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The Fundamental Blackhorn - Hornbeer

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 47
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 4.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 06-07-2011

Coffee malt, chocolate malt, black malt, honey. Dry hopped and aged on oak and walnut casks.

120 IBU.
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Reviews by ThaCreep:
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4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose feels clear all the power of the drink and all its complexity. It offers complex flavors and strong coffee liqueur and dark chocolate melted. Full range of bitter flavors and roasted goes.

In the mouth, the body remains highly drinkable despite significant power and bitterness powerful but controlled carefully (you do not feel the so-called 120 IBU). The roasted malt adds to the persistence in this perfect taste balance that provides additional miles flavors (mocha, praline chocolate, alcohol, coffee, honey roast ...) and oh so delicious. All stands and gives a slap in the mouth. Maturation in oak adds more complexity, if that is possible.

A real spanking to the so-called "russian imperial stout" from the same Danish brewery. BlackHorn is permanently closed in the top of the best stouts in the world. (824 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of -DF-
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black with mocha head that doesn't really fill out, but some suds last a while

Aroma: root beer, sweet chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark roasted coffee and powdery, bitter chocolate, balanced by some caramel sweetness; very clean mouthfeel, super-easy drinking, with dry fiinish - given the alcohol level and relatively intense taste, it's actually quite incredible how easy this goes down and how quickly you want another sip; finish lingers with dark chocolate, which begins to lead the flavour profile with more fullness, less bitterness, if one-noted

Overall: a well constructed brew, with aggressive roasted malt flavours that go down easy due to a clean, smooth body - could be a good introduction for the average beer drinker (747 characters)

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of DaveBar
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $8.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 9deg C in a tulip.

A- Nice opening and pour to a bubbly brown head that is there for a bit until it films out.

S- Rather good but lack body but very forgivable considering......

T- Outstanding for a high level mid grade stout. This is a nice warm figgy, sweet and sickly beer. Good winter beer warming up after a long cold drive on a highway.

M- A bit chalky. Don't like that dry coco hit

O- Nice beer. Enjoyable to say the least. Lack of nose hurt this girl. Other than that it was a pleasantly good one.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little stout went well with....... The other half of my T bone steak. Just melts the mount and meat.

Enjoy (723 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows liquorice, woody notes, sweet malt, caramel and chocolate fudge.
Heavy and decadent flavours, with lots of roasted malt, some liquorice and a whack of booze. (202 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of roasted malt with light lactose notes are interesting. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some light black chocolate and some subtle lactose notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I am starting to find that the beers form this brewery are lacking a little bit of character to make them truly interesting and wanting to drink them on a regular basis. (521 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ddedhed
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Shaker glass @ Cervecería Freiburg. Pure black color headed by dark tan foam. Creamy & spotty crown. Coffee infusion, chocolate, roasted & herbal deep aromas. Roasted malt & underneath bitter upfront. Prune & spiced hues. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Bitter cocoa, coffee & resiny flavors in the middle linger into a dry finish. Dried – black bread like- mouthfeel & aftertaste. ABV well masked. Good job !! (437 characters)

Photo of killcore
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7.70

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some smoke/charred notes, hops, and a bit of a dark fruit flavour.

Overall - A little bit of an odd peaty/metallic flavour going on at times, but for the most part a very solid beer worth picking up. The alcohol is well hidden. (647 characters)

Photo of RedAleMan
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hornbeer 'The Fundamental Blackhorn' @ 10.0% , served from a couple of 500 ml bottle's purchased for $9 each

A-pour is black from the bottle to glass with a medium size fine tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-coffee & booze , hint of chocolate

T-ok tasting 'RIS' , no wow factor , lots of smoke and a coffee bitterness on the swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body , dryness on the palate lingers

Ov-ok beer ,

prost LampertLand (491 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is black with brown tones and has a tan head, rather little lacing but very good curtains.

The smell is much chocolate and oranges (like chocolate covered orange marmalade), but also slightly liqueur and some cask nuances. A whiff of glue as well.

Starts sweet with dried fruits and chocolate, oranges and black currants.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a big body, not dry.

Very nice after dinner, slowly sipping is the formula. (445 characters)

Photo of mikemands
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jroof1
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased from local LCBO for about $7.50 CDN. Advertised as 10.0% ABV.

Appearance - Big and black, a light eradicating black hole of a beer. Dark tan colored head of about half a finger is poured with great retention and a small swath of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell - Chocolate and roasty coffee aromas, with a leafy hoppy and sour smelling presence. Some smokey cedar in the background, but on the whole the leafy hoppy aroma shows up the most.

Taste - Starts leafy and hoppy, with some earthy undertones, before the coffee switch is flipped and takes over. Dominant coffee bean flavor in the aftertatse. Minimal chocolate throughout. Plenty of oak like flavors, and intense bitterness upon the conclusion. Bigger and more bitter than most stouts and the generous use of hops isn't unnoticed.

mouthfeel - Full bodied for sure with lively carbonation and a very dry slightly, heated and boozy finish. Damn good feel. Oily and slick on the tongue.

Overall - A beer that is quite bitter even among big beers, rather tasty and less coffee based than expected. A good and worthy beer for the price, but probably one that you want to share given the intensity. (1,219 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black in color with a thin one finger head that breaks quickly leaving little to no lacing in its wake.

S: Malts, roasts, coffee, smoke, and some leather.

T: All the aromas come through on the tongue with the additions of peat and smoke.

M: Thicker body with a milder carbonation that gives this beer a heavier feel.

O: A pleasant sipper. I know that for some people the peaty flavor in beer can be a turn off, but in this beer it works. It works well with the roasts and malts to give a good balance. The alcohol is not noticeable and all in all I'd say this a great for a cold day. (616 characters)

Photo of bark
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is jet black, the ½ finger thick head is dark chocolate brown and very compact. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong and matured. Coffee candy, oak barrels, prunes, some sour malty notes, sweet honey, caramel and red berries. Dry notes of dark bread and Irish whisky. Alcohol in the background. It is a bit… straggling?

The taste is at first dry; however a smooth sweetness soon emerges. Strong sweet coffee, honey, liquorice, some salty notes. Roasted malts, of course, but also some dark rum and whiskey fudge. Very fragile smoked hints. Medium body. Some raspberries and plums/prunes. The aftertaste is dryer and bitterer: Hints of tobacco, alcohol, fresh flowers, coca and spicy hints of nutmeg. The finish is smooth with fruits, cream candy and dark chocolate.

The carbonation is mild, the many smooth bubbles small. The liquid is semi-dry and semi-smoot. (897 characters)

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The Fundamental Blackhorn from Hornbeer
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