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Blackbeard Ale - Virgin Islands Brewing Co.

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Blackbeard AleBlackbeard Ale

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52 Ratings

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Virgin Islands Brewing Co.
Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 40
Photo of kendrid
1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had this on a recent trip to St Thomas. When I ordered it the bartender warned me that the majority of people do not like it.

I couldn't finish even half of the bottle. My wife thought it taste like soy sauce. I found it very grassy/weedy.

Photo of clager
2.27/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Initially really liked the combination of burnt malt and apple cider flavor, however as it warmed up a bit it tasted more like rotten apples and I was unable to finish it.

Photo of ZEB89
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of muskiesman
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of quadhog
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce

Pours a clear amber with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of apples, some citrus, and a mild hop bitterness.

Flavor is unexpected. Tart like sour apples with a rich molasses and honey malt and a mild hop bitterness.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A strange ale, not what I was expecting. I liked it okay but looking at other reviews, I wonder if I got an off one since my flavor experience seems pretty unique. It'll probably be a long while before I get to try one again so I'll just have to go off what I know.

Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle. Minhas by way of the Virgin Islands.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few streaks of sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of faint caramel/bready malt, acrid orchard fruit, a certain familiar chemical runoff, and weedy, mildly skunky hops. The taste is nutty caramel malt, a more fresh-seeming apple and pear fruitiness, a soft hard water minerality, and earthy, weedy hops, that skanky rather surprisingly blown off.

The carbonation is pretty laid back, inert, even, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and kinf of tacky in its smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, nuts, and fruit abetted by a burgeoning menthol alcohol.

More of an amber ale than a pale ale, with a modicum of restraint in terms of the Minhas house um, flavour. Anyways, hardly an exemplar of the style, but I'm sure this kills in St. Croix.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Self listed as an amber ale. Malty aroma. Lots of white lace on yellow golden. A little astringent, and corn. Bitter, even a tad sour and not so drinkable. I could have this on a 100 Fahrenheit day in a pinch.Thanks for sharing Josh. The bitterness is not from hops, a little dry.

Photo of MooseBoose
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber body with a thin half finger rapidly dissipating head.

S: caramel malts and milk chocolate.

T: heavy on the sweet caramel malts. Earthy hop notes, nice milk chocolate  and some mild dark fruit in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: drinkable and sweet. Almost like an amber ale meets a milk stout. Nice one to try while on st thomas.

Photo of Risser09
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · Fridge temp · probably 2011

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color with a 2" ivory head. Good retention. Some lacing.

Smell: Caramel, nougat, freshly crushed barley, earthy hop oils. Very English indeed.

Taste: More caramel, cereal grains, some bitterness, milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nice, creamy texture that drinks very easily. A lingering bitterness rounds out this English style pale ale.

Drinkability: I expected much worse from this beer but it turned out to be a solid brew. It follows it's style guidelines perfectly, but doesn't offer anything too exciting. I would drink it if I ever visited the Virgin Islands.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They used to carry this stuff at Trader Joe's I believe. Kinda of a dull gold and light amber appearance, about 3/4" head to it. Aroma was lacking hops. I thought navy beers were highly hopped?

Hop character stays behind, pale and caramel malt smoothness plays first chair here. Easy drinking, even a little chewy. Do they use some of that caribbean traded molassesin here? No freshness date available. Mild sweetness. Not bad, not exceptional, pretty much right down the middle for this one.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to plastic cup in St. Thomas, USVI on 6/3/11
*From notes

A: Rich and dark 24k gold. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and passable lacing.

S: Cinnamon topped rice pudding, and dark spiced rum. Not a hint of hops or malt. It's really crazy, and I kinda dig it.

T: Heavy cream, milk chocolate and a heavy dose of nutmeg. I've never encountered a beer like it, regardless of style. Big time malt with a touch of smoke. The hops provide a slight hint of bitterness on the finish that really ties the brew together.

M: Rich. Almost too much considering the ABV. It's well carbonated and sports a good deal of weight.

O: Virgin Island's Blackbeard Ale is such a unique beer. It doesn't drink or taste like an English Pale Ale, and though the ABV is low, it isn't sessionable because it's so jam packed with a heavy spice bill.

Worth knocking a couple back while living the Pirate lifestyle in the islands.

Photo of corby112
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark colden copper/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light and a frothy one finger yellowish beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Slightly toasted caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee, biscuit and faint earthy hops.

Medium bodied and much fuller than expected. Most of the carribean "craft" beers I've had so far have been slightly amped up macros/adjuncts but thi beer is pretty complex and well crafted. There a soft, crisp hop flavor up front that provides slight dryness/bitterness which lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a dry finish. The hops are quickly countered mid-palate by a sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, rye, toffee and biscuit. Very well balanced and although it's darker/heavier than expected, this beer is very quaffable in this tropical climate.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance, a light tan with a good off white head. Aromas of malty sweetness.

Taste is a lot of malt with slight bitterness along with some sweetness, a really nice mixture.

With a medium high carbonation, a really light feel on tongue, tingly. A good light ale with some malty flavour and slight bitterness, I could drink a few of these and enjoy each one.

Photo of chetripley
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from CBC Member Steve from his recent trip to the Virgin Islands. Thanks for the stowaway.

Poured a clear and bubbly amber hue into a pint glass from the bottle.

Smells of grain and fruit, a little yeast. Smells a little confusing, not a familiar smell.

Tastes were a lot better than the smells, grains and a little wetness, then a yeast presence, the the bitterness balancing out quickly leaving a slightly sweet finish.

Drinkable and the right amount of carbonation and smooth finish makes me happy I received this.

Can't wait to travel down there myself and experience it firsthand.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackbeard Ale...got to try this in St. Thomas.

Appearance-pours a light brown, decent head comes up with heavy bubbles but dies down quickly. Ok but nothing special.

Smell-dried malt, lingering alcohol aroma, residual syrupy sweetness as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malt, alcohol and light chocolate flavors, more filling and layered than I expected. Decent taste, a little muddled but again more than you might think.

Drinkability-good flavor, fits the profile.

Overall-A pleasent suprise in the Virgin Islands, a flavorful pale ale, not perfect but there is more here than in ales with similar profiles.

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Blackbeard Ale from Virgin Islands Brewing Co.
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