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Black Hawk Stout retains the big traditional flavors of an Irish-style stout and yet offers a refreshing dry crispness that is rare in many dark beers. "Bottle Conditioned" Black Hawk Stout is replete with a rich, roasted malt flavor that makes this not-so-heavy stout, creamy and ever so smooth. It has a subtlety that surprises and converts even the most reticent stout drinker.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1106) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Mendocino Black Hawk Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, with reddish-brown highlights at the edges, and some thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted coffee, black bread crust, and chocolate powder. Taste is of charcoal, burnt sugar, black bread, dark bread crust, cocoa powder, milk, cream, dark cherries, licorice, and a minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mendocino Black Hawk Stout finishes semi-dry, easy going, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is another great one from Mendocino! RJT


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CopterScott (87) - Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2014
black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. roasty aroma. Flavor is roast, dark chocolate, and nutty. medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (1689) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12 oz bottle from Tipsy’s. Black appearance with a light brown head. Slowly diminishing with moderate lacing. Pretty mild aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Similar flavor, roasted malts with a lingering bitter finish, lightly metallic. Average body, creamy and somewhat dry. Eh, OK.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (9950) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee, pine, caramel. Medium body. OK beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer4000 (4328) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2014
355 ml bottle. Very dark brown body, almost black with a nice finger thick lacing tan head. Nice, relatively strong aroma of mocha, coffee and moderate roasted dark malt. Medium sweet, moderate roasted malt flavor with hint of vanilla and some fruity hops. Medium body and a bit short in aftertaste. Quite nice, drinkable, more than less standard dry stout with nothing extraordinary going on.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark brown color. There’s about a finger worth of a light tan colored head, also. Retention is about average for the style, but the texturing is very nice. Some decent lacing is left behind. S: The aroma is rather muted, unfortunately. There is a presence of chocolate backed by some brown sugar, and there’s even a touch of hoppiness. As it warms up, it becomes quite caramel-forward...too caramel-forward, actually. T: Actually, it’s hoppier than I anticipated. It tries to have an initial coffee-like flavor to start, but it’s general hop bitterness that I’m picking up the most. That, and a ton of caramel. I’m really missing some of the roasted and chocolaty flavors I get out of other stouts. M: At least it deserves some credit for having a crisp dryness to it. Given that, its light body, and its decent carbonation, it’s pretty easy to drink. O: Not a fan, really. Hoppy stouts need to have a nice backbone of malt and hop flavors, not weak caramel with a ton of generic bitterness. Guess which one this achieves?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (765) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2014
Nice stout, with a chocolate/coffee aroma and some herbal whiff as well. Flavour is ok, staying more around the first two, and less herbal/metallic. Carbonation quite high, still nice and dry. Well....not bad.....I must get some sleep...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NordicV (1004) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
I stort sett svart öl med lätt beige skum. Doft av malt, lätt rostade toner och lite trä. Samma i smaken. En ganska tunn och blyg stout.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1742) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2oz sample at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Not much else. Taste of roasted malt, old chocolate, bitter burnt toast, and vanilla.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (604) - TURKEY - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Dark brown with reddish tint, beige foamy head, slight caramel aroma, cherry-caramel taste, low carbonation, medium finish. Not bad for a stout, but not great either.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rondphoto (1551) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 17, 2014
@ Jungle Jims / Eastgate OH - Opaque black with a tan rim head, tiny streaks of lace. Taste is typical stout going in, bitter burnt toast going out. Begins nice and light, seems like a neighbor of Guinness and Murphys, but the finish sends it down the wrong road, leaving a sour taste in the mouth. Not repeatable for me.


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