Please note: Black Brutal is not the same beer as Black Brutal Bitter, which is an alias for Skullsplitter.
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 í07 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 í07 measures in at 15.1 Plato OG, 4.2 Plato FG, and approx 60 IBUs.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the South Hills Mad Mex. Dark black body with no head and a rather thin appearance. Thinness carries through to the mouthfeel as well. Aroma of dark fruits, a little roasted chocolate malt, and a strange astringent bitterness. Flavor similar to aroma but unbalanced and overly bitter.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off I have to say all the people in Knoxville who rated this from the same place must somewhat enjoy cat piss. They all rated it with the smell of cat urine and yet scored it between a 2 and a 6. They must somewhat like it. I wonder how the taste of feces would rate on their taste scale. How can some one rate piss above a 1. REALLY. Beer on tap can have a number of things affect itís taste. Like bad storage. Over shelf life. Someone not cleaning the lines etc. I may seem overzealous in my chiding but itís because I really loved this beer. I am going to make this review really short and simple. It tastes like brutal bitter only with the hops turned up to what they used to be and maybe even a little more. I really enjoyed this beer immensely.
sistinas (92) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Papago Brewing. Poured black with a dense, foamy head. Aroma of grass, a bit of citrus, and ammonia (though not to the point of calling it cat piss). Tasted very much like an IPA and was expecting something a lot maltier - instead I got a lot of hops and bitterness. This did not taste like a schwarzbier at all in my book. It was also rather astrigent, though I didnít notice the funk or off-taste everyone else is talking about as I found it completely drinkable, though not remarkable in any way.
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark. Roasted malt aroma with citrus hints. Roasted malt taste with hints of coffee.
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