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Black Sails - Coronado Brewing Company

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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 03-31-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 60
Reviews by DocJitsu:
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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color and opaque. A root beer colored head develops and fades just as quickly. Roasted malt and grapefruit aromatics. Smooth, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Tart grapefruit and pi9ne are wrapped in a roasted malt blanket. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Less assaulting than the Sublimely Self-Righteous from Stone of which this beer reminds me.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones a few days back.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep cola color with some brown highlights peaking through,a thinner tan colored head atop.Aromas were mainly piney hops and earthy tones,the roast was not as big in the nose as it was in the flavor profile.Dark roast coffee and earthy flavors melding into piney hops,the feel was lighter for a "bigger" beer,some alcohol sweetnes was present.Not bad but not an overly complex beer for the style,glad I tried it but there are many better out there in my opinion.

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Photo of chinchill
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Orange Street brewpub location.
IBU = 75

Pours black with a fine creamy tan head that is very durable and leaves a complete coat of sticky lacing on th glass.

Aroma: herbal/citrus hops

Taste: strong hop flavor clashes with some dark roasted malts. High bitterness.

Feel: full body; smooth but slightly astringent.

O: Challenging Black IPA for hop-heads only.

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Photo of SamuelR
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ananddullabh
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MisterGone
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours black (duh) with a tinge of red in the light. Interestingly lighter tan head that drops pretty quickly. Aroma is subdued, which I am not used to in such a dark beer, especially one that plans to have big flavors. Aromas of burnt coffee, a hop note that I can't pin down from the char aroma, and a briny kelp. That last one may seem odd but to me that is pleasant. Flavor is more in line with Black IPA's by others. However, the burnt coffee and pine hop are the dominant flavors, vanilla takes such a serious back seat it it is barely there. Dark chocolate rounds out the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel for such a dark beer. Kind of an interesting savory take on the Black IPA.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pgofman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of koakley
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cdog707yo
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of dsshuck
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmsohyea
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Tons of tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, citrus, malted grain, and bitters.
Taste is of the aromas with an orange infused bitter chocolate bar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well balanced leaning towards a grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of stumac
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rowett
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lillitnn92
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paul_emm
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap: has a great head retention. Pours with a slight golden tint. A bit chalky on the mouthfeel. Less citrusy than expected; more coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Slightly bitter finish. Would pair nicely with a coffee cake, or sticky toffee pudding.

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Photo of Drknight
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bccrosley
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nugganooch
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 12/16/2014

A: Dark brownish black body. Not really a thick brew but definitely unclear as it holds together in the glass. A healthy vigor of khaki tan cream holds true for a few lengthy minutes before settling back down to the surface. Lightly tracked lacing creates a trellised look across the glass walls.

S: The nose is pungent with melon fruit, lemon grass, pine, and some mild tropical notes. Getting some unlikely green apple or green pear note there. Has just the most subtle roast character with a whisper of smoke to it. Seems very dry and earthy once all the hop character subsides. Interesting aromas to say the least. I am liking the hops on their own but not sure they are jiving well with everything else.

T: The beer has super resinous hop pucker with some real interesting green apple and kiwi fruit flavor going on. I get some further notes of lemon grass and pine. Dark roast appears in mists with a light and frothy touch of chocolate. Finish is super dry and quite punchy on the palate with some resinous linger. Not sure what to make of this one just yet. Has some crazy tropical floral notes with earthy roast mineral and something much like kiwi fruit to it. Isolated these might be good but all together not so much.

M: Moderately hefty body with a nice creamy consistency rolled into a high level of peppery bitterness. Finishes out very dry and resinous with some acrid notes. Mostly lands on the cleaner side I would say however.

D: Nice to see Coronado take a stab at the style. Interesting brew…a bit on the fence still. I like the crazy tropical hops utilized here I am just not sold on the final product. Really doesn’t seem to come together. Definitely not going to be a fav for me.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tannish head. In the aroma, coffee, chocolate roast, and a small sweetness. In the taste, a nice pine hop with a mix of coffee and chocolate. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop and coffee roast in the aftertaste. More a hoppy porter, but nice noetheless.

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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Black Sails from Coronado Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.