UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
This beer is delicious. Plenty of hops for a black ale. The beer has a great malt character with a hint of coffee undertone. Full bodied and delicious! hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Black and tan. Cherry, vinous nose. Definite coffee presence. Chocolate as well. Has a barley wine character to it. Burnt caramel aroma. Currants, even a hint of banana. Just a note of spicy/earthy hops. Alcohol comes through but isn’t harsh. Flavor is of plums, raisins, brown sugar, lightly-roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted barley, maybe even some wheat. Very complex. Sweet, not cloying, cleared by the substantial bitterness. Exceptionally balanced. A barley wine with excellent dark malt depth and flavor. Full of body but not slick; sits clean on the palate. A great, great beer. J_man (1017) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Dense, persistent light brown head floating on top of a nearly black, ruby tinged vessel. You can smell the roasted goodness before it ever touches your lips. Sharp tastes of charred malt and chocolate wash over your tongue with a slightly sour, coffee-woody aftertaste. Not nearly as dense as it looks, this reminds me of a lighter version of Old Rasputin. Excellent dark ale! rmaste6282 (1) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2010 does not count
Mad River Brewing Company--Blue Lake, CA--Serious Madness Black Ale. 8.2% ABV. 80 IBU’s. Lacy tan head. Opaque dark black color. This is definately one of the better Black IPA’s I’ve had. Good roasty flavor, with a great hop flavor and hop bitterness to back it up. Definately some coffee aroma, caramel malt sweetness and possibly chocolate malts. Great beer. bpreo (2881) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 And what does the state of California have to offer me this late into the night? It’s a Strong Black Ale, and it’s good.
wlajwl (6941) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Aroma is a mix of chocolate and nuttiness, almost like rocky road. The flavor is complex malts, chocolate, caramel and a lasting bitter hoppiness into the finish. S_Side_Smitty (776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is a perfect blend of molasses and dark malts with a faint peppery spice. Taste is an awesome blend of hops and dark malts - really balanced. Hops and milk chocolate hit you first in the palate followed by a light maple syrup and slowly fading to a bitter finish. Impressive flavor profile! mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2013
This one is good, really good. Think hoppy porter or stout. Or a porter/stout-IPA hybrid. Fabulous coffee-centric melt base, with a good dollop of hoppy bitterness. Just splendid. A-
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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! 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.