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Steamboat Black Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Steamboat Black Lager
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fermented with California Common Yeast.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-25-2012)
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On tap at Sublime Alehouse

A: black with a one finger mocha colored head. Good retention.

S: A little suspicious because none of the other reviews noted this, but mine smelled like fresh squeezed lime. Lots of citrusy hop notes as well with some darker hints of chocolate and earth underneath.

T: I really liked this one. Bright citrus hops, lime, some faint roasted malt, dark chocolate and earth. Definitely more reminiscent of a Black IPA with a lighter mouthfeel. Tasty!

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A really spicy dark and hoppy beer. Black and foamy in the pint glass. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Not much aroma, but a whiff of hops.

Rather bitter, sharp, and full of tangy aromatics. Very strongly tasting of dark roasted flavors with a touch of burned caramel. A nice mellowness of malt but quite a light body. Thoroughly sharp and ends on a dry note. The hot, tickly spice is quite remarkable.

A big gulp of hops, but it looks just like an American Black Ale and tastes more on the black IPA side. Not so dank or woody, it's a clean and quite quaffable flavor. On tap at Neighborhood in San Diego.

mactrail, Jul 02, 2012
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On tap at Home Brew Mart. Unfortunately, there's no option for American Dark Lager so I guess this will go under American Pale Lager, which it's not.

A: Very dark brown with a crimson hue when held to light. The head is a pillowy light brown mass.

S: Earth accompanies dark chocolate, pine, orange, and grapefruit. Nice hop presence. Roasted grains are apparent.

T: Roasted with a little char and bitter dark chocolate. Earth blends with pine, orange flesh, and grapefruit rind. Moderately bitter. The chocolate finish is clean, bitter, and astringent. Citrus rind lingers.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid black lager, though a touch more astringent in the flavor than I prefer.

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Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Hamilton’s Tavern in North Park, San Diego, Calif. Two fingers of head when I got it. Frothy, soft white head. Milk y foam. Color was black. Great retention all around the glass.

Smelled light hints of chocolate, roasty coffee beans and chocolate milk, but really had to work for it.

Tasted similar to the nose, but better in all areas. Coffee taste, also light chocolate and bitter aftertaste, which really dominated the flavor.

Full body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

I’m still new to this style, but I thought it was an OK beer. I’d give it another go.

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Steamboat Black Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.