This was the second beer that I had at Uno’s. They had a lot of darker beers on tap that day, which is a bit odd given that it’s gotten pretty hot out, but no complaints from me. I haven’t had any beers from the Mad Scientist Series, so let’s see how this one was.
Style: American Porter
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If you got nothing but coal for Christmas it’s okay…LUMP, the latest Mad Scientists brew, is here for you. Mad Scientists #21 is not a historical brew or collaboration – it comes from another element of Mad Science, toeing the lines of multiple beer styles and incorporating lesser used ingredients to create a unique beer. LUMP is our small-batch, draft-only winter brew and he’s a naughty bugger. Don’t let the 350 lbs of cherry puree, and the gobs of blackstrap molasses we used to finish the brew fool you…if you’re looking for a sweet treat or a sugar cookie, look elsewhere. LUMP is a sticky-fingered gremlin that pours extra-black – light-thieving black – and slaps you with bitter hops and roast flavors before sneaky cherry notes even creep in on the back end. Residuals from the molasses lean towards savory, and the bitter, rich, complex finish clings to your palate long after the last sip is gone.”
Random: When I picture a “mad scientist,” I think of Christopher Lloyd circa “Back to the Future.”
This brew poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nose was dark with roasted malts with lots of licorice. Coffee was in there as well. The taste had intense roasted malts with smoke and dark chocolate. Black licorice was present as well. What I didn’t get from this beer was cherry anything, which is disappointing, because it sounds like it would pair well with the other flavors. I also didn’t get a lot from the molasses, which was equally disappointing. It was quite bitter, as they promised. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bitterness and roasted malts. This beer originally came out in December 2014. It could have lost some of the flavor, but my impression as of today is that this is just mediocre.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0