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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48 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 9.24%
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:
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(Beer added by: Danobold on 02-20-2013)
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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +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.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of puboflyons
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WDJersey
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of paulish
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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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Danobold
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of denver10
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Cara De Luna Black Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.