Double Black - Saugatuck Brewing Company
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled on 3/15/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of deep roasted malt and citrus/pine hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and big roasted malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice double Black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and big roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
06-10-2014 03:55:51 | More by superspak
3.79/5 rDev +1.9%
First off it's a really good pour but it's not anywhere near black but more of a chesnut brown with firm creamy one finger tan colored head that leave a full sheet of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.A mix of roast and earthy-piney hops in the nose along with mild nuttiness,some dark fruity esters are present as well.Dark roast and black licorice are large on the palate with some dryer earthy tones midway that meld into a dark chewey raisin flavor that lingers in the finish,the hops are more earthy with some light pine notes.Not bad and I like the fact it's not like a hopped up porter,I would have liked a more aggressive hop profile but it's still pretty good.
05-17-2014 00:59:36 | More by oberon
3.71/5 rDev -0.3%
Haven't tried much from Saugatuck Brewing but saw this one off offering and figured I'd give it a try. It pours a handsome near black color with a generous tan head that lasts throughout the pour and leaves a lot of lacing. The nose is a rather subtle blend of roasted malts, dry hops and coffee. The mouthfeel is adequately smooth and sticky at the same time; with just the right amount of carbonation to make it nice and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is much more pronounced and complex than the nose. Flavors of roasted malts and dry hops blend beautifully with coffee, dark chocolate, and citrus notes. Overall, this is a good beer and I'm glad I tried it. If the hops were a little fresher, this would be a first rate black ipa.
05-07-2014 03:51:55 | More by lochef81
Double Black from Saugatuck Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.