Holy Mackerel Mack In Black - Holy Mackerel Brewing
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Reviews by Aiptasia:
3.8/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I'm not quite as harsh a critic as the Alstrom Bros. on this one. I had this beer recently on tap in St. Augustine and took notes during the tasting.
A: Reminiscent of a stout on the pour. Inky dark well of blackned pitch in the glass with a light tan clingy head. Decent lacing when imbibed.
S: Definite sour notes on the nose reminiscent of burnt peach and coal. I didn't know pomegranite was used in this brew and couldn't put my finger on the fruit smell.
T: There's a mild sourness right up front which is completely unexpected from the appearance. I don't know about you, but i've never really had a sour porter or stout, and that's what this is like. Dark drunk raisins and plum notes on the backend with definite alcohol warming reminiscent of the style.
M: Drinks easily enough. Tart and dry on the back end. Micro carbonated, medium bodied. Not a thick viscous beer.
O: I kinda liked it. The juxtaposition of styles reminded me of a hybrid lambic/english southern mild approach in the beer. It isn't what a lot of people expect which is what knocks them for a loop.
Serving type: on-tap
12-16-2011 19:35:25 | More by Aiptasia
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3.59/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Skuter, ChewyLewy, and scribe594 for giving me this one.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, cookie dough, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid cocoa and fruit aspects, but I am not getting any of the Belgian yeast they supposedly used in this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 01:35:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.21/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Well, my 12-ounce bottle states the brewery as being Thomas Creek of South Carolina, and the label is a little different than the one shown here. But my research doesn't come up with much evidence and it doesn't seem worth distinguishing any differences here. So, it pours a deep, opaque black color with a giant head of tan foam that settles to a solid layer, but minimal lacing. The aroma emits a pleasant fruit malt idea, perhaps hinting of the alleged pomegranate. The flavor is somewhat striking but also difficult to describe. There is very little of the familiar malt characteristics I expect from something labeled a black ale, especially an imperial black ale. There's a boozy fruit idea, again, arguably pomegranate and apple, that seems to fight with the slightly chocolate malt base. It just doesn't blend well. It's medium bodied with a smooth initial feel but the soda-like fizziness takes over and ends with an unfriendly result that includes some chalkiness. The aftertaste is similarly poor with an odd vegetable-like bite and evidence of some alcohol. Disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 03:00:39 | More by Durge
3.71/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Fast-fleeing beige head over streams of bubbles and chocolate black body.
Treacle, ash and black pine resin underneath.
Milk chocolate and figs, then oily orange peel and pine hops - but not much.
Berry finish and sweet roasty linger.
Smooth, chewy, fizzy.
Mistaken in thinking that "Imperial Black" meant CDA - this is very much more black than hoppy. Can't say I get pomegranate or Belgian yeast and also too lively and thin.
Good but not great.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2013 11:19:44 | More by StJamesGate
Holy Mackerel Mack In Black from Holy Mackerel Brewing
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