RATINGS: 262   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
@Tampa Weekly Gathering-Thanks gillard12oz bottlepours a light brown head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/earthy/chalky. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/earthy/chalky-hops, ashy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2319) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours brownish black with mahogany highlights. Not really black enough to be called a black ale. Big fluffy tan head that cascades upwards and sticks on the glass. Aroma is big on roasted malts with a little chocolatiness, but theres also a rather obnoxious metallic/ferrous note. Flavor is stoutish; theres a solid roasted malt taste with coffee and dark chocolate notes. The metallic aroma is diminished in flavor but not eliminated. Maybe a little piney hoppiness in the finish, but this is not a hoppy beer. Body is actually on the lighter side of medium, and the carbonation is soft and airy. Pretty drinkable and tasty but it doesnt seem like they got enough robustness for the amount of alcohol. Still, one of Mad Rivers best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
12oz bottle, no date for $2.49 at Bottle Barn. Clear dark brown with a two finger light beige head. Piney hops, roasted malts and light soy sauce with a good amount of chocolate behind. With all the goodness, I cant help but notice a hint of garbage juice. The flavor is a good deal amount more roasty, with very little burnt or ashy notes. Not as much pine is noted, though there is some more chocolate, as well as soy sauce. The finish is semi-dry with some alcohol noted, bitterness at a 5. Full smooth body with light prickly carbonation. Pretty good beer, garbage juice aside (which did eventually leave after about 7 minutes--also, some light coconut showed up after that).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle courtesy of gillard. Pours a brown to black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of coffee, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, some hints of nuts and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, caramel, roast, some hints of coffee grounds. Generally medium body with a light roast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Very dark brown, thick tan head. Clean slight roast, nutty aroma. Straightforward taste, slight roast again, some alcohol. Not too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured dark clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and light hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Very good brew that I would recommend to a freind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Out of the bottle, it pours very dark brown and forms a large beige head that fades quickly. The nose is fruity, roasted, with dark chocolate and a touch of asphalt. Flavor is bitter and roasted with some dark chocolate and coffee. Medium body. It has its moments but the harshness and astringency really detract. Overall 3.1 Rerate - The third bottle of the four pack. Seems to have mellowed out. Really not harsh at all, while retaining some bitterness. The asphalt component is gone as well making for a pretty good beer. Overall 3.5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Pint Eastside Club Tavern Olympia, WA
Aroma: Sweet malt aroma with lots of fruity esters.
Appearance: Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Big malt sweet flavor. Lots of fruity flavors along with the strong alcohol in the taste.
Palate: Dry Strong finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Strong beer with lots of fruity flavors. Good for a late night beer to put you to sleep.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2661) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle. Deep brown body with a tall, tan, mostly lasting head. Very inviting. The light aroma is roasty with notes of burnt malts and chocolate. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Full body with a chewy texture. The hops are much more evident in the flavor than in the aroma being both bitter and leaving a citrusy taste. This is not a complex beer, but it is tasty enough. It drinks more like a hopped-up stout than an American strong ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12 oz bottle: Pours with a black core and deepish brown highlight. A nice, thin mocha head caps the nice appearance. The aroma comes off a bit flat for me, flat and one-dimensional. Notes of bakers chocolate and toast arent punctuated by much hoppiness. Both seem stale. Thick, chewy body bodes well for the beer. The body is much more hoppy, with the punchy Magnum working off the sweet chocolate and caramel notes. Roasty malts ride in the background adding some additional depth. Good.

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