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Holy Mackerel Mack In Black - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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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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Photo of orcasteve
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

this one is a bit bitter and raw, i think a few years of ageing may help, i dont realy taste the difrence that the pomegranate juice makes, i asume that that flavor comes out later in its ageing. this one is nice though it is robust and the dark roast works well. the hops kick in nicley, i may try to get anouther bottle to cellar.

orcasteve, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev +4%

a: pours a burnt-khaki head that soon recedes and shows low retention, the beer is nearly black in color

s: black malt body with some dark and milk chocolate syrup and coated dark fruits, nice pomegranate juice aroma compliments the malts, seems a bit phenolic when colder but that may just be the pomegranate, interesting sweet-sour interplay that I may or may not enjoy, a touch of that Belgian yeast, comes across a touch artificial at times but overall pretty good, hops at a minimum

m: low-medium carbonation and a medium, a little dull

t: black malts and a building roast dominate, pomegranate makes a nice showing, finishes with a lingering roast and dark chocolate fruits, interesting

d: somewhat limited, was pretty put off by the samples of the HM Golden I've had at a couple beerfests, but this was pretty good

bottle from Team Beverage Raleigh

blackie, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured into a chalice, my first sampling of Mack In Black. Label reads "Imperial Black Ale with pomegranate juice." Per the label, dark chocolate barley, American hops, Belgian yeast and pomegranate juice. Well OK, then, I do like an ambitious beer! Brewed in Florida, too.

A - Inky black with some browned edges. Head shows itself briefly, then settles to basically nothing but some tendrils of small bubbles. I never get much retention in this glass, and I know this is a strong ale, but I would still like to see a little more.

S - Nice aroma here. My first impression is "chocolate-covered cherry." A softer, sweeter aroma than the typical big American stout, possibly due to the use of Belgian yeast?

T - The use of a Belgian yeast is readily apparent. It's a big stout, basically, with notes of dark chocolate and coffee up front, and a definite fruit overtone I can't place that must be the pomegranate. I've found that I have a difficult time picking up pomegranate when it is used in beer; to me it always comes off as "fruit." Light hop bite at the back end. Now the Belgian yeast - it does something funny to this beer. It's mostly stout-like, yes, but then we add this whole Belgian Strong Dark element to the mix - the clove-y spiciness is there a little - mostly masked by the chocolate malts, but it's there. Quite the complex beer.

F - Very smooth. Quick kiss of carbonation, glides right down.

D - While the 8% alcohol is not readily apparent, this is a very rich, full-bodied beer with a lot going on. I can't imagine someone wanting more than one at a time. Would pair well, I think, with a fruity dessert, perhaps a raspberry or blueberry tart. Or, forget the dessert and have this, this is dessert enough.

Patrick999, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%

I am glad that a good dark beer has finally come out of Florida

A: Pours a deep black color with amber around the corners with a frothy beige head that leaves a good lace

S: Toasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate

T: Wow! very rich with chocolate, coffee, toffee, pomegranate juice (wouldnt have identified the fruit without the bottle tellin me), and a sour finish

MF: A borderline Medium bodied beer, very thick and syrupy feeling. It has a unique sweet/rich taste that transitions into a bitter taste

D: This is a sipper beer

scottyshades, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
2.1/5  rDev -39.3%

2008 listed on the bottle. This is an "Imperial Black Ale" brewed with pomegranate juice and a Belgian yeast strain. 12oz bottle. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts with a fruitiness (from the pomegranate juice). The taste is dark and roasty, with a sour finish with a strong boozy finish. They sweet and sour nature of the taste combined with the strong boozy finish make this beer undrinkable for me resulting in a drain pour. I can count on one hand how many times I have poured out a beer before finishing it, and this is one of them. Don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but I could not stomach the taste. Overall, I was not really impressed by Mack in Black and would not purchase again.

cjgator3, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Nic8612
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

Ok, first review so give me some slack.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Not very much head at all. Very small amount of carbonation. But thats not such a big deal with a beer like this.

S: I can smell some sort of roasted nuts along with the underlying aroma of pomegranate.

T: The initial taste is that of a malty chocolate. A roasted flavor also lingers near the end that is accompanied by the slight pomegranate bitterness.

M: Very smooth and light on the palate. Although light it does still retain some creaminess like a stout.

