Dead Frog Brewery – Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire: Is a dark IPA brewed in Aldergrove, BC and is part of Dead Frog’s 22 oz bottle release lineup. I promptly poured this into a beer glass, sat on the patio and started to take notes ans I drank it.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a dark reddish brown with two fingers of foam, some good head retention and no visible bubbles. The aroma is citrusy sweet, with tangerine, grapefruit, charred malt and some caramel that sneaks in there when it warms.
Flavour: Dark toasted bread, citrus, mango and caramel with a dry, ashy bitter finish that was reminiscent of a fire grilled grapefruit. Sadly, the aftertaste was more like cigarette to me, bad nasty cigarette taste.
Overall Impression: I really liked it until the aftertaste, I really did but sadly I poured half of it down the drain.
Rating: I personally give it a terrible rating of 2/10 because for me it was a drain pour. Now, this beer is rated high online and lots of people like it so please try it and make up your own mind, however for me the cigarette aftertaste was such a turn off that I hated it enough to dump it.
Food Pairing: Something smokey I guess, perhaps a cigarette?
I was dissapointed more in my palette than anything here, but I can’t argue with my taste buds so my personal rating stands. I love this style of beers, I love smokey stouts and porters so it was disappointing to say the least and it wasn’t an experience I wanted to collect.