Black Swan Brewpub
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Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 90
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 14 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ndolover:
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Black Swan is located near the airport in a strip mall. It is walking distance from a bunch of hotels, which makes it a great fit for a person traveling through the area.
The bar area is small, while the regular food area is probably 80% of the space. I sat at the bar and enjoyed some soccer and basketball while chatting it up with the clientle.
The staff is nice, but all the ladies (waitstaff) seemed to be having a tiff that night. The bartender was very happy to offer a sample before I tried anything. However, I noticed most of the glassware was dirty/greasy which detracted and kept the head to a minimum.
The brewer obviously knows what he is doing. The lines were clean and the beers were well done. I would have liked to see them a bit clearer as all the beers I had were cloudy. (minor point)
The food was EXCELLENT! The rueben was maybe the best I'ver ever had. Everything else I had was great and other plates looked and smelled great as well.
Overall, this is a place to hit if you have a flight the next morning and are looking for a nice pint and great food. However, I can't say it is the best place to hit in Indy. Since they are relatively new, I'm guessing they will smooth out the rough edges in the months and years to come.
05-21-2012 02:32:56 | More by ndolover
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75 | $$$
A - The atmosphere is a mixed bag. The space is in a strip mall, and the place does some work to carry the visitor out of that vibe. Unfortunately, the efforts are not complete. The main dining area is ultimately a little spare. The bar is more intimate, and I enjoy that space much more.
Q - For the beer, I thought the quality was sometimes quite good, but uneven. The Tettnanger IPA was a very good version of the style. The special Pulla Chile Porter was too much pepper and not enough beer and the Imperial Blueberry Stout was the opposite, I couldn't pick up the blueberry in it at all. The delicious Maple Oat Ale, surprisingly drinkable despite its hammering maple flavor, is the main reason that I'm likely to drop by in the future. I brought a growler home.
Ser. - A bit slow, but friendly and helpful during our afternoon lunch visit. When I came back to the bar, it was still relaxed, but I found the staff more attentive. I'd recommend spending your time in the bar, if you have a choice.
Sel. - Limited, but of its own brews, a wide range of styles are available.
F - Disappointing. Fries with truffle oil and Parmesan and the beer cheese were reasonably good. The torta, which generally spells a flavor burst when I've ordered one elsewhere, was shockingly bland and dry. The chicken strips on the entree salad had the same orange breading as the standard GFS, low grade, store-bought option.
P - The beer is reasonably priced. I've got no question that I'd pay again for the beers, particularly the Maple Oat Ale, the Scottish and the Tettnanger IPA, but I'll skip the food. My wife, who had the salad, will skip this destination completely.
11-24-2013 17:12:34 | More by Tsar_Riga
Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield, IN
88 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.