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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2012
A nice black ale. Not much aroma, but it makes up for it in the mouth. Pours black with a tan head. Taste is a nice dark roasty malt flavor. Hops are there but compliment the malt. Great mouth feel. Great aftertaste! Wouldn’t know the alcohol was so high!

JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Dark brown with a small tan head. Malt centric aromas. Hints of grapefruit, black malt and cocoa. Flavors of berries, black to roasted malt, and a hint of herbal hops. Ash and earth in the finish and linger. Green coffee and grass wander about as well. Interesting, but nothing extraordinary. 2/14

craftbeersweden (700) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pitch black beer with a one finger high, beige-brown head.

Nose: Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate and hops.
Taste: Hops, coffee grounds, chocolate, dark roasted malt and pine.
Mouth: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Creamy. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry ending.

Bricks (1149) - Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Lifeless black appearance. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses.. very good. Taste is balanced... hops, malt, chocolate, coffee. Just a little thin on the mouthfeel... This is good.

PartyFowle (954) - - FEB 15, 2015
Serious Madness is seriously thick and dark brown with tinges of crimson when held up to the light. It has a large mountain range head the color of my wood cabinets: a semi-dark reddish brown. The head runs away quickly, leaving a light film across the top of the liquid and some nice spiderwebs on the sides. Smells of dark melted chocolate, apples, and roasted caramel malts. The first taste that hits is smoke, like taking a whiff from a chimney at outback steakhouse. The malts must be heavily roasted, verging on burnt. A fruity, raisiny sweetness builds as the beer warms, and a fritzy blast of alcohol warmth hits at the swallow. The roasted flavor really comes between sips. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Better than average use of hops, which makes the drink crisper and more refreshing than I expected. Hoppiness, roasted character, smokiness, sweetness, bitterness...they all blend beautifully together. Seriously good.

mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2014
On tap,poured into a snifter..ebony pour with fluffy off white head..aroma of roasted nuts,malts,hops,spices..smoky,dry taste with decent hops..not bad.

slowrunner77 (12801) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"leaves an impression like an imperial black lager. pours lighter than a stout, like a black ale should. aroma is lots of roasted malt and hops. feel is medium-full...fuller than i thought it would be, but a little too much carbonation. goes down warm. the flavor is pretty stinkin good. loads of roasted choclate malt, coffee, hops...dry bittersweet finish. nice beer."

chinchill (5309) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2014
This beer poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 45-50F. Looked near perfect, with a large tan head over a black body with dark mahogany edges, The head is durable and leaves plenty of splotchy lacing. Medium+ body; silky smooth; Light+ carbonation. The aroma promises a load of dark malts and has hints of chocolate.and coffee. The flavor follows. It’s rich and moderately complex, It becomes increasingly bitter going into the aftertaste. Higher ABV is partially evident but well integrated and eloquant.

UkrainPubCrawler (122) - 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!

JasonNYC (25) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Reminds me of dark beers I've had in Germany, though a little less flavorful and with a noticeable desire to become an American imperial (stout), i.e., a little sweetness is present. It's a good beer, but this latter aspect may be it's downfall. Either go full-speed toward imperial and add the flavor in addition to the alcohol, or keep it more sessionable and avoid the alcohol prominence. I liked this beer in my first few sips more than the later ones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2014
12oz bottle, from Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield. Very dark brown, near black color. Good thin khaki head, leaves good spread of lace. Looks good, aside from the big ugly noticeable clumps of yeast in the body. Wonder how old this is? Moderate bitter taste, moderate to bigger sweet, light spicy bite to the finish. Definitely a bigger earthy hoppiness. Some dark chocolate, lightly spicy. Some toasty malt. Some molasses type sweetness. Some musty old-taste to it. Bit of smoke. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick. Lighter, lightly rough carbonation. Good chewiness to the texture. Light bite in the finish. Kind of a lingering cloying. Alright black ale. A bit too much of a bite and sweet maltiness for me, that lingers in the finish. Probably an older, poorly kept bottle. Mad River... If your proud of your product, date your bottles.

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