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Mogollon Skunk Ape Double Black IPA

Mogollon Skunk Ape Double Black IPA
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Skunk Ape Double Black IPA, the first beer in the Mogollon Monster Mash series. The skunk Ape, a large hairy, bipedal mammal, is closely akin to the famed Sasquatch. As a rule the creature’s appearance is usually preceded by a thick skunk-like odor, and it’s scream cuts the night air sending chills up the spine of all in ear shot. We brew this Double Black IPA as dark as midnight and stuff it full of hops. At 10% ABV and 83.44 IBU’s, you’ll enjoy your encounter with this Skunk Ape with a much more pleasing, slightly roasted and hoppy aroma, and may find yourself running screaming into the night for more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
acsilver877 (10) - Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2012
This is the first high gravity beer I’ve liked in a long time. I found that the upfront taste was excellent but the bitterness left behind was a little disappointing to me. Excellent nose, color, lacing and body. Cool name too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle, from PHX. Pure awesome. Chocolate & malt on the nose, smells like an imperial stout. Pours black, light head. Could use slightly more hops on the flavor, but that’s being picky. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Really interesting. From a 22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, pours deep brown/black into a chilled pint glass. Initially it had no head so I thought something was wrong, but it developed a stout-like head that lasted a little bit. Aroma is medium-level: hops, but more. Flavor is hops, molasses, stout-like, and a lingering flavor of maltiness in the mouth. A lot of flavors here. Thick on the palate. Poured the rest into a tulip glass and got more flavor and aroma: some chocolate as it warms. Really good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Clear dark brown vs. black with mahogany hilights. Tan head with lots of lacing. Very nice wet dank musty wet grass. Roast and chocolate also present which is very well balanced with the hops, which is rare with this style. Incredibly tasty and well balanced. Roast and hoppy bitterness both present with neither overwhelming the other. Chewy palate. Whatever hops were used work much better than the piney hops most use. The piney hops do not balance near as well as found in other Black DIPA's. As it warms the chocolate comes out in the flavor. This is a style I normally don't like as I think the two styles don't meld well, however I feel that Mogollon figured out a way to make them mesh. Will definitely get more. If I was still trading I would feel comfortable sending this off as the Lagniappe. Alcohol incredibly well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Aroma is roasty alomst like an impy porter with some coffee. Black beauty with tan head some lace. Hoppy brew along with some dry roast and leaves the palate dry but just wanting another swig. Exect the body warming effect this brew seems more inline with an impy proter but good brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 Black as coffee with a lingering head and mild aromatics. Medium nectar weight with excellent carbonation. A brew of bold nature yet balanced by then serenity of a sasquatch clan. Here is where brawn meets brains as this is sublimely balanced with enough meat on it to satisfy a Yeti. Hops are in check yet lively and ready to pounce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
strong beer fest 2/18/12. black and thick with a pale brown head. roasty nose...lots of earthy spicy hops, dank goodness,light choco, wetness and sulfur. flavor is the same....sweetness is kept low. full bodied and creamy but prickly too. nice. 8/4/7.5/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 A vigorous pour into my Bruery Tulip produces a three-finger thick, brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a clear, dark plum / concentrated-burnt-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a dirty hoppiness to it that might be accentuated by a hint of diacetyl (though in hindsight, this last is likely just more dank hop character); dank, herbaceous, with lots of skunky “hemp”, a big woody peppery notes, an almost caraway like note, . Backing notes of tangelo zest, roasted whole grain notes, a floral citrus character, and a touch of tropical fruit character that leans towards lychee, perhaps kumquat, and a touch of peach.

Lots of fruity hop character is evident up front, as the beer moves across the tongue it picks up a smooth roasted grain character, a herbal hop character, some peppery hemp like notes, a woody pine character, a chalky dark malt character, and a nice chocolate flavor that lightly influences the finish. The fruit character contributes flavors of tangelo, ample peach notes, some lychee, a smooth kumquat zest note, and lots of floral citrus notes. The bitterness here is quite smooth; some of it is contributed by the roast malt character, the rest by the hop character, but it is really quite smooth, but with just enough bite to keep things anchored here. The body of this beer is fairly light for a Double, it has the quaffability that it needs, and has the viscosity it needs to support the ample hop character.

The aroma definitely captures the beers title quite well, the flavor is a touch less dank, and more fruit focused, this makes the beer a bit more likeable for me, though it loses a bit of skunkiness, but it is still sufficiently dank. I really like how smooth the roast malt character is here; it is well done, and allows the hop character to shine through quite well. This is a beer that is more than a sum of its parts, the combination just really works for me, and this is way better than I was expecting; especially since I was worried about the provenance and age of this beer..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
22oz bottle, great thanks to MikedR. Black body. Good thin light brown head. Good lace. Nice nose of earthy and herbal hops, chocolate, and roasty malts. Bigger body, though not as big as the ABV would suggest. Good chocolate malt, roasty flavor. Nice herbal and earthy hop in the flavor, again. Good toasty malts, light roast. Little coffee, good bitter dark chocolate. Nice longer chocolatey roasty mildly herbal hoppy aftertaste. Good smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice bitter and sweet taste, not too much in either direction, though. It’s impressive how well-masked the 10% ABV is. Very easy to drink, tasty, even. Barely a hint of alcohol. My kind of black IPA. Great! Easy to drink! Delicious! Thank you Mike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle thanks to mikedr. Pours a near black with a large froth of khaki colored foam. The aroma has lots of simcoe dankness and resinous pine. Taste is bitter up front, but moves on to a sweet, toffee like profile. Alcohol is well hidden.

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