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Crazy Train Black IPA - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Crazy Train Black IPACrazy Train Black IPA

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: StoutHunter on 01-25-2012

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 7
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Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - poured 3 fingers of bumpy mocha cumulus head, body is a transparent mahogany cola brown, left great huge khaki lacing after the session.

Smell - Ripe plims, figs, grapefruit, some meadowy floral hop smells, touch of comb honey.

Taste - Definitely getting some nice spice characters here - starts ruby red grapefruits, then add coriander and anise, then floral meadowy hops prevail long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, carb is on the lower side, mouthfel is very smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Flavors here are very well balanced, there is nice depth and complexity, a very good representation of this style.

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A: A relatively easy pour yielded a massive 4-finger gushing head of a light brown color. This dense head soon became quite rocky, and would have looked much more appealing at about half the thickness. The beer itself is extremely dark brown with only slightly lighter accents when held in the light.

S: Only a small amount of piney hops. Can't get a nose on the malts or anything else.

T: Hops are the first thing to show up on the palate, mostly piney with subdued notes of citrus peel and grapefruit. Lightly bitter. Roasted malt follows on the finish, with flavors that just barely approach chocolatey. Good tasting, but I wanted a little bit more from the hops and a lot more from the roasted malt.

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Bottled coded 079 13 542... no idea what that means. Bottled 79th day of 2013? I hope not, this beer would be about six months old. $2.19 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: The highlight. Gigantic four finger head makes it hard to pour the whole thing in the glass. Rocky and creamy on top, with a soapy underlayer. Phenomenal thick and sticky lacing. The beer is a ruby black/brown color with some particles floating around. Slight haze. The label (as seen in the picture) is maroon and gold. Hm.. Mt. Pleasant? Central Michigan University?

Smell: Actually really soapy... I wasn't expecting that at all. Aside from that, I get traces of earthy and herbal hops. Surprisingly, no really noticeable malt aromas to speak of, at least until the beer warms up -- then it comes out a bit.

Taste/feel: I recall ABAs being more pungent than this, with some heavy roast flavors. I get a caramel and sweet malt flavor on the beginning, with a slightly spicy hop finish, with a pretty mild bitterness. A name like "Crazy Train" gives the impression, at least to me, of a really bold beer. This is definitely a tasty beer, but I have to wonder what the age is on this. Not what I was expecting, but easy to drink, and pretty enjoyable. The beer has more depth of flavor as it warms up (imagine that!), which helps the rating a little bit for me.

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Crazy Train Black IPA from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.