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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 178   ABV: 5.95%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13235) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2008
On tap. Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, some roast, pine, and just hoppy. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts, and citrus. Some lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: March 17, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: opaque dark brown, lasting thick creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: big citrus hop aroma
Flavor: lots of citrus hop flavor on a chocolate malt base, mostly dry with an earthy quality, long bitter finish, it’s all about the hops with tons of flavor

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: April 05, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black with ruby edges, fine dirty white aroma, thick drippy lace
Aroma: big citrus hop aroma, dark chocolate to balance the hops, just a hint of caramel sweetness
Flavor: big hop flavor with lots of roasted malt, lots of citrus, nice earthyness, long bitter finish, the bitterness keeps growing along with the roasted

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
Draft... Very dark, cloudy, caramel-colored lager when held up to light... otherwise, black with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Leans heavily on the bitter side of balance. Deep roasted barley and grapefruit with hints of caramel malts and smoke phenols. Full-bodied and astringent with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10142) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2014
kind of a hybrid schwarz.black IPA. Mainly roast, caramel and dark malts, but well hoppier than any normal schwarzbier. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Draft at Capone’s. Pours deep brownish black with tan head. Aroma is roasty dark malty, with chocoff notes and resiny hop wafts. The taste is roasty malty, with some licorice, chocolate, and a hop presence that is rather assertive and remains throughout the beer’s lifespan. This one is a rough-around-the-edges younger brother of Gonzo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
2008-05-18. Very dark brown/black body with a small beige head and lace. (3+) Aroma is hoppy , light greenery and just a hint of the underlying roasted malt, sweet malt comes out as it warms up a bit. (7+) Fist sip is odd, aggressive hoppy bitterness, green leafy notes, light resin, with underlying roast as a strong secondary character. Mild sweet base. (7+) Average to medium palate. (3+) Pretty solid actually, I am surprised the ratings are not higher. On tap at Pizza Plant, Transit Road, Buffalo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9137) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2008
[1375-20080518] Tap. Roasted malt aroma has a bit of boozy grain. Clear, super dark brown red body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Bitter dark roasty malt flavour has a grainy ’alcoholness’. Medium-full body is bitter and dry. Very heavy on the stomach but nice to try.
(@ Pizza Plant, Transit Rd; Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
Draught at Cole’s, Buffalo, NY. Pours a very murky dark brown with a large lasting creamy tan head -- looks really nice! Based on the appearance of the beer and not knowing what it was called at the time, the aroma took me by surprise, I was not expecting all those hops! Aroma’s a little mild with lots of hops, some light malt and spices. Flavour’s oh so bitter! It starts malty, a bit roasty with hints of smoke and coffee but ends with an incredibly bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, I enjoyed it.

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