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Cara De Luna Black Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Cara De Luna Black AleCara De Luna Black Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Danobold on 02-20-2013

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 10
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

The nose is not big – clean, mostly malt with light touches of roast. Pours deep dark brown with a 3” tan head. The very creamy palate provides smooth chocolate and grain flavors with a dash of caramel and a touch of vanilla. No burnt roast flavors, very light traces of espresso on the finish, no big bitterness. Balanced towards the malt. Medium body and carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a wonder more people don't make beers in this style.

Cara de Luna pours black as sludge, with a tawny head that has good staying power. Lacings are sticky.

The smell is roasty, milky and malty, with a touch a chocolate. No hops to be had.

What's best about this beer is its surprisingly refreshing feel. It's bubbly and semi-thick, with a roasted malt, touch of coffee taste sticking just long enough before it's whisked away. There's enough bitter at the end to keep it all together, but not so much as to be overwhelming.

A nice choice for a session beer. Good flavor, good feel, not big enough to assault your palate.

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Craft and Growler in Dallas and would definitely recommend. Solid dark beer that is surprisingly well balanced - there's a bit of hops, a bit of malt, and some notes of chocolate, but none are ever overpowering. Presents an interesting and compelling study of balance in a dark beer - especially when many dark beers (including some of my favorites) skew heavily towards strong flavors. This one certainly has bits of those, but is also pleasantly drinkable as a session beer as well.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black body with a very thick, very chunky, very sticky light tan head. Rich malt aroma; chocolate and nougat; decent hop aroma, light pine. Excellent roasted grains; chocolate; bold yet tempered hop bitterness. Solid medium body; smooth and silky.

A very tasty, relatively low ABV, and easy drinking dark ale. Sweet and creamy feel and taste with an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Well worth trying once and coming back to savor again.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a moderately dark brown head. The head leaves signinifcant lacing and has great retention. Nose features some light roasted malt, some smokiness, a bit of yeast and some mild chocolate. Taste matches the nose for the most part with heavier presence of the roasty malts. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, nice flavorful dark lager.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours blackish with a nice mocha head. Aroma is deep and roasty with a earthy hop backing; black coffee, dark chocolate, and some earthy hops. Flavor was much the name; black coffee, dark chocolate, earthy hops. Not sure i got the belgian yeast used from either the aroma or flavor. A crisp, thin to medium mouthfeel, decent activity, making this plenty drinkable. Overall, not a black ale fan personally but this is one of the few I did enjoy. Far from being on a Wookey Jack level but I would drink this again.

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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hopfully this is interesting, a German/Belgian/American style blend so could be interesting.

Pours a small fizzy darker colored bubbly head covereing that fades fairly quickly, touch of lacing, just about pitch black beer.

Nose starts with some chocolate malt, dark cocoa but watery like hot cocoa made with water instead of milk, a little toasted crystal like but not caramel, not a whole lot of overall maltiness, mostly just the dark chocolate like malt characters, a hint of a bready aroma, a touch of metallic edge from the roastiness, and just a bit of a grassy slightly spicy hop. Overall a bit light on the nose.

Taste brings a whole lot more dark malt and cocoa, like chocolate malt and powdered cocoa but a dry version of it, but this time some lactose sugar but again dry lactose. A nice stout flavor, a slightly bitter extra stout flavor. Also a mild roasty flavor, with touch of metallic roast, and a little yeasty note. It also brings a little dry bready character, probably from the yeast. Then into a grassy hop character, little spicy too but overall mild bitterness. Finish is a little sticky surprisingly as it was so dry throughout, bit of powdered flavor like a cocoa and powdered lactose blend, bit of a crystal malt character, and mild grassy hop with a touch of yeast still.

Mouth is med bod but maybe a bit on the lighter side, decent carb.

Overall not bad, for how much little malt they seemed ot have used it has a nice flavor profile, good dark malts without being overly roasty or tannic but there is a little bit, hops could have been a bit stronger but not too bad, a little yeasty unfortunately, but otherwise not too bad of a beer.

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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Cara De Luna Black Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
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