Steph’s New Brew Review: Great Dismal

Steph’s New Brew Review: Great Dismal

O’Connor Brewing Company Great Dismal, a 7.5% ABV Black IPA

Appearance Dark brown with red hues; fluffy tan head.
Aroma Roasted malts and herbal hops.
Taste Coffee, chocolate, and slight smokiness; hop and roasted malt bitterness linger.
Mouthfeel Full bodied; moderate carbonation.
Overall This beer offers a delicious combination of the bitter flavors of hops and roasted malts. Dangerously easy to drink.

Here’s another great beer from Kevin O’Connor and O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk, Virginia. You can read more about Kevin and the history of O’Connor Brewing by reading Steph’s Review of El Guapo.

O’Connor’s new space is located at 211 West 24th Street in Norfolk and is quadruple the size of the previous spot. The new location has a huge beer hall/music venue, a new tasting room with a 24-tap system, a game room, a movie theater-style projector, and a VIP mezzanine with a private bar. The fun, family-friendly environment welcomes both kids and dogs.

Great Dismal was named after the wildlife refuge in Virginia and North Carolina that was used as part of the Intracoastal Waterway at one time. This dark black IPA is extensively hopped both in bittering and aroma. O’Connor recommends pairing this ale with filet mignon, roast duck, deep-fried turkey, and anything chocolate.

Wanna pick this one up? Great Dismal is available on draft and in six packs. Use O’Connor’s brew finder to see if Great Dismal is available near your location!

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