pull apart. The hoppiness rounds out the malt body nicely and makes for an interesting combination.

The taste can’t quite stand up to the nose but it’s an all around solid IPA. The chocolate isn’t as bold as the nose led me to think but there is a nice baker’s chocolate quality to it while mid-palate brings along some of that cold coffee. The chocolate actually comes along richer and slightly bitter on the finish while a decent pine and grapefruit pith hoppiness lend a solid bitterness that fades rather quickly. The darker malts used in the brewing of this IPA set it apart from many others and the chocolate notes make for a nice twist on a classic IPA.

The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and could actually use a bit more heft. It’s not too far off but could easily use a little more creaminess. The carbonation is also on the lower side which is appreciated when compared to a higher bubbled beer with a body this light. The carbonation allows the beer to slowly work its way through my mouth.

A bomber of this wouldn’t be a chore at all to put down in a sitting. As a matter of fact I could handle a few pints at a time and still be interested. The unique hop profile and malt backing keep me coming back for drink after drink.

I have to give Brian credit for this IPA. It’s one of the best black IPAs I have ever had and one I will most likely pick up again in the very near future. Of all his IPAs thus far I’d have to say this is his second best behind the infamous FUDOB. Thanks for the sample, Dave!

Reviewed: 11/27/09

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 11/29/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2009
Stumbled across bottles of this new Flossmoor IPA randomly at EV1 today and had to at least give it a whirl (heard some good feedback from a few guys). Poured from a black wax topped 22oz. bomber into a Surly imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a rich chocolatey brown/black color with dark bloody red highlights around the edge when held to a light. Verging on opaque though. A creamy, frothy 2 finger cappucinno colored head builds quickly and has nice retention, taking several minutes to recede into a thick cap. Plenty of dripping streaks and sheets of lace are left clinging to the sides of the glass. Looks pretty spot-on for a black IPA to me.

S: The smell is actually very vibrant and hoppy, much to my surprise coming from Flossmoor recently ;) It leads with a big wave of resinous piny, slightly tropical-slanted citrus hoppiness before a modest balancing wave of chocolate and roasted/semi-burnt caramel come in to lend some sweetness to the equation. The Chinook presence is clearly evident and actually packs some minor floral-dankness to it as well. I’m digging the aroma combination of subtle cocoa and bigtime hops present here.

T: The taste is actually a little more chocolatey than I was expecting based on the aroma, but the hops still play a crucial role in the flavor profile. It quickly leads with earthy and resinous pine and minor citrus pith hoppiness (accompanied by a good level of bitterness) before the cocoa powder, subtle dark chocolate/coffee, and roasted grain/burnt-caramel sweetness balances things out….almost a little too much actually, I’d prefer the hops to stay out front for longer but overall it strikes a nice harmony.

M: The mouthfeel is solidly medium bodied with a crisp but moderate level of carbonation, The consistency is mostly dry-ish and bitter (both hoppy-wise and from the dark malts) but there is a bit of initial stickiness to aid in the overall coating. Bitterness is moderate and relents its “tingle” just a bit too quickly for my tastes. Alcohol heat is hidden very well overall.

D: When I heard Flossy’s next IPA was going to be a black IPA I was admittedly skeptical, but it was pulled of rather successfully overall. Dry-hopping obviously went down in the process as the aroma is the best part of this brew, but everything else is enjoyable as well. Don’t think this will stand the test of time for very long but right now it’s drinking quite nicely for a black IPA.

After Hop Huffer I was disheartened with Flossmoor’s IPAs, but Black Magic is a step or two (at LEAST…god HH was awful…) in the right direction. I’d recommend trying it ASAP though since their IPAs don’t hold up very well after a month or so, but right now at this point in time I’d definitely recommend it.

Price: $9.29 Served In: Pint Glass

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