After I was done working on Friday, the other half and I went to the movies and saw the new Hunger Games flick. It wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it was pretty good. Afterwards, we went to Uno’s across the parking lot. They were having a promotion for dark beers in a dark bar. Despite the fact that we decided to sit at a table, I still ordered one of their dark beers on tap.
Style: American Black Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.”
Random: At least I’ve started Christmas shopping. Normally, I wait until the very last minute.
This brew poured with less than half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, brownish that was almost black body. It had light carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with roasted malts and piney hops with some smoke at the end. The taste had very nice balance. It started with pine and grassy hops and goes into powerful roasted malts with smoke. The booze was well hidden. It had a thinner than expected body with light carbonation. It had a surprisingly quick finish with piney hops. Whenever I have a beer of this style, my biggest qualm is that there is no balance between the roasted malts and the grassy hops. As can be expected from a brewery like Founders, this beer is well-balanced and incredibly tasty. Since this is a seasonal beer, make sure you get your hands on it before December.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0