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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.

   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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Sampled on Tap at 1702, Tucson AZ
This beer arrives with a brown tinged, tan colored, creamy textured, one-finger thick head. The beer is a very dark brown color and quite clear. The aroma smells of chocolate / cocoa and toasted malt up front and once you start to dig around, some notes of pine and citrus. As the beer warms up a bit the hop character becomes much more noticeable in the nose and actually ends up on equal footing with the malt in the aroma.

The flavor is so much more hop focused than I expected (based on the aroma at least); there is a ton of bitterness, lots of pine flavors and notes of candied citrus peel. This is definitely a bit green in its hop intensity, a bit astringent, but still nicely balanced for a very hoppy beer (e.g. it doesn’t get too harsh). This is really an super hoppy IPA that was brewed with dark malts. There is a touch of roasted, toasty grain and maybe a touch of chocolate that struggles to be noticed through all of the hop character. This is quite quaffable with a light-medium fullness that is just enough to carry the hops.

Quite a tasty beer, enjoyable if you have a hop-hankering and the dark malt adds a light, other-dimensioned note to what is otherwise a hoppy IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2007
Draft at El Bait shop in Des Moines, IA. Poured a clear brownish-black color with reddish-orange highlights. Head was white with decent retention and lacing. Aroma was of roasty malt and citrsuy hops. Dry on the tongue ample hop bitterness. Roasty malt flavor with a hint of coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (3571) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque chocolaty brown, almost black, with a thick and fine-bubbled dark tan head. Aroma is quite strong, like roast coffee with a strong chocolate undertone. Mouth-filling flavor has strong coffee and chocolate components along with nutty and smoky hints and a molasses undertone. Texture is thick and smooth. A must for all dark beer fanatics!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
hazy tea color, Wispy top. Empty caramel nose, faint toast. Flavor similarly soft, orange and caramel amidst playdoh and light vegetal. Sticky and thin, sugars are thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Rated 7/27/07. Draft at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV. Served in a snifter. Murky dark mahogany to black in color. Small tan head stuck around for the duration and left excellent, thick rings of foamy lacing all the way down the glass. Strong, bitter hoppy nose. I picked up piney, floral, and herbal hops, with a roasted malt and chocolate background. The flavor is wonderfully bitter, with the ample hops melding perfectly with a roastey, choclatey, coffee malt baseline. Medium body that went down like silk. Fantastic brew! Bottom line: This beer is grossly underrated....period.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
on tap @ papago... very dark brown near black pour with a soft toasted marshmallow colored head. it leaves behind frothy stained glass-like lacing. the smell of coffee hits before the beer ever reaches my nose... rich dark chocolate, dark roasty grain, toasted nuts, pine, grass and grapefruit skin. the palate is quite unexpected... really dry! the flavors are strange... very ipa-like up front and on the finish but very porter-like in between.... coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted nuts, cooked cream along with some generic hoppiness, pine and grapefruit pith. bitter, grassy and pine on the finish. full bodied creaminess like a porter. ipa bitterness/parching keeps it from being too rich and undrinkable. soft creamy carbonation. pairs really well with chipotle ranch dressing.

this certainly isn’t a schwarzbier by definition. but it is really effen good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Draft @ Frisco’s. Pours a dark, slightly hazy caramel brown color; lightest tan head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing that lasts forever. Somewhat bready, soft wet malts in aroma; almost like fresh-baked bread. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation, roasted malts, caramel, and dried fruits; a touch of warming alcohol and sharp citrus coming through. Generous, bready / malty beer. Lengthy, soft finish: wet malts, bread, and chewy caramel in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3097) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
On tap at the Tap and Mallet (Rochester), graciously shared by Lubiere. AU15/08.

App.: Black with remnants of a tan head. Aroma: Lots of C-hops, a bit of dark malt, some coffee and dark chocolate, quite a lot of pine and grapefruit. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Lots more C-hops, some malt but less than the nose, kinda fruity, dry with good bitterness.

An enjoyable twist on the normal BB.

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