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Blackbeard Ale - Virgin Islands Brewing Co.

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Blackbeard AleBlackbeard Ale

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48 Ratings

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001)
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-09-2014 23:11:40 | More by quadhog
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

03-14-2014 13:09:18 | More by TheDrunkenDeer
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-13-2013 05:25:03 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-23-2013 21:48:00 | More by tommyguz
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

09-29-2013 03:00:07 | More by cam477
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3.56/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-15-2013 23:08:09 | More by Cylinsier
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Alberta (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

08-09-2013 20:24:36 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.3%

06-16-2013 15:23:28 | More by TheBeeraholic
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-03-2013 18:07:18 | More by beernads
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

04-11-2013 01:21:03 | More by Arsenal0328
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Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

03-08-2013 12:59:12 | More by Sammy
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

01-31-2013 16:23:22 | More by MooseBoose
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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

09-12-2012 20:12:00 | More by wattoclone
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3.4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

05-03-2012 19:07:46 | More by kylehay2004
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3.15/5  rDev -9%

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.

10-10-2011 00:32:08 | More by Risser09
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

06-22-2011 23:07:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

06-22-2011 22:47:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.3/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

03-16-2011 20:51:11 | More by corby112
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3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

12-01-2009 15:13:27 | More by ImusBeer
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

11-02-2009 03:55:31 | More by chetripley
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

10-30-2009 20:20:45 | More by TheDeuce
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2.35/5  rDev -32.1%

Shout out to Michelle for bringing this back from your vacation for me. Pours a mostly clear light brown color with a rich cap of fine-bubbled tan foam. Retention is good and lacing is moderate.

Smell is malted milk, cocoa and tart fruitiness. Not liking where this is heading, it does not smell very appetizing.

Taste is a bit better than the nose, but still has some oxidized cardboard and light fruit flavors. The malts are sweet and caramely, and there is a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Arrr...This does not seem to be a well brewed beer, matey...either that or this is an old bottle...both seem to be distinct possibilities.

08-02-2009 23:04:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to Cigar City Brew for this one.

A: Pours a golden hue with a small head. No retention or lace.

S: Huge sweet caramel aroma with hints of grainy malt.

T: Bold caramel sweetness gives way to lightly toasted bread.

M: Medium in body okay carbonation.

D: Not bad. I had this one before on a trip to the Virgin Islands and it was one of the better offerings on the Island. That being said much better stuff back home.

12-09-2008 20:00:58 | More by tpd975
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3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

I got to try this in St.Thomas last month
Bright amber color with a creamy white head. Sweet banana aroma with some biscuity malt character.
Nice mouthfeel, creamy and smooth on the palate. Medium to light bodied. Bigtime banana flavours, notes of molasses and faint toffee. Dry grain notes and a raw hop bite at the end.

11-09-2008 16:06:08 | More by WakeandBake
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3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

12/8/2006. Recently visited St. Thomas and got the chance to sample this beer. Hard to give it a true rating... I mean I could have been drinking Bud and would have loved it. Matter of fact I did have a bud that day :-) Something about being on some island, in the sun and away from work that makes all things better. Blackbeard Ale - Amber/copper colored, quite smooth with a definite maltiness to it. Slight hopiness with caramel mixed in there. Good overall beer that could possibly use a little extra kick to it. Easy to drink.

08-24-2008 21:01:21 | More by changeup45
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Blackbeard Ale from Virgin Islands Brewing Co.
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