Pours a dark brown, almost black with a thin light tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin creamy layer of foam resting on top. Lots of thick web like lacing.
The aroma is a blend of dark malt and earthy, grassy hops with a hint of floral.
The taste starts with a dark roasted malt and quickly gives way to a bitter earthy and citrus sour grapefruit hop flavor. A fairly bold wood type flavor shows itself in the middle and continues into the finish and aftertaste. The finish has a sharp acidic grapefruit like bitterness that lingers on the palate.
Light to medium body with light carbonation. A crisp sharp smoothness in the mouthfeel with a dry finish.
Overall, an enjoyable beer with a some nice characters. The bold earthy wood flavor stands out to me as one of characters that is different about this beer, but in a good way. The bitterness seems to be what this beer is all about, so if you like bitter, this beer will fit the bill. A tasty beer that fits the chilly spring season well. Try one!
Reviewed: Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 00:10:00
Tasted: Thursday, April 12, 2012
$1.59 for 12 oz. bottle
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Black Wheat and Dark Crystal Malt add dense color and mild smooth flavors to this intensely hopped Black Ale. This ale has a very drinkable, midlevel alcohol and bitterness that starts with roasted and hoppy aromatic notes and finishes with the dry hop character of the Nugget hop varietal. A Chinook, Crystal, Centennial and Cascade blend is used in our hopjack to provide full flavored background hoppiness.