This was a beer that I wanted to try last time I was at the brewery, but tried a few others instead. When we stopped at Half Time on the way home and I saw this one in a bottle, I knew that it was coming home with me. Let’s see how this one was.
Style: American Black Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Winter seasonal. Released in November in six pack bottles and draft. A hefty Black Ale with profound malt and hop complexity. Neither Stout nor Porter, it will be its own thing – full-bodied, bold and black. Flavor characteristics of dark chocolate, mocha, molasses and dark fruits. Balanced by piney citrusy notes of Pacific Northwest hops. Full-bodied and uncommonly satisfying at 7.5% alcohol.”
Random: I decided to help wrap pieces yesterday during load out and my back is killing me now. Probably not my best decision.
This beer poured with a two finger, tan head, that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on my pint glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malt and bitter, grapefruit hops. The taste started with chocolate and roasted malts and then quickly went into pine and grapefruit hops that were bitter without being abrasive. Coffee came through after a few sips as well. The beer was full-bodied with high carbonation. It had a long finish with coffee and pine bitterness. This was a really well-balanced beer. For $2.49 a bottle, which broke to $.21 per ounce, this was a bit expensive but the flavor was spot on. I’d have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0