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Holy Mackerel Mack In Black - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

190 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

tjcamm, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

dmorgan310, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

DustinSWB, May 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Kurmaraja, Apr 04, 2014
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

frlrv1020, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Cervezaconcalor, Feb 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Kegatron, Jan 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

KlayWey, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

bigbluebeerguy, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Beer21, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

dgherm, Aug 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

chinesebeatle, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

TheRealtor, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

harpus, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

DMarlinJ, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Bromine, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

BigTrubble, Jun 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

mmink27, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Satsuma, Jun 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

cyrushire, May 18, 2013
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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.

Durge, May 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

NWCraftman, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Boilerfood, Mar 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

ThinkAgain, Mar 21, 2013
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Holy Mackerel Mack In Black from Holy Mackerel Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.