Big Rock Black Amber Ale

Formerly brewed at Big Rock Brewery
Style: Stout
Calgary, Canada


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Dark, Alberta stout is a hearty, full flavoured, rich, rewarding, soul-uplifting beer thats deeply satisfying. Made with dark roasted imported and domestic malts.

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JoeKnox's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeKnox (100) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2001

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentAle (1715) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Aroma: like roasty notes pretty subtle aroma Taste: roasty dry malt flavors with light smoky notes.Finishes with smooth malt8ness Appearance:clear dark amber with bubbly whote head with medium retention

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (4323) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2012
Color is deep dark brown withquickly dissapearing light brown foam head. Aroma is malty, bread roasted and some chocolate. Tashe is bittersweet, toast and chocolate. More of a German Alt then a stout. (Velp)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Draft @ Korea Location: Poured a deep black with a tan color head. Aroma is thick licorice and roasted malt. Taste is a bit sourish with some aging roasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (6208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2011
341mL bottle stated 7%ABV on the label poured a deep dark brown color with a thin beige head and very light lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate and some alcohol. Taste is malty sweet and chocolate with some hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish. The body is a little thin for a stout, but overall, this is a pleasing well balanced brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle, sampled at Viti, pours dark reddish brown. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and a little chocolate. Roasted flavours dominate with coffee and chocolate, and subtle fruitiness, but all watered down. How this is classified as a stout is beyond me. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gramity (1638) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
***Old rating as I score all the Big Rocks Ive had and never rated*** Pours a dark mahogany colour with a thin layer of off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving no real lacing. Scent is a smokey espresso with a slightly sweet caramel finish, but still rather mild, much like the other Big Rock flagship offerings. I would have to say that this is one of the more flavourful Big Rock offerings. The espresso malts come through, a bit of bitter dark chocolate and bit of a wooden rye flavour is also coming through. Again, it could be a bit more bold, but by far one of their most flavourful beers. A nice medium bodied offering that goes down smooth. No complaints in this department. Overall, this is by far one of the better Big Rock offerings, and I would definitely choose this one over their other beers if I were given the choice. A little light on the flavours and scent, but a decent stout nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Black Amber Ale, Dark Alberta Stout--1999 11.5 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Porter? Deep rich clear cherry copper color. Malty aroma light toasted front. Dry malty body with earthy roasted light fruit flavor and spicy notes. Chocolate flavor appears gently and more towards end. Sampled 5/26/1999.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
Amber Ale? Stout? I agree w/ Cirrhosis, this seems to scream Porter, but Ill rate it as a Stout just for giggles. Bottle. 5%. Dark, dark brownish copper poor with a weak tan foam that bubbles away super quickly. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Taste is roast malts, with a hint of caramel sweetness. Carbonated mouthfeel for a stout, but finish is dry, quite bitter, and satisfying. $11.99/6 @ Wild Rose Liquor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2009
I am a big supporter of Big Rock beers. I have been for 15 years. This one however just seems to be off the mark for them. I always expect so much more for a stout. It has the expected dark mocha, coffee nose but just seems to fall flat in the mouth. Nowhere is the rich amber sweetness and even less present is the powerful malt stout character. It is not terrible but it certainly could be a better product. It does have their usual expert carbonation and palate feel, thank goodness!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VertBaconStrips (2383) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 7, 2009
Dont like this stuff. Good job on trying to peak the interest of non-educated drinkers by calling this an amber ale and a stout at the same time. Dark dark red / brown with nearly zero head poured. Aroma is not bad, I just know where they are going with this beer. It really took a long time for the aroma to come around to something worthwhile: toasted malts, cigarette smoke, chocolate and dark coffee faintly appearing. This stuff is terrible when cold. Taste is pretty good now that its nearing room temperature, but before was borderline. Nice malts and bitter hops are blended well, some notes of caramel and some spice. Mouthfeel is light to medium, flat but spritzy (??) with a touch of alcohol, and a dry pleasant bitter aftertaste. I like it now, but its been in my glass now close to an hour. It took that long to make it good. I like it better than the numbers indicate. Ill drink this again, but only an hour out of a fridge. Other than that, a highly dissapointing misguided beer. I think Ill go see if Big Rock has a non-alcohol IIPA Gueuze...

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