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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Part of our limited release high gravity series celebrating our twentieth anniversary (1989 to 2009)
Serious Madness Black Ale (An American Strong Ale) is a high gravity black beer built on a foundation of our house Two-Row Pale Malt augmented with North American Specialty Malts & German Carafa, fermented with our signature ale yeast.
This black ale is bittered with Magnum hops, flavor and aromatics are enhanced by Hallertau and Tettnanger with Willamette hops utilized for added aroma in the hop back.
This beer is inky black with amber edges, light bodied, silky smooth, complex and delicious...
Not for the meek and timid. Best served at 45 degrees in a snifter.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (488) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is a perfect blend of molasses and dark malts with a faint peppery spice. Taste is an awesome blend of hops and dark malts - really balanced. Hops and milk chocolate hit you first in the palate followed by a light maple syrup and slowly fading to a bitter finish. Impressive flavor profile!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6351) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Black-colored with a big, somewhat creamy, tan head. Roasty aroma with dark chocolate, dark fruits notes and some piney hops, a bit subdued. Bittersweet roasty flavor with chocolate, cocoa, fruity notes, and a moderately bitter finish with coffee, some piney and herbal hops and a light ashy touch afterwards. Medium-bodied. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Ah, the big debate raging: to what extent is it a stout/porter? Well, it’s different, but one can be forgiven for the comparison. The pour shows it to be as thick as a stout--quite rich in the body and head. I had a lot of floaties in there, which was the only thing that detracted from the appearance. The aroma is very rich with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of toffee, and in the flavor there were some distinctive licorice notes. There was a bitter, slightly astringent, metallic edge to it, mid-finish. Interesting German hops. Quite good. I would like to have this on draft, assuming they didn’t keep it too cold. Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkasaur666 (12) - - AUG 30, 2013
Just had one of these. Not exactly a stout or porter but pretty tasty. Mad River hasn’t disappointed me yet. Lots of darkness in this one. Taste of roasted malt, maybe some coffee and chocolate, and cherry and/or figs. They recommend serving at 45f but I enjoyed it more on the warmer side. Having said all that, I prefer their stout and porter over this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
My Bottom Line :
Cafe latte, chocolate and rising resins converge in this smooth and wealthy strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam settles atop the darkness.
-Hazelnut oil evokes a creature in the Imperial Brown Ale range.
-The finish is rather easygoing (for a strong brew of this ilk, mind you).
-Alcohol is well hidden.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThreeCats (607) - ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2013
Clear black with ruby highlights and a big tan head. Aroma of roast, caramel, red wine, plums in syrup, cherries. Taste of roast, coffee, and cherries. Roasty and very coffee-y finish. Despite all the roast and coffee going on, this is very much not a stout/porter. It IS, however, quite good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2013
This one is good, really good. Think hoppy porter or stout. Or a porter/stout-IPA hybrid. Fabulous coffee-centric melt base, with a good dollop of hoppy bitterness. Just splendid. A- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a large pillow of fluffy head while the liquid is a solid black color. The aroma has plenty of fragrant roasted malt with a coffee bean and chocolate scented presence. Flavor is strong in freshly ground coffee bean and has a resemblance to Arabic coffee, but there are also note worthy flavors of nicely roasted malts that allow the drinker to cherish them more then other black ales. Good idea about putting this into a four pack because I was on my third one and really felt the alcohol kick in.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Clear red-brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet amnd fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and chocolate. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops and grass with notes of chocolate. Fruity finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (32113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2013
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small tan head. Aroma is hoppy, light soapy and grapefruity. Bitter, soapy and dry grapefruity finish.


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