Holy Mackerel Mack In Black - Holy Mackerel Brewing
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3.71/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
03-12-2013 11:19:44 | More by StJamesGate
3.56/5 rDev +2.9%
Part of a trade from Florida not available in my area. Amazing, lasting head formed when I poured from bottle into my Solemn Oath (Naperville, IL) tulip.
Opaque reddish black with a dark tan head. No lacing. A lot of malty chocolatey notes and not a ton of hops. A decent imperial black but I was really hoping to taste more pomegranate.. it becomes just barely noticeable after warming to near room temp. Maybe fresh? Or aged? In any case I would drink it again so, above average.
02-27-2013 20:41:05 | More by Rainblows
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
First had: on tap at the Mack House, Davie, FL
They seemed to indicate this was a IBA/ABA/CDA, but whatever. Solid black pour into a Mack House goblet, a finger or so of foamy tan head that never completely dissipated, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate malts, a tad roasty and leathery, hints of pine needles and dark fruit. Dark malts up front in the taste, complimented by notes of dark chocolate and coffee, a touch of resinous hops, and a well-defined pomegranate finish that left a slightly bitter aftertaste to offset the otherwise unexpected smoothness of the beer. Body was medium, if this was indeed a CDA, it was one of the most mellow I've had as far as hops/bitterness goes. A good drinker overall, though it seems that "fresh and on tap" is the way to go with this one.
12-31-2012 21:43:44 | More by Rifugium
3.6/5 rDev +4%
Three finger tan head reminiscent of a root beer float on a jet black body. Aroma of brown sugar, candy sugar, roasted malts, chili peppers and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee beans, candy sugar. Oily thick body and moderate carbonation. Dark fruit notes include plum, raisins and prunes. Not too bad. Good flavors but they seem disorganized. Worth trying as it seems u will either love it or find it not too memorable.
12-31-2012 01:34:02 | More by kylehay2004
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours very dark brown and is essentially black within a Cisco fisheye pint glass. A slight chestnut head quickly dissipates, leaving minimal spotty lacing.
Sweet chocolate syrup with some roasted malt and molasses in the background. Sweetness is overwhelming, however, fresh raspberries can be found.
Overly sweet and overbearing up front, with berry juice, possibly pomegranate, followed by chocolate and some plums in the late, bitter finish. Also found cocoa powder.
The silky texture and medium body contain controlled alcohol and light carbonation.
This was a fine one-off beer, however, recommended for dessert. While it warms well, it is clearly better cold. This bottle aged three years.
11-25-2012 21:40:21 | More by SLeffler27
4.35/5 rDev +25.7%
I had the great pleasure of enjoying this brew with Bobby Gordash in his new tasting room. Was served on tap, which is hard to come by.
A - nice rich black with mild to moderate head retention and fairly tight lacing.
Smell - this I say would be one of the weak points of this brew. You get an acidic smell which isn't exactly pleasurable from the Pom juice.
Taste - nice nice coffee foward with hints of chocolate. The Pom juice really balances out this brew, but may be a niche because not everyone will enjoy its slight bite and acidity.
M - again, I like the acidity, but most will be looking for that typical creamy feel, not gonna get it here.
O - I loved it. It's very unique and enjoyalble. I suggest having it on tap in thier tasting room, much better than the bottles.
11-17-2012 14:16:18 | More by toofdoc
3.75/5 rDev +8.4%
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a deep dark black with a large (2-3 finger) medium brown fluffy head that receded slowly, down to a light film with a large collar and had excellent sheets of streaky lacing.
The aroma was bold and powerful with a burnt chocolate malt, a light resin hop and a heavy leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla and dark fruit (berries).
The taste was very malty with a nice chocolaty sweetness and a note of coffee from the onset with a mild bitterness settling in along with a hint of molasses and a somewhat strong smoky berry ending. The flavor lingered for a good long time with a wonderful chocolate espresso taste that was left hanging for a while longer.
Mouthfeel was a few steps past medium in body with a smooth and creamy texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall an extremely bold, robust and tasty brew that ended with a mild fruity sweetness that possessed a touch of smoke, which made this an exceptionally fantastic drinking experience...
10-19-2012 20:57:57 | More by KajII
Holy Mackerel Mack In Black from Holy Mackerel Brewing
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