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RATINGS: 65   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Black with a mocha head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate, and caramel. Taste is roasty, chocolate, caramel, and very roasty if I haven’t said that already.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Draft at Barley’s in Knoxville, bought by illinismitty to share with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting. Dark brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head that left light lacing. Awful aroma of ammonia (cat piss) and hops with a light chocolate background. The flavor was about the same. Medium body and mild bitterness throughout. This has got to be a bad batch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Brown-black with a very creamy brown head. Strong aroma of hops and to a lesser extent roasty malt. Taste is extremely bitter, as the name (which I did not know at the time of tasting) now suggests. It’s like a black IIPA with an underlying sweetness that borders on cloying. $6.5/pint

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 11, 2008
5/08 notes: on tap, Eli Cannon’s. Must note my confusion in thinking this was Rogue’s Brutal Bitter. This beer poured deep black and smelled of heavily toasted – maybe burnt is a better word – bitter chocolate. Tastes of black coffee, toasted notes, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint of plum. Finish is notably dry and bitter, I commend Rogue for resisting the urge to throw some sweetness in the finish! Overall I enjoyed this beer, but felt that the toasted-bitter flavors were a bit one-sided: I think if they were toned down then more complexity would emerge.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On tap at Tyler’s in Durham. Very dark brown, almost black. Tan head. Citrusy hops and roasted malt in the aroma. Tastes like a coffee IPA. Weird. The hops are citrusy, tangerine like. The malt background brings up fresh brewed coffee and molasses. Bitter in every way. A fun beer.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Draught. Clear dark brown wtih a frothy stable head. Super hoppy aroma, resinous and citric. Big citrus hop flavor with a bitter finish. Small malt character. Nice beer, though simpler than you would imagine it to be. Personally I didn’t get any cat urine, though certain hops, particularly when dry hopping, will lend such an aroma. Described as "catty" by hop purveyers I’ve spoken to.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2008
As a dark beer drinker, I found this offering from Rogue awfully dissappointing. I mean, if you’re going to call your beer "Brutal Black," then at least bring it strong and stop trying to create an IPA that looks like a stout.

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
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
black, dark thick. Not what i was expecting when i asked for the bitter. Oh well, it was a hell of a beer anyway. NIce range of hops with a very nice malt character.


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