Douglas - Steel Toe Brewing
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4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Dark brown with nice tan head that lasts awhile.
Smell: Mostly a mild roasted aroma, with chocolate and molasses. Light pine and citrus. Surprisingly mild.
Taste: Strong roasted taste of bitter chocolate, burnt molasses and spent espresso grounds. There is some pine and citrus as well. Finish is somewhat bitter from both the hops and a roasted bite.
Feel: Smooth and creamy medium to full body with moderately low carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall: A well done Black Ale. Nice mouthfeel, complex flavors but the aroma is too mild.
04-27-2013 19:16:39 | More by bsp77
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of beige head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves lots of creamy lacing around the glass.
Smell: A fairly hop forward black ale aroma with a solid dark malt presence. Sharp and spicy piney hop scent up front with some earthy and herbal hints of grass. Also some mild citrus hop hints of orange and grapefruit. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, yeast, and a little smoke. Some hints of brown sugar and syrup sweetness. A very solid black ale smell.
Taste: Like it smells, a bitter and rich taste of piney hops and dark malt sweetness. Hoppy upfront with a good taste of spicy piney hops along with some earthy grass. Herbal hops along with some notes of citrus orange peel and grapefruit. Sweet dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and smoke. Sweet notes of brown sugar and a little syrup. Nice balance of the bitter hops and sweet dark malt. Very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and slightly syrupy. Finishes fairly dry.
Overall: A very good take on the black ale style. Solid hop flavor with a nice sweet dark malt balance.
04-26-2013 06:50:53 | More by MattyG85
4.21/5 rDev +7.1%
Picked up a bomber of this as soon as it was available. I've loved all of Steel Toe's previous offerings so far so I was excited to try this.
Served out of a short, oversized wine glass (not sure what the technical name for these are -- not a snifter), cold out of the fridge. Fairly gentle pour down the side of the glass but let a little slosh in there to get some head, about one finger. It's a nice light caramel color, most of it receding over the next minute. Lace is nice -- not as beautiful or sticky as some IPAs I've had, but definitely leaves a nice pattern down the side of the glass. Retains a fairly small amount of head, but enough around the sides to leave the aforementioned lace.
Not black in color, but fairly dark. Could see a tiny bit of light through it but not much. The smell is a bit toasty, with what I swear to be a hint of chocolate. Nice malty body with a hint of hops as well. Reminds me of a stout, but mixed with a black ale. Fits the bill, in my opinion.
Now, down to the really important stuff -- the taste. There's a nice bitter bite up front, but not too much. The bitterness stays with you as it goes down, but fades nicely. It has a fairly dry finish, which is enjoyable. Some black ales I've had have been a bit too oily for my liking. There's a pleasant toasty flavor (as I would describe it) combined with a great hop flavor -- slightly grassy? Maybe a bit of pine? I'm no expert at picking out hop characteristics. However, the malt and hops work together very well.
The mouthfeel is great; it's not thin, but it's not so chewy or heavy that you feel like you're drinking an imperial stout. It's a nice medium that makes it easy to drink, but filling and lasting enough to satisfy.
All in all, this is an easy drinker with great flavors. It's not super "balanced" and there aren't a ton of subtle flavors in it that will have you tasting something new every time you try it, but it's a solid beer any time time you're feeling like a black ale. It reminds of a less bitter version of Indeed Brewing's Midnight Ryder, with a thicker body. Given the ABV, drinkability and price of this stuff, I will be buying more it, and it's easy to suggest. I'm not sure how well this will age... probably not very well, considering the hops give this brew the punch it has. Drink it while you've got it, but if it sits around for a month, it will probably be just fine. Another winner from Steel Toe.
04-18-2013 01:14:21 | More by yokken
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Decent black IPA from my favorite TC brewery. This ale is more of a dark brown than a black color, with a decent tan head that lingers nicely. The smell and taste are of green, piney hops, pretty intense with some green bitterness on the palate. No real roast or malt present, pretty dry and bitter overall with just the lightest hint of dark malt. I would have liked a bit more malt or hops that had more citrus flavors.
04-15-2013 04:11:35 | More by sacrelicio
Douglas from Steel Toe Brewing
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