Serious Madness - Mad River Brewing Company
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a dark mocha colored head tops the brew perfectly to the rim of the glass. It's creamy and dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the sides. The body is dark, just a slight tint of dark embery red on the edges when held up to the light.
The smell is very intense and thick, I get a ton of roasted malt which give it a coffee type flavoring with just a hint of bitter dark chocolate. The hopping is very distinctive, floral and citrus in the forefront adding a little fruitness to that malty assault.
The flavor is awesome, really no other way to describe it but I can try...The malty flavors that come out are a smooth sweeter molasses and roasted coffee along with a slight smokiness to it. Reminds me much of a smoked porter. But at the same time while all that is going on the hops are providing a woody hop to the front and giving you a small bitter kick near the end before the sweeter malty reinstates itself in the aftertaste. Very balanced and extremely complex in flavor, I am definitely a fan.
The mouthfeel is just to my liking, smooth, creamy, and thick with maltiness, and refreshing with a lighter hoppy feeling of an ipa. Great job here with this brew, it's a sipper due to its immense amount of flavor but I feel like I could sip and contemplate it all day if I wanted.
10-25-2010 06:05:58 | More by dwilson01
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4/5 rDev +1%
Now this was a very interesting beer,it had alot of different stuff going on.Poured into a small tulip glass a deep cola cola color with a thinner but well retained deep tan colored head,great mix of resiny hop,mollases,and deep roast.Flavors are like a big raw porter with intensive hops,mollasses and coffee roast with resiny hop.To me this a big earthy American porter thats hopped to the hilt.I enjoyed it, although the alcohol will rear its ugly head.
01-24-2010 21:47:54 | More by oberon
3/5 rDev -24.2%
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a thick creamy tan head that foes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is subdued - roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruits.
The flavor is a lot of roast - some chocolate and coffee, with a big acidic bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, it's an OK, very roasty black ale.
09-15-2011 04:35:50 | More by Beaver13
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
12 ounce bottle a new arrival in 4 packs for $10.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness/bottling info offered.
Pours very dark brown, with a ruby glint or two. Mocha head that stays, low sheeting quickly goes to respectablebits of lace.
A touch of brandy soaked wood in the nose, along with roasty dark malts.
Flavoful, bold and complex brew. More brandy/wood, burnt and toasty malts, with a blast of drying hops. Nice. Dark tea, vanilla, leather and dark ripe fruit notes also picked up. Rich, smooth and milk shakey on the tongue. ABV well hidden. Well done, dark beer lovers, go get some of this fine stuff
03-22-2011 01:04:01 | More by Billolick
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is mainly toffee and chocolate. The flavors include toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, yeast and some spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-23-2010 00:16:24 | More by Mora2000
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
Serious Madness is a seriously dark ale, noticeable even in the nose, which bears notes of milk and dark chocolate, chocolate malt, peat, tobacco, and just at the edges, a slight floweriness from the hops.
On the tongue, the brew is instantly dark and black, with strong chocolate malts hitting the tastebuds, accompanied by ash and tobacco, as well as peat. The level of black malt flavors is more pronounced than a Guinness, and more geared toward ash and tobacco. Toasted pecans and slightly burnt grains round out the malt flavors. A good smattering of hops gives the beer a nice bitterness, though the grapefruit/pine notes normally associated with hops are largely overwhelmed by the malts. Aftertaste is mainly ash and chocolate malt, and lingers at the back of the throat for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light and silky, and carbonation is medium-light.
Overall, this is a good black ale, with plenty of flavor to go around. Some might find it a bit too ashy, and the brew is more watery on the tongue than I would have expected, given the flavors, but it's still a nice addition to the collection.
08-03-2011 03:15:36 | More by jondeelee
3.43/5 rDev -13.4%
Pretty much a black beer with a light brown head to it. Roasty smell.
A serious amount of bitterness. Heavy roasting. Chocolate and coffee malt probably. Very carbonated. Slight amount of metallic vibe to it. Not a lot of hop mouthfeel, just the bitterness.
A decent enough black beer, nothing complex, but it hides the alcohol well enough. Tough to really categorize the style, somewhere between a stout, porter and an ipa.
04-27-2011 16:26:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
Dark cola pretty much black color with a light beige tan head forming thick with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has faint citrus herabal hops amongst a nice dark fruit and dark roasted malted barley back drop. Dark chocolate with hints of coffee and anise in the nose, herbal citric hops are subtle but interwoven in both flavor and aroma. Dark roasted chocolate dry bitterness on the palate hints of dark roasted coffee accents, with hoppy underpinnings this is a nice Black IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied dry bitter finish between hops and malts alcohol well hidden. Moderate carbonation goes down extremely smooth on the palate slight trace hop oils make it sort of slick. Drinkability overall is a smash hit in my mouth nice dark ale qualities that don't fight with the hop profile a well executed version of a hard to do style.
10-16-2010 20:52:25 | More by WVbeergeek
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance - Pours near opaque black with a tan, finger width head. Good retention, leaving behind a nice layer of microbubbles that coats the surface. Lacing is thin and sheeting before clumping into spots on the glass.
