Black Beauty - Five Seasons North
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev -4.4%
On tap at the Westside brewpub into a tulip glass. I'm honestly not sure what to review this beer as. It's like a mixture of a dubbel and a porter, but apparently 12% ABV.
A: Pours nearly pitch black with just a hint of Amber around the edges. There is one finger of off white head that settles quickly, but leaves some bubbles atop the beer.
S: Roasted malts with faint dark fruit in the background. I also get some citrus hops in the background. As it warms up, more caramel and dark fruit sweetness comes out.
T: Very strong roasted malts, to an extreme really. Moderate to strong hop bitterness pairs with the roasted malts to create a bit of an abrasive flavor. Fortunately some dark fruits and caramel sweetness show up in the background to balance, becoming stronger as the beer warms. I would never guess this was 12%.
M: Thick with strong carbonation.
O: An odd brew, this has more roasted malt flavor than almost any stout I've ever had, but has a lot of dark fruits as well. I could instantly pick this out of a lineup as a Crawford beer, though. This beer really reminds me of Hell Hath No Fury.
03-23-2012 01:20:31 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.83/5 rDev +5.5%
On tap at 5 Seasons Westside.
Pours a dark, dark murky brown with a big creamy tan head that recedes to a healthy collar and leaves bits of lacing.
The aroma is big and sweet with lots of dark fruits, molasses and cocoa. The sweetness is balanced well in the nose by the toasted character of the caramel malts. Some fruity esters coming out as well.
The taste is spectacular. It's an amped-up version of the nose with the big roasted malts and caramel sweetness of the backbone supporting the sweet fruity esters and healthy dose of chocolate and vanilla. There are dark fruits as well with sugar-coated raisins and figs coming to mind.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation and sticky sweet with a noticeable alcohol burn going down.
This is one of my favorite 5 Seasons beers. It's extremely complex but very drinkable for the ABV. Absolutely love this stuff, world class.
11-18-2009 01:35:26 | More by gford217
4.8/5 rDev +4.8%
On-tap at the Westside location but was brewed up North.
Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.
Smells of molasses, figs, plums, and raisins with good amounts of roasted and chocolate malts.
Manages to taste even better than it smells. Fleeting roasted malt flavors quickly give way to loads of dark fruits - plums, figs, and raisins, in that order. Molasses and a hint of licorice enter into things right before a crisp and lightly sweet ending. The alcohol is hardly noticeable. I definitely see this as more of a Belgian stout than a dubbel, but that's just me.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It has a great thickness with soft carbonation.
Drinkability is great. I drank my glass entirely too quick for a 12% ABV and could drink a lot of these.
Overall I was blown away by this beer and I'm eagerly awaiting the big beers to come to fruition at the Westside location. If you see this be sure to give it a shot.
08-18-2009 02:43:56 | More by glid02
4.47/5 rDev -2.4%
A wonderful weekend in Atlanta led me to spend two days within waling distance of this fine pub. Getting to try everything they had was an adventure, but was easily accomplished. Consumed on 07/24/09 and 07/25/09.
Appearance - Poured out a little less then I thought it would to be honest. Dark as night, but nothing in the way of a head on this one at all. Just still, motionless.
Smell - Aroma is loaded with hints of cocoa, roasted malts, lots of dark fruits, prunes, plums come to mind quickly. Hints of light grain, lots of things going on here with a touch of alcohol floating around in the back.
Taste - In a word delicious. Just mouthwatering. Rich plum and grape like flavors meld seamlessly with hints of roasted malts and molasses. Hints of cocoa all over this one now as well. Really fantastically put together I have to say. Smooth, rich finish leaves a light hint of bitterness and a slight sweet note to fall back one.
Feel - Despite the lack of carbonation it actually had a nice a quite full feel to it. Really nicely presented it was thick enough to coat the tongue and really allow for a very full flavor.
Drinkability - Super smooth, and really an ideal nightcap on this one. I was really looking for more by the time I finished it.
Overall - Soo solid. This one easily one of my favorites of the whole weekend and I would gladly do this one again any day of the week. A fantastic thing they have going here for sure.
07-31-2009 01:01:28 | More by mikesgroove
4.83/5 rDev +5.5%
a dubbel huh? i too think that this beer drinks "other than" a dubbel. what a divine brew.
brought to our table corked and caged and poured into a tulip.
the color was jet black with a thin caramel colored ring and the smell was quite complex. lots of toffee and chocolate and a bit of coffee even in the nose. the taste is as complex as the smell with a strong alcohol presence. the mouthfeel is velvety and lush. this is definitely one of the best beers i have drank and it's complexity is up there with a westy 12 IMO.
i'd love to try this again in about a year to see where it's going.
07-29-2009 23:56:51 | More by deepsouth
4.15/5 rDev -9.4%
Served in a tulip at the brewpub. Pours pure black, but with no head at all. Very low carbonation. Fairly light aroma, mostly of Belgian yeast esters with clove and banana. There is also some toffee and some light spiciness from the rye. Still, pretty light. The taste is much better. Deeply flavored with toffee, light cocoa, banana, spice, candi sugar, and licorice. The mouthfeel is nice- very silky, almost unctuos, but not sticky at all. Could use some more carbonation- at least the batch I had could, but the mouthfeel is beautiful, and it is still deeply satisfying.
03-09-2009 02:45:32 | More by Georgiabeer
4.47/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a deep, warm sable with a decent beige head. Rich, malty, smoky aroma has hints of coffee and caramel, and invites a taste. Mouth-filling flavor has tones of coffee, burnt caramel, and quite a strong alcohol nip - not surprising considering it is seriously high-gravity! There are also nutty and hoppy hints. Texture is smooth as silk and rich as cream.
01-23-2009 02:55:20 | More by Cyberkedi
4.75/5 rDev +3.7%
Had a few of these with a filet last night, and jotted down my notes so I could rate this excellent beer. Brought to me poured from a cask at around room temp. It is deep dark brown, with a big, thick caramel colored head. Only slight carbonization. The smell is an amazing mix of rye, sweet sugar, and rum (it was aged on dark rum and oak). The taste includes all the scents, it as thick as it looks, with light carbonization that helps it rest easy in your mouth. I found this to be deceptively easy to drink, it was so tasty, but so much alcohol (dangerous!).
01-10-2009 00:42:30 | More by bhalter8
Black Beauty from Five Seasons North
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.