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Big Black Mariah - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Big Black Mariah
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-04-2007)
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

12-03-2011 02:51:06 | More by Pellinore1
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance: Disgracefully, this like every goddamn beer I got that night was sent to me with no head, a disappointment, I suspect these beers are actually capable of a decent head. Still it looked beautiful and opaque black.

Smell: Weak, on account of the missing head?

Taste: The taste was delicious, smoky(a wee bit of smoked malts it says) chocolately, rich malty sweetness, very well balanced.

Drinkability: So rich you could only have a few of these a night, but it would be worth it.

07-24-2008 14:12:10 | More by Stonebreaker
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-28-2013 19:12:17 | More by falconxman
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-15-2013 15:42:59 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-18-2014 04:22:16 | More by oso
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

A generous pour, served in a nonic pint glass.

A thin cap of tan foam adorns the top of the porter, close to the brim of the pint. Aroma of roasted malt, barley, pretty nondescript, yet fresh.

Medium fullness in body, the roastiness is central to the taste. Mild bitterness, that subsides and turns to a touch of sweetness as it warms. A hint of butterscotch is there, not a full-fledged diacetyl presence, but it adds a degree of smoothness. Earthy hop in the back, lingering in the finish.

Easily quaffable or by the sip. A few pints would be effortless.

06-14-2007 18:21:21 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-06-2013 22:06:52 | More by sgoro
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Piece Brewery Big Black Mariah - Porter served on tap.

Appearance: Small head with good lacing. Dark reddish-brown in color.

Smell and Taste: Lots of smokey malts and cocoa. Thick, but also slightly smooth with some hops flavor. This one proved to be a fairly decent porter.

10-09-2010 03:00:28 | More by megahurts4
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-31-2013 14:34:02 | More by Drucifer
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Served in a pint glass at Piece on 1/3/07

A: Pours a dark, dark black. Brown, one finger head that leaves a little lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt and smokey goodness.

T: Roasted malt and burnt toffee. Slight tart citrus in the middle. Roasted, toasted finish with some bittering hops. Great balance between roasted, smoked, and hoppy flavors.

M: Rather smooth and creamy for a porter. Hops add some prickly-ness to the finish.

D: A superbly drinkable smoked porter. Drinks better than some oatmeal stouts. Well worth a visit to Piece for this.

01-04-2007 02:15:25 | More by GbVDave
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

07-03-2013 14:50:42 | More by Thorpe429
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3.33/5  rDev -17.4%

Opaque black with dark brown translucent edges when held to the light. Thick smoky tan head - very active.

Smells roasty but otherwise somewhat non-descript.

Roasty malt with chocolate and coffee. Mild hop finish.

Full-bodied with good carbonation.

A tasty beer and a style I like, but I am not as impressed with this one as I am with many of Piece's other brews.

Growler filled at brewery on 1/20/08, tasted on 2/3/08.

03-07-2008 05:59:28 | More by tmitch75
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-01-2013 01:50:18 | More by krl2112
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-24-2013 01:49:18 | More by harrylee773
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-12-2013 01:07:51 | More by powz87
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-29-2011 23:33:16 | More by brandoman63
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Solid black color with a dense reddish tan head that quickly receded to a thin film around the edges.

S: A smoky blend of chocolate, coffee, and dark malts.

T: Consistent with the smell, this one tastes of coffee, chocolate, rich dark malts, with a pleasant campfire-like smokiness tying them together.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy and smooth.

D: Quite robust yet still drinkable enough to have more than one.

03-25-2010 23:08:22 | More by NeutroMan
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-23-2012 18:51:51 | More by BHep
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

06-15-2013 23:50:32 | More by Hobo
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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours pitch black with cocoa head, nice lace and some retention. Smell features mellow smoke intertwined with roast and cacao. Taste is deep, dry and roasty with emphasis on smoke and chocolate. No hop character to speak of. Smoke is well integrated and works well with the base. Mouthfeel is sturdy and is well carbonated. Overall a well balanced smoked brew with no evidence of the listed abv.

05-18-2013 00:17:02 | More by homebrew311
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Another fantastic beer on tap at Piece. Pour is black with a filmy tan head. Smell is rich dark malt, smoky coffee, and dry chocolate. Taste is rich, roasty, smoky and robust flavorwise. Prickly carbonation with a medium body and this one comes highly recommended.

06-30-2008 19:33:08 | More by JDV
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Had on tap today at Piece. Served into a pint glass.

Appeared black except for the slightest orange-red highlights on the bottom of the glass. There was a thin tan head that stuck around for a while but towards the end it had some trouble staying. Not much lacing at all as a consequence.

Aroma had some chocolate, and a nice smokiness reminiscent of a campfire. That smoked meatiness was slightly there but nowhere near as strong as a rauchbier.

Taste had a nice blend of roasty chocolate flavors that blended very well with the smokiness. A bit of coffee-like bitterness came out in the finish. It reminded me a lot of the Alaskan Smoked Porter, but not quite as smoky.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty creamy, but nothing outstanding.

I enjoyed this smoked porter very much. This is a style I wish there were more examples of.

02-22-2009 02:36:53 | More by roadhouse
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

I had this one on tap at the Piece pub on 2/21/2009.

A= This ale poured a dark black/brown color with a 1/4" off white head that slowly dropped to a thin skim. Only a couple spots of lace down the glass.

A= I found aromas of sweet dark malt, chocolate, treacle, and a hint of smoke. Pleasant but a bit muted overall.

T= Much like the smell, the flavor profile was a pleasant mix of chocolatey rich malts, treacle sweetness, and a faint smokiness. Finish was mildly sweet.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and moderately crisp feel.

D= A damn drinkable porter here. It went well with Piece pizza that's for sure!

02-22-2009 05:40:04 | More by spointon
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-11-2013 18:07:00 | More by birdsellam
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-01-2013 12:15:47 | More by mishtif
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Big Black Mariah from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
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