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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 178   ABV: 5.95%
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Please note: Black Brutal is not the same beer as Black Brutal Bitter, which is an alias for Skullsplitter. <br /> <br /> JLS Release #23: Black Brutal 2007 John Maier has brewed a dark verison of Brutal Bitter for a second time, with some degree of variation from the first Black Brutal recipe (aka, SkullSplitter). Black Brutal 2007 is mahogany in color with a smooth roasted malt flavor and agressive bitterness. Unfiltered ~ Unfined ~ Uncompromised... Prost! Black Brutal ’07 is brewed with Great Western 2-row and Munich; Weyermann Carafoam Special, Carawheat, and Melanoidin malts, along with Summit, Simcoe and Amarillo hops in the boil, and more Amarillo in the hopback; plus free range coastal waters, and top fermenting Pacman yeast. Black Brutal ’07 measures in at 15.1 Plato OG, 4.2 Plato FG, and approx 60 IBUs.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Black pour with almost no head. There are a lot of citrus hops in the aroma, some burnt malt, and chocolate. Flavor is similar, aggressively hopped, roasted / burnt presence. Not so much like a schwarzbier, but a hopped up porter. Decent overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(draft) Brown-back body, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, grapefruit, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, roast, some smoke. Solid bitter aftertaste. Smooth medium body.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sregnar35 (974) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - APR 27, 2008
On tap at Mahars. Dissapointing for the style. Not nearly enough body and the flavor wasn’t very strong.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8102) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
Draft @ RFD. Dark brown with some murky light at the bottom. Nose of coarse grains, toast, some sweet chocolate liqueur, and the flavor is a mixture of twang, some chocolate sweetness, and some sharp alcohol notes (less than 6%??). Fuesal, perhaps. Not bad, a bit hoppy, which is typical for Rogue, and I like the house character as much as I always have with Rogue. I’d drink it again.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2008
On tap @ Brew Kettle. Darkest brown appearance. Strong flavors of roasted malts and hints of licorice, with an assertively bitter finish. Does not pair well with wasabi mustard.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2008
On tap at Uber. Let’s just start off by saying that this is not a Schwarzbier. It may share some common characteristics with the style, but that’s as far as it goes. Pours clear blackish brown with a lightly lacy tan head. Aroma of oranges, chocolate and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Lightly astringent grapefruit and coffee finish. The flavors in this beer seem to fight with each other rather than being complimentary, and the result is a lack of balance. Not ’bad’, but just barely edging into ’good’ territory.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2008
I thought that this could have been a bit more hoppy, but it was still good. I would like to try it a bt warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
On draft at Capone’s. Pours a burgundy black with a small white head. Aroma of malts, dark fruit and citrus. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, cola and citrus. Has a tangy aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
On tap @ Rogue Brewery. Pours a dark but not impenetrable black to brown. The nose lacks the sweetness suggested by the appearance. More floral hops. Some slightly biting roat. Thinner body. The flavor is drier & hoppier than I would have guessed. Roast bigger. Something like coffee. Easy to drink. Reminds me of a porter more than a schwarzbeir, but that’s not necessarily bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2008
On tap at Tyler’s, Carrboro. One of the better Rogue seasonals/occasionals in recent memory. Pours like a healthy dry stout, with an appetizing aroma - a bit too heavy on the roasted malts, but you can still get some of the complexity of the nose, a mixture of toffee and autumnal fruits that, strangely enough, suggests fruitcake to me! Rich and nutty flavors blend well with the roasted qualities, all backed by the signature Rogue hopping. Fine stuff. Bottle this (but not in the extortionist bottles, please).


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