RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
Ale Brewed With Molasses & Ginger
Blackstrapped Ginger Stock Ale
Our longtime brewer, Jon Hill, drew the short straw at the Manly Beer Club meeting. His charge: make a beer with two distinctly assertive flavors that must fight it out - yet work together. He opted to brew with raw blackstrap molasses and snap it back with fresh ginger root. Some called him crazy, to others he was quixotic, but to most he was Jon.

Inspired by the photo of the great Molasses Disaster of 1918, this beer would need time, but with patience it would be a good disaster - as indeed it is. This fabulously complicated beer starts you with a ginger nose, rolls you through a pronounced body and finishes with the tar-like sweetness of molasses (not unlike black licorice). This beer can be aged to allow the two profiles to mellow out further if it suits your taste.

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stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle from the beer store in Southampton. Light ruby/brown pour, minimal lacing. Sweet caramel aroma, very sugary. Molasses, ultra-sweet taste. Raisins, fruity pebbles. Some ginger. Not much. Almost a hint of vanilla. I liked it.

HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
Bottled poured sample at Bar Harbor Brewing downtown. Surprising amount of milk chocolate head in such a small glass. Smells like a molasses cookie and tastes about the same. Ginger is lurking in the background, but the molasses is the bulk of the show here. Body was a little on the heavy, creamy side, not much carbonation. Interesting, but you wouldn’t need to get more than one.

kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
Roasty color almost without head. Fragrances of brown sugar and ginger with maple syrup hints.Ginger and molasse attack your taste buds right away but quickly you have nothing left. The oily texture doesn’t hide the lack of bubbles. Also, at end some smokey-carbonisation seem to appears. Fair bitterness. I’m disapointed because it seems at beginning a very good one but my enthusiams fall after the second taste.

User37895 (3085) - - AUG 19, 2011
Pour was brown with some mahoganey edges, ok head and weak lacing. The aroma was chocolate, molasses, ginger. The flavor followed, sasafras also seemingly present, dark fruits too, maple. Mouthfeel was moderate for a brown ale or moderate light for a porter, carbonation average. Not a bad brew.

porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 3, 2011
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers, cellared for one year after purchase) Pours dark brown with half a finger of tan head. Aroma of ginger, light vanilla and molasses. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, a touch pebbly. Flavor of ginger, chocolate and molasses. Like a malty Jamaican ginger beer with chocolate and a little sweet molasses. Low alcohol presence. Pretty good, maybe some aging helps this.

someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2011
pours a dark brown with a ruby red tint to it. almost no head. aroma is slight roasted malts, some ginger, also sense a hint of coffee. taste similar to a brown ale but with a little bite to it. great finish of gingerbread and dark malts but more bitter upfront. molasses gives it a nice full old time flavor. pretty solid interesting beer.

ben4321 (6769) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from Shop Rite - Hoboken, 4/22/11

Aroma: The nose has some spice, there is some molasses present but not much ginger

Appearance: It pours a medium brown color with minimal beige head

Flavor: The taste is alright, lots of molasses, its sugary, very minimal ginger presence here as well

Palate: This one has a medium body, a decent mouthfeel, but it fades pretty quickly

Overall Impression:
This stuff was alright. I mean it has a lot of sugary notes and some spice, but there isn’t a ton going on beyond that. The ginger really isn’t present in this one at all. I wouldn’t rush out for it again, but it wasn’t terrible either.

jeremytoni (3083) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a small amount of head. Sweet malty spicy flavor with a quick finish.

Dorwart (2610) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Minimal head with little carbonation. Interesting aroma. Light and spicy with some gingerbread, soft malts and a hint of licorice. Very dark crimson brown in color. Lots of roasted grains in the flavor along with a tad of ginger up front and then a big kick of molasses at the end. Some raisins and dates in there also. Light alcohol presence and a somewhat thick and oily palate. Finishes thick and malty. An interesting brew and one that ain’t too bad!

jimhilt (2629) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Deep, almost cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is molasses, flavor is almost sweet molasses with the ginger in the background. $11.30 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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