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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Tap @ Bittercreek (a while ago). This was from about January that I had this pint. Poured a murky brown color with no head and very little lacing. The nose was spicy and full of sharp yeast, moderate roast and bright acidic nutty notes. Moderate yeastiness and hops in the flavor but it blended towards the light chocolate and coffee notes of the roasted malts. The finish was clean, but sharp. A bit offputting with the pacman yeast.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5371) - 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)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2007
On tap @ Pizza Plant Walker Center. Very dark, very bitter pretty disappointing. Decent malt flavor. Have not drank cat urine so I can’t go there

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Poured a dark mahogany color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, roast, and light cocoa. Taste of caramel, nuts, citrus, roast, light chocolate, and a bit of smoke... some light pine in the finish as well.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2007
On tap at The Sanctuary in Iowa City. This poured with a near black body that had ruby coloring on the edges. The thick head was a light tan color. The aroma was hoppy with some grapefruit and pine resin. There was also some fresh cut hard wood. The taste was fairly bitter with grapefruit rind and a dry woody finish. There was also a note of almond shells. Body was medium thick and somewhat chewy. This was an unbalanced hop bomb. No thanks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Draught: Floral, hoppy aroma. Poured dark brown with a hint of ruby and a medium to large-sized rocky, beige head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of floral hops with a little bit of chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body. Thin, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter hop finish. Overall, nice and bitter, but lacking a bit in body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Draft at Barley’s, Knoxville. Well, I guess I like this stuff better than most, so far. Dark brown, verging on black, no head. Aroma is citrusy, with a hint of coffee, maybe rather stale coffee. Flavor is similiar to regular Brutal Bitter, with cheap coffee dumped in it, plus a touch of, well for lack of a better way to put it, funk. And not in a particularly good, Sly and the Family Stone way, either.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4396) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2008
On tap at Capones. Pours a deep brown with chestnut highlights and a medium bubbly/ creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts, a touch of chocolate, vanilla and some floral notes. Flavor of toffee, nuts, chocolate, caramel, grapefruit, some pine and a good bit of hop bitterness.

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).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Have had this several times at speakeasy. the first time i had it the bartender served it to me at regular brutal bitter. I was confused for a second. but not now. this beer, like the brutal bitter was highlighted by lot of juicy and bitter hops. also a lot of roastiness present throughout. Tasty shwarz.


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