Smell - Predominantly earth on the aroma. Chocolate mocha. Faint floral hops.
Taste - Strong roasted malt character upfront and throughout. Bitterness comes through as baker's chocolate and moderate anise character. Milk chocolate sweetness hits mid-taste before a nice, balanced finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Creamy at first, then turns a touch chalky and dry on the finish.
Overall - I wouldn't categorize this as an American Black Ale (or Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale, whathaveyou)... it drinks just like an Imperial Stout. In fact, I think it's been completely miscategorized here, and a perfect example of why I don't like that CDA's have been renamed American Black Ale. Black Ale is a generic term for any ale that's black in color, such as this. But it's nearly 75 IBU's you say? So what. Ten Fidy comes in at 98 IBUs. CDA is not only a more unique and less confusing term, but it also pays homage to that style's localized roots... but I digress. This is a solid all-around beer. Great balance. Wonderfully drinkable. Don't expect it to be a CDA, or 'ABA'. It's not.
04-07-2013 05:42:19 | More by TheSixthRing
3.8/5 rDev -4%
On tap at Toronado. Perhaps the most interesting beer I had this aft there. Black wth a big soapyhead, and followed u with lace. Creamy above-Average mouthfeel. I was getting more of the black, the roastiness, though that was dominating and it was one-dimensional. More like a shwartzbier to me, although yes there were hops. Aroma was coconutty.
Had a bottle later and was just as good, with better aromas and left aftertaste.
05-30-2010 03:54:50 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev -2%
A - black with a big, thick, brown head that has great retention; some sediment floating in the dark liquid
S - very faint nose; some chocolate
T - chocolate, roasted malts, black licorice, dark fruit, faint citrus, mildly bitter
M - medium bodied, well carbonated
This was a decent beer. It wasn't as hoppy as I was hoping, but the rich, complex maltiness was enough to keep me intrigued. The hops seem to get buried revealing only a slight citrusy undertone. Something a bit more bitter may have had a better chance against the depth of the malt. All in all, I did enjoy this beer, and I would recommend it to any fan of the style.
02-06-2013 02:32:31 | More by tdm168
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and hops. Good aroma, just a little fainter than expected and desired.
T- The taste is bursting with flavor. Dark roasted malt and a lot of bitterness from the hops. Very enjoyable!
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Perfect!
O- Overall, this is a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed! Recommended!
05-25-2012 03:48:16 | More by cjgator3
2.58/5 rDev -34.8%
Pours a half finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, sour milk and grass. It's not a great smell.
The taste starts mildly sweet, then some lemon bitterness in the middle to end. It has a milk flavor to it all.
The texture is crisp and soft around the sides.
The sour smell and milk flavor really through this beer off.
04-23-2014 00:35:41 | More by Fatehunter
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
Pours black with a thick and firm tan head; very nice looking.
Nose is of weak black chocolate with some sweetness; light licorice and hints of black cherry.
Mouth is medium bodied and nice balance.
Flavors are of bitter black chocolate and bitter coffee with a hint of sweetness; flavors develope into espresso and chocolate and get better as the beer warms.
Finish is a strong point - nice bitter black chocolate/bitter coffee finish with a hint of sweet chocolate in the first part of the finish.
Beer gets better and better as it warms.
06-29-2010 05:41:01 | More by GRG1313
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
A: Pours a beautiful black with a one-finger light tan head. Awesome lacing. Can't wait.
S: Holy malt batman. A plethora of sweet malt aroma with hints of licorice and slight hoppiness.
T: Delicious. Sweet caramel and toasty chocolate with great alcohol balance and a hint of hops. Only thing I would ask for is a slightly stronger hop profile in an ABA.
M: Somewhat chewy for an ale; more like a stout (I'm not complaining). Solid carbonation
O: This is a great beer. Maybe a touch too sweet and a little lacking in hops, but that is nitpicking this tasty brew. Give it a shot!
06-15-2011 02:40:21 | More by PorterForMe
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle offered at Pizza Paradiso DC poured into a tumbler.
A very simple light cococa head almost tan in color, sitting on top of a very dark brown walnut body that is opaque. There's some slight red hues around the edges.
Smell is quite interesting and unexpected. Roasted malt, and a very big presence of good coffee. There's however a sense of gas/sulfur but also some nice chocolate but also a bit of heat.
Taste though at first is like pressed coffee, but it's the body and mouthfeel that comes out the most noticeable. Extremely carbonated and prickly and very light bodied. Finish though is a nice toffee like and bit of milk chocolate. Malt finish and there is a big sense of stickyness in the palate.
Overall not too bad, just wish it had a better feel.
05-05-2011 17:27:21 | More by smakawhat
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
A: center-pour into a nonic pint: opaque black body, dense head of rich tan foam, ample lacing
S: roasted bittersweet dark malts
T: flashes of anise over sweet malt, roasted bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee; earthy and herbal undercurrents
M: thick, chewy, bittering, crisp on the finish
O: I found this to be a very enjoyable beer, approaching a stout in character and an Imperial in strength.
01-05-2013 21:06:38 | More by Greywulfken
Serious Madness from Mad River Brewing Company
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