D: This beer is a bit on the lighter side for an Imperial type ale, but that makes it a very drinkable beer that also is pretty tasty.

Overall this was a pretty good beer and I would drink it again if I could get it in my area. Thanks go to sincereNC for the bottle!

Nic8612, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Appears a very dark opaque with a short, light brown head that falls to a covering without leaving any lacing.

Smells a bit of the pomegranate but more of dark roasted malt and coffee with a little chocolate.

Tastes of the pomegranate which is kind of sour. followed by a malty and coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkability is OK.

This is an interesting stout which is fine. It's not as smooth and is too sour compared to stouts that I like. Worth a try for those who like stouts.

meatyard, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of israel
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%

thanks jw347
poured into an ommegang tulip

A - pitch black with a quick to diminish off white head.fair amount of bubbles peircing the surface of the beer.

S - recognizable aromas of dark roast coffee but with something unfamiliar lingering in the background.

T- coffee quickly overwhelmed by a pucker that lingers, but doesn't overwhelm the coffee.

M - slight syrup sensation which is quickly wiped away from a decent amount of carbonation

D - I could have a couple of these but probably at the end of the night..

israel, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

Gordash Holy Mackerel - Mack in Black

A: snifter. pours a pitch black, obsidian color with a nice light tan head on top that has a fairly good retention rate and good lacing.

S: nice chocolate tones. some bitters and sours as well. Has a sour fruit aroma, and a strong alcohol burn. light hint of coffee.

T: nice fruity flavors, mostly pomegranate, which gets quickly covered up by the chocolate, coffee, and toffee from the roasted malts. such an interesting palate.

M: a little rough, but mostly due to the sours. thick, hearty and a mild carbonation rate.

D: maybe two of these, but one is about all I could put down. The sweet and sour turned me off a little bit.

paulthebeerguru, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

A: Pours a dark blackish brown hue with tints of red showing thru. The head is rather puney but spotty lace is noted.

S: Nice roasted aromas with tons of dark fruit wafting from the glass.

T: Very nice stout that is very Belgian in nature. Nice chocolate malt with tons of dark fruits. Figs, raisins, and pommegranate can be noted. It does have a bit of yeasty goodness to it as well. Rather good I must say.

M: A bit thin, but smooth and creamy.

D: I really enjoyed it and would say it's down right drinkable even on this hot Florida summer day.

tpd975, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

A : Pours a nice black with a brown head, nice lacing

S : Pomegranate, roasted malts, and microwave burnt popcorn

T : You can definitely taste the pomegranate and it provides an interesting twist to the flavor. Not sure whether I like it or not. There's a good roasted malt backbone to the flavor also

M : Thin, good carbonation

D : It's one I could try again but it was just a weird combination of flavors to me.

mhewes, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

Holy Mackeral Mack in Black pours an opaque black with a brown head from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Roasted malt is noticeable in the aroma as is a fruity thing that must be the pomegraniate. This beer is really a stout (the label calls it an imperial stout), roasty flavors abound and there is a subtle fruity flavor in the background that must be the pomegranate. The mouthfeel is a bit thiner than I would like. Better than I expected, definitely worth a try. Contract brewed for Gordash by the Florida Beer Company

Drew966, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%

Had this one at the Raleigh Would Beer Festival and had been looking forward to trying a whole pint. Poured a nice opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was a nice blend of pomegranate and subtle choocolate. The taste a very complex blend of dried fruits, dark chocolate and slight Belgian spice. The beer is medium bodied with hidden alcocol. This is an enjoyable beer on a 100° day that will only get more enjoyable in cold weather

atsprings, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Bartender poured into a standard beer mug, a coal black color with nice dark reddish brown head that provided some lacing. The smell is dark malts and fruit. The bartender stated that it was made with pomegranates. I don't know about the taste of pomegranates, but you could definitely smell some type of fruit.

Tastes like a stout, but a bit more drinkable than many. I really enjoyed drinking this one and will have more in the future.

AgingWarrior, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev +15.6%

On tap into a wine glass.

Listed as an Imperial Black Ale. The brewer said this was brewed with a Belgian yeast strand and pomegranates. It is a stout with definite Belgian characteristics. Tasty beer. Congrats on releasing this Bob, if you read this that is.

bluegrassbrew, May 18, 2008
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