DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Very dark brown, near black color. Thin khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Nice smoke in the nose, some roast malts. That smell is amplified in the flavor. Huge big ashy smoke, and heavy roast. Maybe one of the ashiest beers I’ve ever had. Smells like an ashtray, but it’s not terrible. I’m interested in this. Some dark fruit, raisin, licorice notes. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Bigger bitterness. Some light alcohol warmth. drinks like maybe 9-10%. Maybe a light bite in the finish. Damn good ashy smokey schwarzbier. This appeals to me.
decaturstevo (5206) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is smokey, peaty, earthy, and malt. Ashey, smokey, and a nice bitter finish. Medium body and a tad fizzy. ok beer
tricyclist (833) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint pour of deep dark with a loose khaki head. Nose was roasted malt an ash, as to be expected. Smokey almost. Flavor was similar with roasted malt, slightly smooth, and more ash and almost smoke. Not bad, but not outta this world. I’m used to my schwarzbier’s being a little smoother.
BMMillsy (1515) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (bomber) picked up from the brewery right when released. Pours essentially black with a big creamy brown head, just looks like a creamy imperial stout. No question that there is wood in this beer. Big smokey ash wood aroma sort of like I am standing in the lumber section if Home Depot. Some light sweetness, chocolate, and roasted malt behind this but it is dominated by the wood. Good grief. Flavor is big woody ash, used cigarette butts, light roast and chocolate, and more ash. You really have to be in the mindset for this one. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and goes down easy enough. I don't think this is bad despite tasting like a burnt cigarette with some extra sweetness. I guess they hit what they were going for. Weird but not terrible. Wouldn't go for it again though.
HonusWagner (1598) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
An interesting beer that ultimately fails to satisfy. Has an umami character in the middle of a very ashy lightly chocolatey semisweet meatiness. Almost a dark fruit character. Harsh in the back of the palate. I’m sure this is an awesome beer for some palates but for me it’s hard to drink a lot of.
gnoff (7975) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Luekens, Clearwater (thanks Brian / not on ratebeer). Sampled on January 24, 2014.
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, malty, mushroom scent. Dry, wood, ash taste. Wood, dry aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, dry medium high bitterenss,
sloshgator (462) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash is a unique collaboration. Nice chocolatey aroma although not real intense. Black pour with a tan head that hangs nicely. Taste is chocolatey with maybe a bit of caramel and a little bitter on the palate. CCB has a hit with this collab -- I suggest doing more.
dchmela (2676) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Oblivion. Pours black with an light tan head. Ash, smoke, roasted grain and hints of caramel in aroma. Smoky dry roasted grain, touches of toffee in taste. Decent brew but overly smoky.
suprchunk (2336) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black pour. Big tan head. Tons of lacing. A burnt aroma with a huge dill smell like a pickle. Taste is a rubbery char. A slight bit of the dill stays. Not the best combo for a beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 ounce bomber - Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Black pour with a foamy, wispy, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Burnt, blackened roasted malts, smoky oozing tar, heavy ash wood. Piercing and jarring, the aroma is a bit distressing.
Taste: Blackened, chary roast and burnt toast -- woof! -- heavily smoky, heavily burnt, just all kinds of earthy. Peppery. Tangy. Absolutely rippling with creosote. Fire-roasted blackberry. It’s coarse. This beer will have you flailing and hollering like a hysterical orangutan.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sleek, slick mouthfeel.
Overall: The twenty-two ounces contained within the bomber were an absolute fight to get through. Where’s unclemattie when I need him?