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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (3802) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at the Mad Mex in Robinson, near Pgh. Big 20 oz glass for $5. This stuff is BLACK, just black with a brownish tan head. The aroma of this stuff is like a strong impy stout of foreign stout. The smell reminds me of a mature campfire that has been extinguished with a gallon of water. You know something is coming when you smell a brew like this. Bitter and high hops initial flavor burst. The taste of this is impressively offensive, I can’t believe this is not an imp stout of foreign stout. I’ve never tasted schwartz so bitter. Barely any carbonation here. Wow the bitterness just overwhelms any other complex taste sensations that I’m searching for. Do I taste coffee? Do I taste black licorice? Very difficult to enjoy. Please, Lisa. get me a glass of Weyerbacher Old Heathen to chase this down with. Burnt wood, charred chicken skin or charred hot dogs remind me of this. Finish is bitter and medicinal, with qualities that just won’t quit. Does anybody know what charred grapefruit rinds taste like? I was going to rate a couple of other beers but this one ruined my taste buds for the day. Just like the commercial description. I wonder why this is not rated higher by the imp stout lovers on this sight? Perhaps because it’s incorrectly styled as a schwartz and not an imp stout? This does not even come close to Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager in taste. Again, are we sure this is a schartzbier?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - 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 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 (3206) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (2986) - 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter... This beer was available on draught at Barley’s Tap Room and Pizzeria in Knoxville, TN. Sean (illinismitty) purchased a pint to share with everybody at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting on 3/10/2007... Rogue Black Brutal Bitter looks dark brown and was near opaque in the glass. It has a creamy, light tan head that left thick, dense lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nauseous mixture of ammonia, citrus, and grass. The flavor is extremely earthy and a blend of dirt, old grass, and some trailing citrus hops. There is an aggressively bitter and dry finish that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the horrific aroma and flavor. The beer is both brutal and bitter, but definitely not good or remotely enjoyable. Unfortunately it was the worst beer of the evening. Four of us weren’t even able to drink more than half the pint! Even though this was such an abrasive and disappointing brew, I really do appreciate Sean’s thoughtfulness and generosity (even though I really think that he was just trying to make us all sick!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
On tap at 1702 during Rogue night - Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is a bitter roasted malt. Palate is left bitter and a tad dry. Seems a little thin. A decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2007
On tap, Cole’s, Buffalo. Milt hop, malt aroma. Neat murky dark brown, pretty fair sized dark white head. Huge bitter taste, very very dry. Slight hints of chocolate and burnt malt, but c’mon, this one is all about the hops, and they are aggressive. I liked it, but it is kind of joke calling it a Schwarzbier, isn’t it? Hop monster.

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