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Sparkly Eyes - Black Husky Brewing

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Sparkly Eyes
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89
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Husky Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ncketchum on 01-16-2013)
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris Z for this one. Served chilled in an imperial pint glass

A - pours a murky reddish brown with some sediment, a couple of fingers of thick head with good retention

S - the spruce is evident initially on the nose, then hops come through strongly. Sweet malts follow.

T - again, the spruce is very big up front, quite intense, lots of hops, with a big sweet malt backbone, a lot sweeter than I had expected

M - thick and chewy, the spruce lingers for some time along with the hops, a bit of alcohol burn in the end

O - A very interesting beer, a couple notches above Sproose Joose on the spruce. I can't decide if I love it or if its' a cool novelty. Not quite as drinkable as Sproose Joose. I'm excited to try more from Black Husky.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:38:00 | More by ncketchum
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a clean deep amber in color, 2 fingers of off-white head, great head retention with slow dissipation, nice amount of sticky lacing left behind. aroma is high on the spruce, caramel, honey, fruity hops.. smells veryyyy yummy! oh my, the flavor is all spruce up front! notes of bittering hops follow through and lead way to the caramel malty body, a bit of grapefruit citrus is present, and then the bitterness kicks in for the finish once again. the beer is medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation, drinks VERY smooth for abv content, and is an overall sweet delicious delight.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dense, off-white head. Glorious aroma is a melody of bright spruce tips and hops. Oh, mercy....this smells of Christmasy heaven. Radiant burnt umber. Starts with assertive spruce and delcious, floral hops; sweet malt behind it all. As the bitterness peaks, so does the spruce. Moves into a citrus rind-like bitterness, with spruce still behind it. Lingering floral hops and spruce.

Holy hell. This is wonderful. An onslaught of spruce balanced perfectly with hops and sweet malt. MAYBE, I could argue that this is a bit one-dimensional...but, it's sooo good.

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joe1510

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$8.99
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

Sparkly Eyes is another spruce beer from Black Husky. Pours garnet with bright cinnamon highlights. The dirty white head has tremendous staying power, becoming creamy while sticky lacing decorates the glass. The thick cap stays put throughout the drink.

Large caramel and toasty grains lay down a malt forward base in what smells like a big, spruced up red ale. The spruce brings an earthy quality and while bright is still well balanced unlike the intensity of Sproose Joose. Don't think you're getting a big IIPA with this beer 'cause you're not.

There is some brown sugared grapefruit in the flavor that wasn't noticeable in the smell. The big caramel and toastiness are the main characters while sugared ruby grapefruit and earthy, bright spruce add a ton of depth and uniqueness.

The body is lighter than expected when taking the maltiness into consideration. It's a little on the full side of moderate but has an airy feel thanks to the carbonation. The spruce adds a a mild bitterness over time.

Sparkly Eyes is like a big English barleywine/Red Ale hybrid with spruce tips added. There's a good malt depth and the spruce tips add earthiness, bitterness, and brightness. I'd pick this up again without a doubt and especially when in the mood for something a little sweeter.

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Dark rusty orange with a gigantic head that took forever to diminish. It was poured into a tulip. Loads of cascading lace.

The aroma is heavy on the malt. Bitter, herbal, tea like smell. Brown sugar. The hops are piney but overshadowed by the malt.

Astringent, tea-like flavor. Herbal and pine. Leans more towards and english style ipa than an american double. Boozy and I'm not surprised that it clocks in at over 10%.

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Black Husky Sparkly Eyes

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Dark amber with a big creamy light tan head. Nice retention and lacing noted...

S) An aroma of malty sweetness, spruce, and a hint of booze. Quite a wonderful combination.

T) Follows the nose... This clearly has some of the characteristics of Sproose Joose, but there is more sweetness to this brew, which takes a little edge off the spruce tips. The alcohol is very well hidden, and this is simply a pleasure to drink.

M) Medium body with matching carbonation. Remarkably smooth, even with the spruce tips. Very nice aftertaste...

O) I absolutely love Sproose Joose, but I enjoyed this even more. All I can say, is please bottle more of this soon, and send it to a bottle shop near me.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:33:49 | More by RoamingGnome
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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emerge077

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Bob for this one!

Bright amber orange, high clarity, thin layer of froth with spotty lace when swirled. Ok coverage, fades after a minute.

Crystal malt aroma dominates, some herbal spruce as it warms. Taste is more spruce forward on a crystal malt base. Medium bodied with good carb, a little sweet and a little bitter. Reminiscent of an English IPA, wondering when this came out.

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Sparkly Eyes from Black Husky Brewing
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