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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.


2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GJF (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 3, 2011
On tap at the gaithersburg pub. Lovely aroma, nice black pour with thin white head, but the flavor just didn’t work for me. The mint is kind of overpowering so that I really only wanted a sip or two--points for uniqueness, but not for me really.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2011
I am honestly surprised by the number of high ratings this beer has received. On the first day of this year’s Oregon Brewers’ Festival there was immediately a queue for this beer. People were ordering entire pints before it ran out; and a large number of those people ended up emptying their glasses onto the grass. Sure it looks great with it’s rocky foam and intensely dark colour but then it all falls apart. This beer is cough-syrup all the way through, the menthol-medicinal nose and the pulpy raspberry flavours collide in a very misjudged and tragic accident. Sure, it didn’t taste like it was 10.5% but that was all it had going for it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Mint raspberry i8mperial stout?? It works. Yes a desert beer but not overly sweet. The aroma is york peppermint patty, maybe more milk chocolate than dark. Very deep brown with a garnet tinge, and a medium brown head. A syrupy berry flavor (between rasp- and straw-) w/ mint, dark chocolate roast malt and a line of resiny hops to keep things from going overboard. Kind of combo that only a brewer like dogfish head could pull off.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
I can’t believe this stout hasn’t gotten some higher scores, especially with the way stouts seem to be highly celebrated here on RB (no disrespect intended, of course!). I loved this beer! It pours a black color with a deep brown head that leaves a thick lace around the glass. The nose was complex, strong and very much on the fruity side, but very inviting and sensual. I noticed the mint, along with some coffee and chocolate. The body was also complex, but featured quite the complexity and layered flavors. I tasted mostly chocolate, coffee and malt up front, but then the layers took over. First, I tasted some mint, then some chocolate malt, followed by some coffee, and then the fruits took over. I also tasted some black licorice toward the finish. This is definitely a complex brew, full of flavor and character. I know they bottle some of their other ’color combination’ brews. I hope they bottle this one, because I’m gonna stock-up! The Black & Red is incredibly delicious, complex and just pure awesomeness!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4 oz pour at the Rehoboth Brewpub. this one is underrated! black pour with a small tan head. big mint nose with layers of chocolate. medium body with mint, cream, chocolate and vanilla. this is like drinking mint chocolate chip ice cream! mint / chocolate finish with spearmint and sugar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2590) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 21 July 2011, tap at the brewpub. thin looking, black and clear. lots of mint and slightly dark, slightly sour chocolate. reminds me of andes mints. full body and fizzy. sugary alcohol mint w/ some sour and woody notes. wow! interesting, unique and good for certain occasions. but in small serving sizes. this is a lot of mint and a lot of beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty minty aroma with roasted hints. Sweetish roasted malty raspberry flavor with hints of mint. Has a roasted malty sweetish minty raspberry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcos (1525) - Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Location/Date:A small 2-3 oz taste at the Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

Appearance: Pours dark like a stout/porter with nice reddish head.
Aroma: Aroma is of pure mint leaves,
Taste: My exact notes are "junior mints crossed with raspberries, in a beer".
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: I am glad I was offered a sample by the bartender on her recommendation, cause i had a Burton Baton afterwards. This is an interesting beer idea but the taste is not for me. I saw others drinking full pours. Somebody has to.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Draft @ Two Stones in NewArk. Thin tan head with decent retention and some spotty lace. Black in color, opaque. Nose asserting itself from a foot away. Mint and chocolate up front with the berries slidin in there. Body is med/full on the palate, oily with a soft carbonation. Yeah its fairly aggresive and tough to drink. Its actually not as bad as some have made it out to be imho. Yeah its sweet but the roast helps dampen that somewhat. The chocolate and berries blend reasonably well. The mint is sorta outta place but makes it interesting. A little roast and chocolate kind of keep it all together. Alcohol heat is minimal and carries it along. Finish is warm and lasting. Not one you,d drink alot of but not all that bad, surprisingly. 8 oz. sample, which was definately enough.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - JUN 15, 2011
Easily the worst DFH beer I’ve ever had. Minty chocolate vomit with a hint of berry. Looks good in the glass, though.


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