unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle. Solid black pour, black patent, with dark brown foam. Smells of burnt, charred sugars. Aromas of wood aged, smokey malts, ash aged whisky. Smells seductive! Tastes of heavy burnt malts, smoked grains, wood aged scotch whisky, hints of chocolate. Loads of smoke, char, and booze. Overall, this beer tastes like organic hickory charcoal. Has a lingering flavor of charcoal lighter fluid that is a touch unappealing, otherwise we’d be at a perfect score. So much dark character. (3942)
Cybercat (5171) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comes out of the bottle a deep sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black with a thick and fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is seriously smoky - maybe a little too much so, though I love smoky beers. Flavor has a strong burnt malty overtone plus hints of roast quality coffee and roast malt, and a snip of licorice. Texture is thick, fizzy and smooth. OK, like drinking liquid ashes, but I like that! Hell!
sloshgator (714) - 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.
Gachupines (1251) - USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thick tan head. Aroma is woody with a touch of oak and general burnt wood. A little bit of roasted malt is noticeable. Flavor is very woody with a little bit of vanilla. Roasted malt, but a clean finish. Heavy up front, but surprisingly light aftertaste.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from New Leaf. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Very interesting aroma of tanned leather, wood charcoal, dry black malt, smoke with light chocolate. Smooth light body, ashes, smoke, wet leather, chocolate, licorice and black malt. Insanely complex and interesting. Never tasted anything like this before. So good.
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! This is different. Pours very black with a very earthy nose. The taste is much the same, and though not exactly my favorite type of beer, I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was a departure from the norm.
jcartamdg (3144) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark black with a thick mocha head. Aroma of smoke, licorice, sassafras, char, smoke and leather. Taste is smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, sassafras, mint, herbal notes and hickory smoke. Thick and viscous, especially for a lager. This is one of the most interesting, complex beers I’ve ever had. I could not drink this all the time but wow, this is such a cool beer.
Beardaxe (293) - - JAN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber into tulip. Black appearance with moderate head. Heavy woody aroma. At first taste I was entirely put off. Pungent, sharp wood dominates in an off putting way. After a more drinks though my tongue began to adapt and the beer started to open up. Warming also helped. As I got into, I began to really love it. Great balance, great mouthfeel. The smokiness from the wood is as advertised and unique. In fact, lots of things about this beer are unique it's hard to pin down. After trying hundreds and hundreds of beers, that's pretty commendable.
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jbruner (4116) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to kantrauch! Pours a dark brownish black with bubbly tan head that leaves good lace. Aroma is heavy on the wood, ash I guess, roastiness on the back end. Taste is peppery wood and vegital crispness, heavy roast on the back end. Interesting, heavy on the wood, ashy aftertaste, but overall it’s great stuff, wow.
Ferris (12909) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Peat, smoke and char. Jet black with a thin head. Stinky cheese, the really ripe ashy skunky kind. Smokey, peaty, stinky and crazy. Love it.