RateBeer
overall
95
82
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


doboy's rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2012
A nice black ale. Not much aroma, but it makes up for it in the mouth. Pours black with a tan head. Taste is a nice dark roasty malt flavor. Hops are there but compliment the malt. Great mouth feel. Great aftertaste! Wouldn’t know the alcohol was so high!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (329) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6035) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"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."

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2056) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2014
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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonNYC (23) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2014
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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fatehunter (1340) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2014
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (385) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6981) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Near black with a lasting brown head. Dark malts really play second fiddle to bitter, citric hops here. Very hoppy, but strangely, a tad thin despite the ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1382) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Stuart. Pours a cloudy very dark brown with a bit of a foamy brown head leaving almost no lace. Aroma has chocolate, some roast, caramel and molasses. Taste is of cocoa, espresso, bakers chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Finishes nicely bittersweet, with balance. An interesting brew - would call it a stout, with so many stout tendencies.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 26


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50