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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (116) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Black and tan. Cherry, vinous nose. Definite coffee presence. Chocolate as well. Has a barley wine character to it. Burnt caramel aroma. Currants, even a hint of banana. Just a note of spicy/earthy hops. Alcohol comes through but isn’t harsh. Flavor is of plums, raisins, brown sugar, lightly-roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted barley, maybe even some wheat. Very complex. Sweet, not cloying, cleared by the substantial bitterness. Exceptionally balanced. A barley wine with excellent dark malt depth and flavor. Full of body but not slick; sits clean on the palate. A great, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Dense, persistent light brown head floating on top of a nearly black, ruby tinged vessel. You can smell the roasted goodness before it ever touches your lips. Sharp tastes of charred malt and chocolate wash over your tongue with a slightly sour, coffee-woody aftertaste. Not nearly as dense as it looks, this reminds me of a lighter version of Old Rasputin. Excellent dark ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmaste6282 (1) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2010 does not count
Mad River Brewing Company--Blue Lake, CA--Serious Madness Black Ale. 8.2% ABV. 80 IBU’s. Lacy tan head. Opaque dark black color. This is definately one of the better Black IPA’s I’ve had. Good roasty flavor, with a great hop flavor and hop bitterness to back it up. Definately some coffee aroma, caramel malt sweetness and possibly chocolate malts. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (2539) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 And what does the state of California have to offer me this late into the night? It’s a Strong Black Ale, and it’s good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5845) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Aroma is a mix of chocolate and nuttiness, almost like rocky road. The flavor is complex malts, chocolate, caramel and a lasting bitter hoppiness into the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (715) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1561) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1066) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Appearance – Pours a dark amber and becomes a thick dark brown color with hints of amber around the edges. A thick, rocky 1 and a quarter finger head forms that is a magnificent tan color, like cappuccino. Smell – This smells like a porter; very roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is also a little bit of a hop presence to this coming up in the rear, just a little. Taste – Wow, pretty good! A lot of the roasted flavors come through with a blast of slightly hidden tropical fruits. The coffee makes a pretty strong presence as well, but more in a mocha fashion. Mouthfeel – Nice and thick, this feels like a thick porter through and through. Drinkability – This is damn tasty, I wouldn’t mind drinking a couple of these! The flavors meld together well and make for an awesome experience.

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