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Church Brew M Amarillo Black Ale

Church Brew M Amarillo Black Ale
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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After eleven years I am proud to unveil our 1,000th batch of beer. The brew crew wanted to do something off the wall to help celebrate this momentous occasion. So I give to you M. This beer can not be categorized into one beer style. It incorporates two styles into one brew. The first style and base of the brew is a stout. You will notice that the beer is as dark as our oatmeal stout and has a rich full body. We achieved this with the addition of a significant amount of chocolate malt. The second style of beer incorporated into the brew is an IPA. If you smell the brew you will notice a significant hop aroma from the use of the Pacific Northwest hop Amarillo. We achieved this by dry hopping the brew with twenty pounds of Amarillo’s in the fermenter. Upon first sip you will taste espresso and chocolate similar to a good stout. After that the citrus hop bite kicks in and lingers on the palate through the finish like a good IPA. We went all out on this brew to reward our loyal customers through the years. Cheers, Brewer B Brewing Details: Original Gravity: 14.5°Plato (1.058 S.G.) Hop Bitterness: 50 IBU’s Grain Used: Pale, Munich, Caramel, Black, & Chocolate Hops Used: Northern Brewer & Amarillo Approximate Alcohol: 5.5% by volume


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanscourt (737) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Interesting go at it. Wonderful aroma. Kind of strange flavor. Maltiness present and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkSachon (574) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft, courtesy of Matt the Church Brew Works representative at Caliente in Pittsburgh. Thank you for the opportunity to sample this very nice selection. This was the firkin choice for the first Friday and it was a good one. Immediate notes of citrus on a low headed and flat draft. A nice amber to brown color through the glass. Some tang on the start and finish with a creamy mouth feel ---- very smooth. Could have used more body and gravity to bring this to excellence.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1256) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Draft at glaciers @ hidden valley. Pours a black color with medium head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, floral hops, slight caramel. Nice roasted malt flavors. Medium light bitterness. Medium light body. Slight chalky. Would have again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1562) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
On tap at Mad Mex Shadyside. Smokey malts aroma with a hint of hops. The hops come out nicely in the clean bitter finish. Very well balanced beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Sampled on draft at D’s in Monroeville this beer poured a very dark brown color with a small creamy tan head that left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and gritty with floral and light piney hops. The flavor was dryish piney and floral hops with a gritty presence (like eating hop pellets) and a faint malty base. None of the roastiness that is typical for the style. The finish was long and dryish with lingering pine and floral hops. Medium body but fairly smooth. Decent.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4005) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 Had this on tap at the Allegheny 6 Pack and Doghouse , nice place. I looked thru the listings and couldn’t find it so here it is. Big and black with a rocky tan head. Smell is just plain beery good with a small olfactory hit of pine. Some co2 but fairly flat. Taste is big and bitter,m as expected for the style. Pretty rude and it does taste like a dark IPA. A little over the top for this lager lover. Big long bitter linger, did I say its on style?
Earlier Rating: 7/5/2010 Total Score: 2.1
So this was my July 4th beer for 2010! Drank it with my wife. On tap at the brewery. Smells like a bitter IPA, you know, all floral hops and such. Looks like a really attractive stout, has lots of tan choco moose head and a its really black in the glass. First taste is virtually flat. Quite bitter chewing on green grapefruit rinds and spruce needles. Quite strong IPA wise but has a relatively watery and thin palate. Not viscous oily or mouthcoating like many IPA. Finish is bitter medicine. Medium strong lasting linger. Overall, reminds me of many darker rye IPA i’ve sampled. Yep, just an IPA masquerading as a stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2754) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours a very dark color-black with an aroma of hops, roasted malts, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee up front with a hope bitter closing. Really nice beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10550) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Draft at BMRAF 08. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee & chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Medium roasted balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4/26/08: Firkin version at Barley’s 6th Annual Mini RAF
Chocolate malt aroma with a bit of hop. Body is a deep brown color. Malty flavor with espresso, chocolate and vanilla notes followed by citrus. Finish is bitter. An interesting marriage of the two styles, can’t say I am a big fan though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7882) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Firkin version at Barley’s 6th Annual Mini RAF (04/26/08): This beer pours black with a medium thick light tan head that recedes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and hops. Medium-bodied with a roasty and hoppy character. Flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and touches of citrus are present as well. The finish is burnt malt and hops with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


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