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Big Boss “Night Knight”  88 B+   This seasonal black ale has a sufficient load of hops, enough to fall under the novel hybrid classification ‘black IPA.’ It smells like a nicely hopped stout. Aromas are light with citrus and pine hop aromas merging with a dark undercurrent hinting at coffee and chocolate. Sweet molasses initiates the palate, followed closely by cocoa powder as the roasted quality of the malt moves forward. At the moment dark malts lay down their final blow, hops slide in with an herbal pine character that sends the finish into a bitter tailspin. Things soon level out, leaving with a balanced blend of roasted bitterness, hints of tart blackberry, ale yeast, some citrus, and a drop of hop oil. The alcohol level is perfect, not too much or too little.   This is a good beer with plenty to offer the dark beer lovers, as well as the hop heads. Sufficient space is allowed for malt to breathe, with plenty of darkness to balance out the earthy bitterness. Both seem to get their moment to shine, but it all comes together nicely in the end. Hops are slightly more dominant on the flavor, but the feel comes across more like a porter, active carbonation up front, then creamy on the back end. This is my favorite fusion style, because it blends together the best of both worlds…my two favorite beer flavors twisted into one. While I can think of at least three other black IPA’s I like better, I’m not disappointed. On the contrary, I found this to be a good drinking experience, and I think there’s some good flavors happening. While it doesn’t live up to the $6.00 price I paid, none the less, I recommend it.  6.5% 64 IBU Raleigh, North Carolina Best Dark Beer, Best Beer, Night Knight, Black Ipa, Tomorrow Is Not Promised, Beers Of The World, Beer Lovers, Beer Bottle, Ale
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Big Boss “Night Knight” 88 B+ This seasonal black ale has a sufficient load of hops, enough to fall under the novel hybrid classification ‘black IPA.’ It smells like a nicely hopped stout. Aromas are light with citrus and pine hop aromas merging with a dark undercurrent hinting at coffee and chocolate. Sweet molasses initiates the palate, followed closely by cocoa powder as the roasted quality of the malt moves forward. At the moment dark malts lay down their final blow, hops slide in with an herbal pine character that sends the finish into a bitter tailspin. Things soon level out, leaving with a balanced blend of roasted bitterness, hints of tart blackberry, ale yeast, some citrus, and a drop of hop oil. The alcohol level is perfect, not too much or too little. This is a good beer with plenty to offer the dark beer lovers, as well as the hop heads. Sufficient space is allowed for malt to breathe, with plenty of darkness to balance out the earthy bitterness. Both seem to get their moment to shine, but it all comes together nicely in the end. Hops are slightly more dominant on the flavor, but the feel comes across more like a porter, active carbonation up front, then creamy on the back end. This is my favorite fusion style, because it blends together the best of both worlds…my two favorite beer flavors twisted into one. While I can think of at least three other black IPA’s I like better, I’m not disappointed. On the contrary, I found this to be a good drinking experience, and I think there’s some good flavors happening. While it doesn’t live up to the $6.00 price I paid, none the less, I recommend it. 6.5% 64 IBU Raleigh, North Carolina