5 Seasons North Black Beauty on Rum and Oak

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Formerly brewed at 5 Seasons North
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Alpharetta, Georgia USA


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 4.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Black Beauty is a big Belgian Dubbel - but brewed with rye. It is velvety smooth, chocolatey, has undertones of toffee and rum, and finishes with a dry, spiciness from the rye. The yeast comes directly from an old Trappist monastery in Belgium and imparts a wonderfully complex character to the beer. I made Chef Dave make me our own traditional dark Belgian candi sugar to add to the complexity. This beer was inspired by the music of Miles Davis. I actually placed speakers right by the fermentation tank and "serenaded" the yeast with Miles’ music while it fermented the beer. Outta sight, man! This version is aged on Dark Rum and Oak.

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GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Island Beauty is Black Beauty aged in rum barrels. I’ll list this one here though I’m not sure it’s the same beer. Tough to go wrong with a base beer that good... Pour is extremely dark mahogany, almost black really, with some ruby hints around the edges. Has a thick creamy beige head that recedes to a thin collar and swirl of bubbles on the top. Aroma definitely has rum with some light spiciness and sweet booze up front. The dark fruits of the underlying beer are present but subtle. Candi sugar, chocolate and rye behind the rum as well Taste has an immediate rum kick, booze-soaked raisins and overripe lighter fruits. There is a nice fruity ester present with candi sugar in the background. Finish is rum and spices with a heavy sweetness. Mouthfeel is unbelievable, just like the original, smoother than just about any dubbel/Belgian dark out there. Well, this had a lot to live up to as Black Beauty is fantastic and French Beauty (BB aged on French oak) is one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. This is right up there with those two, though not as good as French Beauty in my book. Whatever, it’s a great beer.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Poured into a snifter glass from the cask on 08 jan 09. Ale Atlanta meeting. Appearance is a jet black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of roast and sweet rum. Flavor is a creamy malt, some burn on the way down. Lots of charcoal and a rum / whiskey finish.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Date: January 08, 2009
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black, dense creamy tan head forms with a cascade, sheets of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet aroma of dark roasted malts, sweet fruits, and a touch of oak
Body: creamy velvet body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of dark fruits, touch of dark chocolate, sweetness brings out the fruits and chocolate, touch of oak for a woody edge to an earthy bitterness, roasted malt adds more darkness and bitterness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 10/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 10/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***4

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