As has been mentioned in past Sunday Night Suds blog posts, this years's winter mix box contains two bottles of old favorite Pale Ale (reviewed here (kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-pale-ale.html), more recent offerings 4059 Porter (reviewed herekosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/11/sunday-night-suds-saranac-4059-porter.html) and Legacy IPA (reviewed herekosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/02/sunday-night-suds-saranac-legacy-ipa.html ), as well as new offerings Chai Brown Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/12/sunday-night-suds-saranac-chai-brown-ale.html) Long John Lager (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunday-night-suds-saranac-long-john.html) and Into the Dark.
It seemed odd to me that Saranac released the Into The Dark Black IPA, so quickly after last year's delicious Moonshadow Black IPA (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2013/11/sunday-night-suds-saranac-moonshadow.html). After tasting the beer, I am slightly disappointed as the Into The Dark Black IPA does not live up to the standard set by last year's version of the Black IPA.
This beer pours a deep dark black (see picture above) with more than a fair amount of lacing. There was more malt than I would usually want in an IPA and the hops were severely subdued. The beer has a 6.5% abv, and I actually did feel the alcohol when I consumed this a few hours after dinner tonight.
Saranac Into the Dark Black IPA is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac brews some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
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