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Holy Mackerel Mack In Black - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

187 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 187
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.76%


Brewed by:
Holy Mackerel Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-02-2008)
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JAA

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is mindblowing. Pour Jet-black with a dense one-finger dark tan head. Bought at Sarasota Total Wine, but I've seen Holy Mackerel stuff at Publix and Norman's liquors.

I would venture to say that this beer didn't need the pomegranate juice to make it notable. Smells crazy, like licorice and dark cherries, along with bitter chocolate.

Tastes much like it smells. Very chocolaty, dark fruits and more bitter chocolate in the finish. It's a quite complicated and a really flavorful beer coming from a little known brewery on the east coast of Florida.

The pomegranate juice is a bit out of place, but the beer has a solid foundation that makes it enjoyable to drink. 8% ABV.

Edit: alright, i'm getting near the end of the glass and this pomegranate juice is getting pretty gross.

Second edit: yeah, it's quite tough drinking a whole bottle. The juice is too strong. It's a shame because the taste the beer behind the juice is phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 23:05:19 | More by JAA
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Kurmaraja

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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Florida

4/5  rDev +15.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

08-01-2013 03:19:37 | More by chinesebeatle
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

07-31-2013 18:31:43 | More by TheRealtor
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Alabama

3/5  rDev -13.3%

07-22-2013 19:17:42 | More by harpus
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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

06-09-2013 02:25:30 | More by Satsuma
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Florida

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

05-18-2013 05:31:57 | More by cyrushire
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Connecticut

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

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Fast-fleeing beige head over streams of bubbles and chocolate black body.
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Berry finish and sweet roasty linger.
Smooth, chewy, fizzy.

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Serving type: bottle

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Holy Mackerel Mack In Black from Holy Mackerel Brewing
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