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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2392) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Pours a four finger dark cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate with some roasted coffee, almost a porter. Higher ABV hidden. 12oz bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Brown in color with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt. Taste is the same.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2103) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Brown pour. Small tan head. No lacing. Roasty aroma of malt. Taste is pretty much the same. Nice and roasty. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours lightly particulate black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, minty, and pine hops, roast and caramel malt with plums and dates. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with dark bitter malt, dark fruits and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 4, 2013
A rich dark brown color. Light smells of soft chocolate. Rich chocolate taste with a light nut and cream flavors adding in, Very enjoyable and smooth. Palate left with a slight chocolate residue.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fitwitchik (262) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
Poured brown black with a beige head. Aroma of sweet citrus piney hops. The taset is classic black IPA fullness of flavor of roasty pine. Better than average. Would easily grab another bottle if I had one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2177) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bottle with thin cap of lacy tan head that leaves moderate webbing. Aroma of roasted malts and a nice bitter citrus back. Taste follows, bitterness falls off quickly and a nice piney back end. Pretty solid, kind of like a black IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
Okay, I mostly like what is going on here. Sort of like a black ipa with a little extra malt. Smooth as hell and full of sediment. Pretty spot on for Mad River--not great, certainly not terrible.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (2334) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Not a bad dark beer, smooth, sweet, decent dark ale but no thing to brag about, los angeles

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2013
black color, aroma of roasted malts, caramel, pine hops, same flavors, chocolate, smoke, med to full body, smooth texture, pretty good


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