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Serious Madness - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 18
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 02-26-2009)
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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 45-50F. Looked near perfect, with a large tan head over a black body with dark mahogany edges, The head is durable and leaves plenty of splotchy lacing.

Medium+ body; silky smooth; Light+ carbonation.

The aroma promises a load of dark malts and has hints of chocolate.and coffee.

The flavor follows. It's rich and moderately complex, with as much dark malt as I'll probably ever want. Fairly minimal burnt flavors and negligible char. Momentarily sweet, it becomes increasingly bitter going into the finish and aftertaste. Higher ABV is partially evident but well integrated and eloquant.

chinchill, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of blakokoo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

blakokoo, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

wrightst, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of einman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

einman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Lynn, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Axnjxn, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Beerlover, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +0.8%

bernat1971, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

KevinGordon, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +0.8%

paulish, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Wiz99
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Wiz99, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of opwog
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

opwog, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +0.8%

speedvagen, May 25, 2014
Photo of rxthree
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

rxthree, May 06, 2014
Photo of t2thebro
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

t2thebro, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
2.58/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

Fatehunter, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of RockinRob925
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

RockinRob925, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice, subtle aroma of hops, coffee, and a little chocolate.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, and malt. Not as hoppy as some black ales, but still pretty high. An incredibly well-balanced flavor: Coffee and chocolate have strong flavors, but they never overpower this beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, very tasty beer. Definitely worth a try.

avalon07, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of BastardKing24
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with little head, but leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smell is of dark roast and hops. Sort of muted, but its still there. Pine and cocoa dominate.

Taste is pretty good with a good kick of hoppiness, along with a decadent backbone of dark malt to give it a nice balance of Cocoa and coffee, and pine, and citrusy hops.

Feel is mild carb with a slickness that leaves the pallet wanting more.

Overall I like this but it is not up to par with the likes of wookey jack or sublimley.

BastardKing24, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted coffee, citrus, ash, and smoke.

Taste: Roasted coffee, ash, mild bitterness, mik chocolate, and citrus. Chocolate notes are similar to cocoa nibs. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation, a little mild ash bitterness, and a little booze.

Overall: This was a very enjoyable black ale. Stout and porter characteristics with the hop characteristics of an IPA. Awesome stuff.

Flounder57, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Braz, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of BESTIALEX
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

BESTIALEX, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date

Look is a very dark cola, lots of sediment. So, bonus points for that. Smell is herbal and sweet, like a spiced tea. Some roasted malts, too. Taste clashes: metallic flavors, dark fruits, English tasting hops.

Not my favorite black ale.

jimmah120, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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Serious Madness from Mad River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.