Mad River Serious Madness Black Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Part of our limited release high gravity series celebrating our twentieth anniversary (1989 to 2009)
Serious Madness Black Ale (An American Strong Ale) is a high gravity black beer built on a foundation of our house Two-Row Pale Malt augmented with North American Specialty Malts & German Carafa, fermented with our signature ale yeast.
This black ale is bittered with Magnum hops, flavor and aromatics are enhanced by Hallertau and Tettnanger with Willamette hops utilized for added aroma in the hop back.
This beer is inky black with amber edges, light bodied, silky smooth, complex and delicious...
Not for the meek and timid. Best served at 45 degrees in a snifter.

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Fatehunter (2603) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a half finger of head on a black body. The aroma is roasted malt, sour milk and grass. It’s not a great smell. The taste starts mildly sweet, then some lemon bitterness in the middle to end. It has a milk flavor to it all. The texture is crisp and soft around the sides. The sour smell and milk flavor really through this beer off.

commonmac (1313) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Tap pour in a pint glass at Devil’s Advocate. Black ale with good lacing. Aroma is a little smoky with some toffee/caramel. Taste definitely has some smoke elements and a bitter hint of dark chocolate. Very smooth and easy to drink. Aftertaste is bitter but satisfying. Definitely with a try!

DuffMan (10602) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Near black with a lasting brown head. Dark malts really play second fiddle to bitter, citric hops here. Very hoppy, but strangely, a tad thin despite the ABV.

AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Stuart. Pours a cloudy very dark brown with a bit of a foamy brown head leaving almost no lace. Aroma has chocolate, some roast, caramel and molasses. Taste is of cocoa, espresso, bakers chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Finishes nicely bittersweet, with balance. An interesting brew - would call it a stout, with so many stout tendencies.

pumpmaster (1430) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $2.99 Very good!

kerenmk (5038) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle, BBOTMC. Black, opaque with tan head. Floral perfume aroma, some chocolate then pickles. Chocolate bitterness, slightly roasty in the mouth. full body, carbonated, rather smooth chocolate finish.

PoopThoughts (25) - - JAN 2, 2014
Smooth, toasty deliciousness. I can see why this is a winter seasonal, but I’d have no problem drinking it year-round. It’s a nice combination of dark and flavorful with a light mouthfeel. LOL "mouthfeel." Watch the review in real time:

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
A: pours a deep black ale with no translucency until only an ounce or so is left in the glass and tilted. single finger light mocha head falls over a few minutes to a thick sheet of the same. spotty lacing. S: Lots of piney, resiny hops, with plenty of oat malt. somewhat charred nose, hint of coffee. Robust. T: Reminds me of a good oatmeal stout, but with gobs of hops. Plenty bitter, with creamy and dark maltiness. the smallest hint of alcohol. M: Heavy, healthy body on this. medium to lo carb. O: one of my favorite black ales so far. Really nice. Serving type: bottle 05-09-2011

Chudwick (3315) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2013
12oz bottle - nose is roasted coffee. Some hop bitterness but not much for a black ipa. Light for the high ABV. Slight orange aftertaste. Smooth.

cheap (6009) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2013
OK, another faddish beer like IPA, black IPA, heheh, none the less. This stuff is a tort feazor. Bigblack beer with a weird strong malty aroma. This stuff rototills over any girlie or baby taste buds you thought you may have, mulls them rightover, wew. Big fricken hairy deal. Strong ass kicken beer that does not hide from its purpose; to make you dizzy. Surprizingly large amount off sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Strong rude and nasty, terribly on style for an imperial black ipa. Long nasty bitter finish augmented by some burnt roastiness. Mouth coating oily thing makes me think of old used 50w shovelhead oil, heheh.

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