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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 178   ABV: 5.95%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007
Very dark. Roasted malt aroma with citrus hints. Roasted malt taste with hints of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: March 17, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: opaque dark brown, lasting thick creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: big citrus hop aroma
Flavor: lots of citrus hop flavor on a chocolate malt base, mostly dry with an earthy quality, long bitter finish, it’s all about the hops with tons of flavor

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: April 05, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black with ruby edges, fine dirty white aroma, thick drippy lace
Aroma: big citrus hop aroma, dark chocolate to balance the hops, just a hint of caramel sweetness
Flavor: big hop flavor with lots of roasted malt, lots of citrus, nice earthyness, long bitter finish, the bitterness keeps growing along with the roasted

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2129) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2014
kind of a hybrid schwarz.black IPA. Mainly roast, caramel and dark malts, but well hoppier than any normal schwarzbier. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2007
on draft @ redlight redlight. Piney, resin aroma, hints of roasted malts. Pours very dark brown, with reddish hints on the outside and a think tan head. Citrus hops up front with a sweet flavor, notes of tar, burnt coffee, crisp hoppy finish. This beer is very smooth on the palate. Easily enjoyable. (this is my 2nd year trying this beer, much better than last)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Sample @ Papago Brewing, Scottsdale, AZ. Toffee and mild sweet roast aroma. Black body with tan head and decent lacing. Light roasted flavor along with somewhat sweet malt candy present. Body texture was thicker than others of this style and interesting sample.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2008
On tap @ Brew Kettle. Darkest brown appearance. Strong flavors of roasted malts and hints of licorice, with an assertively bitter finish. Does not pair well with wasabi mustard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1547) - 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.

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