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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krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12 0z bottle.this appropriately named "black" ale has a dark opaque color with tawny edges. nose is molasses, chocolate, and brownie batter. smooth silky mouthfeel is quite rich and a tad viscous, but it lacks depth. all the flavors are upfront, nothing hiding in the back. much more hop bitterness than expected. finish is heavier than i like, and sticks to your mouth and tongue. too sticky on the palate, but a solid winter brew.

smith4498 (3650) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours cola brown with tan head. Roasty aroma with some chocolate. Toasted malt and alcoholic flavors with some coffee and nutty tastes. Bitter finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
The aroma is very toasted with molasses, chocolate, coffee, and hops. The appearance is dark brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with both a burnt and bitter taste. The palate is smooth. Overall this is full bodied with both texture and alcohol but astringent and not altogether that tasty.

Palidor19 (3190) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2009
while drinking it at room tempreture, the aroma of strong chocalte maltrs come through, very bitter but in a good way. flavor is very strong yet, the alcohol comes through nicely.

josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Appearance – Pours a dark amber and becomes a thick dark brown color with hints of amber around the edges. A thick, rocky 1 and a quarter finger head forms that is a magnificent tan color, like cappuccino. Smell – This smells like a porter; very roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is also a little bit of a hop presence to this coming up in the rear, just a little. Taste – Wow, pretty good! A lot of the roasted flavors come through with a blast of slightly hidden tropical fruits. The coffee makes a pretty strong presence as well, but more in a mocha fashion. Mouthfeel – Nice and thick, this feels like a thick porter through and through. Drinkability – This is damn tasty, I wouldn’t mind drinking a couple of these! The flavors meld together well and make for an awesome experience.

Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2009
This brew is a dark coffee color with a medium and foamy beige head that dissipates slowly. Thick strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee along with notes of bitter chocolate. Medium, dry body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and spiced hops. Chocolate notes show up at times here too. The finish is roasty and mildly bitter chocolate and hops with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

vyvvy (6572) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours dark brown / mahogany with a sudsy tan creamy head. The aroma has thick dark caramel malt, milk chocolate, roasty bitter malt, light coffee and cream. Medium / thick body with a small touch of roughness and semi-smooth carbonation. The flavor starts with very roasty malt, some char, some green apple and milk chocolate notes. The finish brings in some hop bitterness as well. Decent beer.

Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Sampled during Dark Lord Day 2009 at table 1 from 12-oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some nice lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts and a touch of yeast. Taste is full bodied, flavors of toasted dark malt, a hint of coffee, some alcohol presence, roasted nuts and a hint of black licorice. Finish is semi-sweet with a dark pitted fruit and toasted dark malt aftertaste. Nice alcohol warmth.

Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Pours a dark mahogany color, slightly translucent at the edges. A small, frothy, khaki colored head quickly settles to a small gathering of fat bubbles random, broken flares and scattered spots of lacing mark the glass. The nose is quite roasty, notes of mated chocolate and scorched caramel showing strong, with a coffee overtone, earthy hops, and traces of sweet lactose. Flavors include mocha, dry cocoa, roasted caramel and barley grain. Earthen hops add further bitterness to the roast, while the creamy lactose and dark residual sugars balance things out well. Traces of licorice and dark fruit lend depth. Medium bodied, with lively carbonation, the roastiness is dry and slightly ashy at the mid point, but finishes with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Pretty tasty stuff overall.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Pours black with a slight ruby highlight topped by a stunning creamy beige head that left outstanding lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of charred, chocolate, and caramel malts, plum and liquorice, walnuts, and some leathery earthy yeast esters. The taste is quite malt driven but not overly sweet due to the bitterness of the black malts and the hops. The taste is a nod towards the classic black ales of Europe but has everything super charged including the shocking 8.6% alcohol. Hint of coffee, dark fruits and anise round out the profile. The mouth feel is soft and a touch chalky, not has refreshing as I hoped and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable. This is honestly a borderline Imperial Baltic Porter... Overall it is well done despite some small flaws. Would drink again

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