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Serious Madness - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 18
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 124 | Display Reviews Only:
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

08-23-2013 04:23:45 | More by beernads
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ncelauro

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-06-2013 20:31:39 | More by ncelauro
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-01-2013 20:17:28 | More by ste5venla
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pkalix

California

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

interesting. black with floaty stuff all through the body?? what the heck is that? many other reviewers have questions of different sorts, it seems. no one mentions the 'floaty' stuff....
little bit of head which receded instantly.
smell is cocoa nibs, roasty and toasty coffee, some hop....
taste is dark and stout. roasty coffee. some hop bitterness.
overall, a satisfying brew. not thick like a stout, but thicker than the typical ale. not overly hoppy, but a nice blend of the malt and hop. I just cant figure out what the suspended stuff is... maybe some powdered cocoa? it does look a little like when you add cinnamon powder to the coffee or chai tea and is what is left trolling around the bottom of your mug... I had to lower my overall due to the floaty stuff...

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:52:46 | More by pkalix
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger dark cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate with some roasted coffee, almost a porter. Higher ABV hidden. 12oz bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:35:16 | More by jdhilt
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Zbeetleman

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-08-2013 05:47:20 | More by Zbeetleman
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +1%

06-30-2013 06:34:32 | More by zestar
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Lazaro

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

06-29-2013 04:59:42 | More by Lazaro
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

06-26-2013 12:38:07 | More by petermethot
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%

06-25-2013 13:29:36 | More by mrfrancis
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-24-2013 00:24:05 | More by AngusOg
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-20-2013 00:59:28 | More by Lukass
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piconaut

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

06-15-2013 03:58:30 | More by piconaut
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1%

05-19-2013 14:24:19 | More by kguard
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jk3

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-02-2013 11:42:50 | More by jk3
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

05-01-2013 16:40:28 | More by jak
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%

04-27-2013 03:38:17 | More by johnnyboy76
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 04:16:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Total Wine in Tampa FL for 3$

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size fizzy dark beige coloured head. It's too dark to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, coffee, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts. There is also a light smokiness and some chocolate and some very light hops. It ends with a chocolate/coffee aftertaste and only a very faint hit off hops.

Overall – Can't find a date on this bottle.. but I have a hunch it is not at it's best. I can hardly taste any of the hop/grapefruit flavours I'd expect to find in a California Black Ale. Still a good RIS taste going on though.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:41:15 | More by spinrsx
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JakeDebus

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-15-2013 12:21:13 | More by JakeDebus
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It's quite dark with a dark beige head around one finger thick.

Aroma: Hazelnut, dark fruits, espresso, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, roasted hops with some light citrus notes.

Taste: Large roasty notes notes in the front. Vanilla bean, chocolate malt, dark roasted hops that have a dry floralness. Espresso and dark coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: Drinkable all the way around the dry finish is a nice touch as well the hops being in the background of it all. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:22:08 | More by horshack7
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lemniscate

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-14-2013 01:49:39 | More by lemniscate
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BB1313

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with brown hues. Kakhi head that fades and leaves decent lacing. The aromas are full of roasted chocolate malts. There's hints of smoke, oak, caramel and vanilla. There's a subtle anise/black licorice notes, but it definitely doesn't dominate. Not much of a hop aroma. Flavors are loaded with dark chocolate giving it a nice bitterness. Hop bitterness is there; hop flavor not so much. But I don't really think this is intended to be a "Black IPA". This truly is a black ale. It's more reminiscent of a stout or a porter, but not quite. Very roasty. Coffee notes are there as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a big beer and there's alot of carbonation. It doesn't exactly match with the flavors, imo, but still works. Alcohol is hidden.

Starts off interesting and then becomes redundant, but it's still pretty solid. This would be good for the winter or during the colder weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 22:35:34 | More by BB1313
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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-07-2013 20:53:56 | More by tfsimpkins
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TheSixthRing

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 05:42:19 | More by TheSixthRing
Serious Madness from Mad River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.