rollinsr (562) - Atlanta, - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of tan head. Aroma is full of sweet and dark fruits with some subtle smokiness. The flavor blends all of the dark fruits and smokiness into a smooth and satisfying winter warmer.
Bricks (958) - Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lifeless black appearance. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses.. very good. Taste is balanced... hops, malt, chocolate, coffee. Just a little thin on the mouthfeel... This is good.
PartyFowle (954) - - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serious Madness is seriously thick and dark brown with tinges of crimson when held up to the light. It has a large mountain range head the color of my wood cabinets: a semi-dark reddish brown. The head runs away quickly, leaving a light film across the top of the liquid and some nice spiderwebs on the sides. Smells of dark melted chocolate, apples, and roasted caramel malts. The first taste that hits is smoke, like taking a whiff from a chimney at outback steakhouse. The malts must be heavily roasted, verging on burnt. A fruity, raisiny sweetness builds as the beer warms, and a fritzy blast of alcohol warmth hits at the swallow. The roasted flavor really comes between sips. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Better than average use of hops, which makes the drink crisper and more refreshing than I expected. Hoppiness, roasted character, smokiness, sweetness, bitterness...they all blend beautifully together. Seriously good.
mstrcrwly (952) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap,poured into a snifter..ebony pour with fluffy off white head..aroma of roasted nuts,malts,hops,spices..smoky,dry taste with decent hops..not bad.
slowrunner77 (9941) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"leaves an impression like an imperial black lager. pours lighter than a stout, like a black ale should. aroma is lots of roasted malt and hops. feel is medium-full...fuller than i thought it would be, but a little too much carbonation. goes down warm. the flavor is pretty stinkin good. loads of roasted choclate malt, coffee, hops...dry bittersweet finish. nice beer."
chinchill (4204) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 45-50F. Looked near perfect, with a large tan head over a black body with dark mahogany edges, The head is durable and leaves plenty of splotchy lacing.
Medium+ body; silky smooth; Light+ carbonation.
The aroma promises a load of dark malts and has hints of chocolate.and coffee. The flavor follows. It’s rich and moderately complex, It becomes increasingly bitter going into the aftertaste. Higher ABV is partially evident but well integrated and eloquant.
UkrainPubCrawler (116) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is delicious. Plenty of hops for a black ale. The beer has a great malt character with a hint of coffee undertone. Full bodied and delicious!
JasonNYC (25) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reminds me of dark beers I've had in Germany, though a little less flavorful and with a noticeable desire to become an American imperial (stout), i.e., a little sweetness is present. It's a good beer, but this latter aspect may be it's downfall. Either go full-speed toward imperial and add the flavor in addition to the alcohol, or keep it more sessionable and avoid the alcohol prominence. I liked this beer in my first few sips more than the later ones.
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DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, from Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield. Very dark brown, near black color. Good thin khaki head, leaves good spread of lace. Looks good, aside from the big ugly noticeable clumps of yeast in the body. Wonder how old this is? Moderate bitter taste, moderate to bigger sweet, light spicy bite to the finish. Definitely a bigger earthy hoppiness. Some dark chocolate, lightly spicy. Some toasty malt. Some molasses type sweetness. Some musty old-taste to it. Bit of smoke. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick. Lighter, lightly rough carbonation. Good chewiness to the texture. Light bite in the finish. Kind of a lingering cloying. Alright black ale. A bit too much of a bite and sweet maltiness for me, that lingers in the finish. Probably an older, poorly kept bottle. Mad River... If your proud of your product, date your bottles.
Fatehunter (2209) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a half finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, sour milk and grass. It’s not a great smell.
The taste starts mildly sweet, then some lemon bitterness in the middle to end. It has a milk flavor to it all.
The texture is crisp and soft around the sides.
The sour smell and milk flavor really through this beer off.
commonmac (1028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap pour in a pint glass at Devil’s Advocate. Black ale with good lacing. Aroma is a little smoky with some toffee/caramel. Taste definitely has some smoke elements and a bitter hint of dark chocolate. Very smooth and easy to drink. Aftertaste is bitter but satisfying. Definitely with a try!