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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Draft at Barley’s, Knoxville. Well, I guess I like this stuff better than most, so far. Dark brown, verging on black, no head. Aroma is citrusy, with a hint of coffee, maybe rather stale coffee. Flavor is similiar to regular Brutal Bitter, with cheap coffee dumped in it, plus a touch of, well for lack of a better way to put it, funk. And not in a particularly good, Sly and the Family Stone way, either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
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 didn’t notice the funk or off-taste everyone else is talking about as I found it completely drinkable, though not remarkable in any way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2008
On tap at Uber. Let’s just start off by saying that this is not a Schwarzbier. It may share some common characteristics with the style, but that’s as far as it goes. Pours clear blackish brown with a lightly lacy tan head. Aroma of oranges, chocolate and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Lightly astringent grapefruit and coffee finish. The flavors in this beer seem to fight with each other rather than being complimentary, and the result is a lack of balance. Not ’bad’, but just barely edging into ’good’ territory.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - APR 27, 2008
On tap at Mahars. Dissapointing for the style. Not nearly enough body and the flavor wasn’t very strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Draft at Barley’s in Knoxville, which I purchased for the tasting. I was pretty excited to try this. Pours black with a tan head and decent lacing. Carbonation is a tad aggressive. Aroma of cat wizz, caramel, and some orange. Flavor or medium dark roast and tea offset by some citrus hops. Finish has a rather unpleasant bitter tea like finish. This was not a very good beer, and a waste of $2.75.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2007
On tap @ Pizza Plant Walker Center. Very dark, very bitter pretty disappointing. Decent malt flavor. Have not drank cat urine so I can’t go there

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of hops. Not much to smell. Damn did this thing finish bitter. Some hops, citrus, and fruit. Rather sweet, but finished bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2009
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of pine. Some chocolate and citrus flavors. Different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2007
On tap at The Sanctuary in Iowa City. This poured with a near black body that had ruby coloring on the edges. The thick head was a light tan color. The aroma was hoppy with some grapefruit and pine resin. There was also some fresh cut hard wood. The taste was fairly bitter with grapefruit rind and a dry woody finish. There was also a note of almond shells. Body was medium thick and somewhat chewy. This was an unbalanced hop bomb. No thanks.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - 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.

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