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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Black & Red is a velvety smooth dry-minted stout with a serious fruit problem! The huge portion of heavily roasted grains brings a dry, chocolaty character which contrasts its sweet fruity full body. As you tilt your glass, youll notice that the black color you are perceiving is actually a very deep reddish hue and the rich creamy foam has a tinge of pink to it. Black & Red starts off roasted and warming with a robust mintiness from 100lbs of organic mint (from our friends at Washington’s Green Grocer) added to the secondary fermentation and finishes out sweet and smooth.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
on draft at iron abbey. Aroma is highly mint. Almost smells exactly like mint chip ice cream. Could be off putting; it almost reminded me of something medicinal. Flavor is also very minty but opens up to some more complex flavors. slight leathery, or tawny flavors almost give it a tart flavor. Very peculiar, don’t think i could drink more than one, which would be a sipper for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2011
black with a small tan head... chocolate mint aroma, lightly tart, aroma, flavor matches, with the addition of what i thought was raspberries adding a tart fruity dimension that wasnt necessary but was interesting... kinda like mint chocolate chip ice cream meet black raspberry ice cream.. mildly sweet, medium full body, keeps you wanting to go back trying to find the nuances beneath the choc mint that you just cant find... has a light bit of a medicinal cough syrup aroma...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Holy wow! This pours dark and near black with a thin head and really no lacing to speak of. Mint mint mint and more mint in the nose giving this a unique candycane aroma. There is also a chocolate quality that gives this a special layer of complexity. This all translates to the palate making it taste like a chocolate covered candycane. The only problem is that the mint is too over powering.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeremytoni (2982) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2011
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Strong fruity sweet stout flavor with an odd lingering mint flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
On tap at DFH. Poured very dark with a small sized head. Aromas of mint, fruity, roast, and chocolate. Tastes of alcohol, raspberries, and mint. Syrupy and sweet. Had a hard time finishing up a sampler size.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Draft at the Busy Bee in Raleigh. Almost black pour with dark ruby tint snd huge head. Nose of roast grain, chocolate, some raspberry, and mint. Fair enough... but the taste... a total mess: super minty, sweet, chocolatey, and raspberry syrup. Imagine mixing a tablespoon of Crest with a half cup of raspberry jam, dumping half a container of Hershey’s syrup on top, and then dumping that into a pint of imperial stout. Blech.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Opaque black with a tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, and mint with light alcohol as well. Taste was much of the same, light raspberry there as well, alcohol came through to cut the cloying mint and roasted notes. Glad I only had 1 sip of this.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2011
On tap at Rehoboth brewpub. Poured a very deep brown with a thin dense tan head that laced the glass. The aroma was dominated with hints of mint, dried dark fruits and cocoa. Then it all went wrong. Too complex for its own good, a ridiculous blend of fruits and mint with a subtle underlying hint of traditional style stout. Very medicinal. Smooth and creamy texture with light prickly carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzuriel (1310) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
On tap at the charlotte flying saucer, served in a tulip snifter. Liquid is a deep black opaque that thins with a reddish cast. Nose is something chocolatey but with hints of mint. Taste is full chocolate cherry mint. Strong, full and powerful. Definitely a sipping drink. Aftertaste is lingering sweet mint kiss. Mouthful is full, luxurious and silk. Powerful amazing beer.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3766) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Wow. Sampled on draft at BeerRun. what a crazy beer. Definitely dessert in a glass. Jet black pour with good brown head ring. Massive mix of chocolate and mint that smells EXACTLY like a york peppermint patty. Flavor is just over the top, alcohol is hot, and its almost like drinking chocolate syrup. The flavor is also more medicinal, like menthol mouthwash from after you visit the dentist. Certainly glad I only had a shot to drink, couldn’t have had more than an ounce or two in one sitting!


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