HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
An interesting beer that ultimately fails to satisfy. Has an umami character in the middle of a very ashy lightly chocolatey semisweet meatiness. Almost a dark fruit character. Harsh in the back of the palate. I’m sure this is an awesome beer for some palates but for me it’s hard to drink a lot of. gnoff (10506) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle from Luekens, Clearwater (thanks Brian / not on ratebeer). Sampled on January 24, 2014.sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, malty, mushroom scent. Dry, wood, ash taste. Wood, dry aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, dry medium high bitterenss,
Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash is a unique collaboration. Nice chocolatey aroma although not real intense. Black pour with a tan head that hangs nicely. Taste is chocolatey with maybe a bit of caramel and a little bitter on the palate. CCB has a hit with this collab -- I suggest doing more. dchmela (3064) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tap at Oblivion. Pours black with an light tan head. Ash, smoke, roasted grain and hints of caramel in aroma. Smoky dry roasted grain, touches of toffee in taste. Decent brew but overly smoky. suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Black pour. Big tan head. Tons of lacing. A burnt aroma with a huge dill smell like a pickle. Taste is a rubbery char. A slight bit of the dill stays. Not the best combo for a beer.
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ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bomber - Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.
smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Appearance: Black pour with a foamy, wispy, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Burnt, blackened roasted malts, smoky oozing tar, heavy ash wood. Piercing and jarring, the aroma is a bit distressing.
Taste: Blackened, chary roast and burnt toast -- woof! -- heavily smoky, heavily burnt, just all kinds of earthy. Peppery. Tangy. Absolutely rippling with creosote. Fire-roasted blackberry. It’s coarse. This beer will have you flailing and hollering like a hysterical orangutan.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sleek, slick mouthfeel.
Overall: The twenty-two ounces contained within the bomber were an absolute fight to get through. Where’s unclemattie when I need him?
Pours black with brown head. Smokey meat and oak aromas. Ashy and slightly smokey flavors with some wood and roasted malts. Medium body with moderate carbonation. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
22oz bottle. Solid black pour, black patent, with dark brown foam. Smells of burnt, charred sugars. Aromas of wood aged, smokey malts, ash aged whisky. Smells seductive! Tastes of heavy burnt malts, smoked grains, wood aged scotch whisky, hints of chocolate. Loads of smoke, char, and booze. Overall, this beer tastes like organic hickory charcoal. Has a lingering flavor of charcoal lighter fluid that is a touch unappealing, otherwise we’d be at a perfect score. So much dark character. (3942) Beardaxe (293) - - JAN 14, 2014
Poured from a bomber into tulip. Black appearance with moderate head. Heavy woody aroma. At first taste I was entirely put off. Pungent, sharp wood dominates in an off putting way. After a more drinks though my tongue began to adapt and the beer started to open up. Warming also helped. As I got into, I began to really love it. Great balance, great mouthfeel. The smokiness from the wood is as advertised and unique. In fact, lots of things about this beer are unique it's hard to pin down. After trying hundreds and hundreds of beers, that's pretty commendable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DialSquare (5032) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 Bomber from Proof bottle shop. Blackish pour with a sizable tan head. Aroma is roasty, camp fire, light licorice. I was bracing myself for a harshed out smoke taste, but not the case -- it’s creamy and even leather, smoke, malt, burnt. I’m not sure how this is even drinkable, let alone good. Probably don’t need to revisit, but another interesting CC concoction.