beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, touch of fruitiness. A “black and tan” that mixes Black Hawk Stout with Eye of the Hawk Ale. A interesting blend, both beers are there and you can pick out each one, but they blend together into a whole new beer. Malts are nutty, roasted, coffee and choclately. Hops are kind of subtle, spicy and grassy. Nicely balanced. Well done. Good stuff. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
kyzr (1148) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Never had the stout on its own, but have had the eye of hawk. To me the stout is a little over powering, which I liked. Good roasted chocolate malt flavor, with just a hint of hop. Good solid beer.
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Go read the reviews for this blend - the reviews speak volumes (literally). Here’s my abridged version. I’m a fan of Eye of the Hawk Ale so I was intringued when I saw this mixture of EotH and the Black Hawk Stout. This didn’t dissapoint - you can taste both beers but neither flavor overpowers the other. Good stuff.
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, bright flavors buoyed on a fairly spritzy, acidic body. The lower flavors of the stout and ale are distinct and harmonious. Nice big grassy and herbal hops run through the entire profile and are felt in the appreciable finish. This is really good stuff.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown. Small head. Mild yeasty aroma. Slight roasted aroma. Great smoky flavor. Medium body. Very slightly sour. Tasty. Extra points for being a blend.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent beer. Not sure I like it better than each individual beer though. Nice malt/hop balance,dark beer with a big tan head. Just pour your own black and tan you’ll like it better.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, after the ’Voluminous Verbage’ heaped upon this beer, this will be a real ’Anti-Climax’ Just kidding, those reviews were ’Extremely’ well done, and I give you 5 Stars.
The beer pours a deep brown to black, nice beige head, that dissipates quickly, but leaves some lace to remember it. Nose is toasted gains, caramel and a slight hint of coffee/chocolate. Sweet at the onset, the top is medium to full, the finish is dry, nicely hopped and moderately carbonated so slightly acidic. The best of all the ’SO CALLED BLACK & TANS’, I like it, and will most certainly pick up a few more bottles for ’Emergencies’.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Hawk Stout is a dry, crisp, Irish style stout that is dark and creamy. The barley is roasted to give it its dark color and toasted malt flavor. Normally, this stout weighs in at 5% alcohol by volume. Eye of the Hawk Ale is a strong, full-bodied ale that is made from a blend of caramel and pale malted two-row barleys, as well as a blend of Cascade, Saaz and Cluster hops from eastern Washington. This ale is pours with a copper-red color. Black Eye Ale, the beer that is being rated here, is a blend of these two beer styles. This 6.5% alcohol by volume beer pours with a very dark, purple-brown color that is virtually opaque. A pretty stout, tall and tan head forms in the glass, but this beer is fairly low in carbonation.
The nose is sweet, like molasses, and one can pick out coffee, chocolate and plum fruit flavors. The flavor is also sweet, but tempered by the roasted coffee flavor. This beer is firmly and full bodied, creamy sweet, roasty, slightly bitter with strong hints of coffee.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
yuh, reckon this stuffs purrrrrdy good. gee, after andaryl’s epic, scientifically methodical four volumn review, there’s not a great deal left unsaid, that’s a tough act to follow. i admire how some can break the process of swallowing down into 27 distinct, nuanced constituent components. anyway, this here black eye is packaged in a champagne bottle which indubitably sets the stage for a humdinger, and it’s called ’the ultimate blend’. bravado and packaging aside, it pours burnt umber, light will still penetrate it--barely-- giving it hazy orange highlights. the foam consists of a few little bubbles scattered here and there, if you could crowd them all into a quarter inch area, they’d probably pile up into a decent head, for that spot anyway; otherwise this brew is wide open on top to the elements. it’s got some leathery maltiness, some maple lightly carmelizing, and some prune juice. not much effervesence, medium body, mid-range sweetness. hops figget up self-consciously and whisper their presence apologetically. yawn. not bad. i expected more.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very impressive on the pour with its thick blanket of beige foam and dark reddish plum colored body. In spite of the deep color and thickness of the body, the benefits of bottle conditioning are evident with good signs of carbonation. The nose is deep and predominantly malty giving me reminders of the fig rolls I used to eat as a kid. The complexity of two ales is more than evident with roasted malt, coffee, caramel, pale malts, as well as a deep berry and plum-like fruitiness. There are good signs of the Pacific and European hops that need a little persuasion to get out from behind the malt but once released show a fine herbal aroma. You get a good feel of the blend on the palate. The smooth, heavy foamy stout like character combines well with the overflowing drinkability of the lighter ale. The carbonation is very light, but the most impressive part is a wonderful smooth creamy silkiness. The flavors also benefit from the impressive complexity of the two brews. There’s the initial roasted coffee and creamy flavors, a touch of caramel and a burnt alcohol warmth towards the end. There’s also some refreshing cassis like fruitiness in the middle, while a tangy hop bitterness makes for a well-balanced finish. The tangy hop lingers well into the aftertaste but there’s also a comforting smoothness thrown in as well as a little roasted coffee like dryness.
I’m not a fan of Black & Tan in the bottle but the mix of complexity and drinkability were great in this one.