RateBeer
overall
82
23
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Black Rat is a juggernaut of a beer. This imperial, milk stout is big and full of flavor and may remind you of an Irish coffee with lots of cream and sugar. This monster beer clocks in at 9.2% A.B.V. It truly is bitter sweet and velvety smooth.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3815) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft: Pours Black with a short tan head. Aroma of cocoa and cola....roasty. Taste is chocolate, sweet milk. Very tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Tap sample. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate, coffeel and small alcohol aroma. Moderate sweet roasted coffee malt flavor with a moderate sweet and small alcohol bite finish of average duration. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7746) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Draft. Ashy lactic chocolate malt aroma. Black with minimal head. Sweet ashy lactic chocolate malt flavor. Not bad - smooth for its ABV.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2987) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Tap at Cincy Beerfest. Chocolate, coffee, and ash aroma. Near black with a small tan head. Coffee, lactic chocolate, and earthy flavor. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Tasted at Cincinnati Winter Beer Fest 2013. Good tan head. Decent lace. Roasty aroma. Chocolate. Bitter taste. Medium to bigger body. Smooth carbonation. Kind of toasty malt, a hint of tobacco. Not bad, but something lacking in the body, I think. Smooth, but little chewiness. Likely too cold for my liking, not something that can be helped in this setting. Little dark fruit notes, some herbal hops. Kind of a sweet molasses finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Draft at CWBF - pours dark brown with light brown head and decent lacing. Nose is coffee and caramel. Flavor is dominated by the yeast as in it is just getting better or worse: too mature or immature. Bittersweet.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1039) - Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Pours deep brown with a thick fat brown foam. I’m glad this tastes better than it smells. Like soured chocolate milk, this one is hard to get by, but once you do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Lots of chocolate a sweet malt. Full mouthfeel and residual sweetness from the lactose. Finishes long. Just wish the aroma was better.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2011. Pours pitch black color with a fluffy 2-3 finger dark khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice foamy lacing on the glass, with a lot of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and light fruitiness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, toast, nuttiness, and light fruitiness. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, toast, and light fruitiness on the finish for a good bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout! Great balance of roasted and sweet flavors, with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2012
bit too much lactose sweetness and not enough roast and complexity for an imperial stout, not quite smooth enough for a milk stout. Not really the bests of both worlds, but not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a huge tan head. Malty and roasty nose with dark fruit and chocolate notes. Chocolate and dark fruit in the flavor with some booziness before a bitter roasty finish.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1  2  3 4


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50