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Cara De Luna Black Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 8.99%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Danobold on 02-20-2013)
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2.88/5  rDev -19.1%

blueinTX, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

kew, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

rseidlitz, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

cdwil, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Kubrickx, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

capuchinpilates, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

nebula1999, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of condorsim
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

condorsim, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a session type black ale from crazy mountain that has the odd paradox of not being a beer i would particularly care to make a session out of. its dark brown in color, almost black with an amber glow in the light, and a half inch of head thats gone before i can blink. the nose is a little sweeter, almost red grape juice sort of sweet, with a schwarzbier type malt bill, german, dark, earthy, and still lighter than others. the ale yeast is nondescript in flavor, but i feel like it hasnt all the way done its job, maybe too short of a fermentation time, maybe an under pitch, i dont know, but i know this beer has more residual sugar than i care for, particularly in the black ale style, where the incumbent earthy dry finish is what works for me. the fruit flavors in the middle of this throw me off, but i dont dislike it. its the feel that sort of turns me negative towards the whole thing, its too sweet and not carbonated enough. there is nothing refreshing about this beer, even though its flavors are pleasant and unique. not a bad miss for crazy mountain, but just a little off the mark. a dryer finish would make it a keeper.

StonedTrippin, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

homebrew311, Mar 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

beerbrains, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mike_dawson, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

BostonPhilly, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 19, 2013.

I must have had a bad bottle because I could not rate this as high as others before me. Certainly it looks like it should with a deep dark brown to black color and a long lasting, soapy tan head.

But the aroma was way off. I got something akin to sour green apples and little in the way of malts, sweet, smoky, or otherwise.

The body is pretty decent and in the medium range.

Like the aroma the taste is more akin to sour, spent fruit like green apples. There is a slight hop bite despite that but it is very hard for me to enjoy this. I hope I got a bad bottle because if it is supposed to taste like this it certainly doesn't make me think Porter.

puboflyons, Dec 20, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

beergoot, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

jsprain1, Nov 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

BDeibs, Nov 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

GRG1313, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Labeorphile, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

kjkinsey, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

DrIPA, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Bilco, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

jlindros, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

WhitmansNiece, Sep 20, 2013
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Cara De Luna Black Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.