Black Rhino - Adelbert's Brewery

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Adelbert's Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BigBarley on 02-02-2013

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by BeerandWhiskeyHQ:
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 01/15/2014
Medium tan colored head. The body (as the name suggest) is completely black and delightfully sinister looking
Heavy roast notes and cocoa- not a really powerful nose, but makes me want to take my first sip even more to find out what is underneath
Very malty, coffee grounds, slightly bitter and perhaps some traditional Belgian Character to it. All of this is accompanied by a very long, persistent and extremely good finish. Very light mouthfeel and very drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a nice dark brown color, almost black in appearance, its topped off with a semi-dark tan head that’s bubbly and quickly dissipates into a thin ring of lacing with an island of bubbles in the middle. Floral and fruity aromas are present, some spiced apples and mild fig smells too. This is a very bitter ale at first, good roasted coffee flavors do come through, the spices and fruits take a back seat and are detectable. It is dry and light-to-medium bodied. The aftertaste is sweet, the bitterness calms down, the roasted coffee mellows out, and the spice comes through a bit more. The bitterness calms down, as the ale warms up, overall not a bad beer.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a beautiful rich black with a lightly colored head that is effervescent, lively and settles at a more than acceptable rate. There is decent uniform lacing as well.

The nose is smoky sweet malt with notes of dark chocolate and hops.

The taste is nice and complex roasted goodness with strong hopping that is prevalent and elegantly balanced with the roasted barley giving way to sweetness that is a mix of caramels, coffee, toasted bread and spice with a very nice and pleasant dry finish.

The mouthfeel is rich but not heavy and is just right for this type of brew.

Overall the beer is extremely good and rather enjoyable. I highly recommend it and will be drinking this one again.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish black with a finger of bubbly white head. The aroma is pretty typical of a Belgian, with esters and clovex present. The taste is initially similar, but there's definitely a smokiness there. Medium-light mouth, and the carbonation gives it a nice crispness. Not a bad little brew.

Photo of joriv
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Good "schtuff"!!! And I'm not only saying this because I've had a glass or two.

Photo of Erex91
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip glass

Appearance: Very dark but not quite opaque. Has a dark reddish/brown hue throughout. This one has a solid head. I counted 2 1/2 fingers. The head lingers for awhile, but eventually dies down to about 2 centimeters. Lacing is splotchy and inconsistent.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here. Toasted smell with faint hints of almond, vanilla, and dried fruit. Nothing stands out.

Taste: It looks like it may be rough, but as the nose suggests; its a subtle beer. Again I am picking up some dried fruit, but ever so lightly. Little to no taste of malts or hops. In all honesty, the taste makes me think of a bitter Dr. Pepper.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy with a toasted aftertaste. Leaves a slight coating on the mouth, but nothing too slimy.

Overall: I was not impressed nor was I dissatisfied. I find the name to be quite unfitting since this beer does not seem rare or beastly.


Photo of Can_has_beer
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy brown with the slightest amount of off-white head.

S- Not very much going on with the nose. Maybe some figs?

T- The dark malt comes through foremost, followed by the sweetness of the Belgian yeast.

M- Decent carbonation. Nothing extraordinary but nothing bad either.

O- I was a little let down by this one because I love dark ales and one of the first beers I ever had was a Belgian black ale, back in 2006. Alas, this one just did not hit the spot.

Photo of Premo88
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip

L: dark amber, almost blackish red but crystal clear, huge head of tan foam, maybe 1 1/2 inches, no sticking or lacing but the beer keeps a thick collar and full skin

S: fruity, very dubbelesque;

T: peaty fruit skins ... the sweetness in the nose is nowhere to be seen here in the flavor, but some of that fruit is here; smokey, contributing to an earthy flavor (lack of sweetness); as it warms, a toasted caramel/toffee flavor adds a pinch of sweetness; aftertaste has a lingering woodiness/peaty flavor

F: full from carbonation but light

O: interesting beer with everything very subdued -- the peat, smoke, fruit, caramel, toffee and earthy notes are all just hints with no one overpowering the others; the big head of foam and good carbonation are very Belgian abbey ale-like, as is the fruity notes, especially in the nose

Photo of joeyfeets
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

It's named perfectly because it pours completely opaque & black. The aroma is not as overpowering as a rhino however. I pick up a subtle roasty malt with a hint of cocoa. The taste mirrors this but adds in a bit of coffee. A very creamy ale with a toasty aftertaste. Very sessionable.

Photo of BigBarley
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, murky deep brown, almost a hybrid of tan and purple. Muddy red shines around the edges when held up to light. Forms a finger of khaki head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Sweet, smokey scent, yeast and spices, some dark fruit notes, faint crisp apple, spices on the back. Very interesting smell.

T - Somewhat mild, unfortunately. Mostly just a spicy, strange Belgian Yeast flavor. Interesting earthy notes, some faint burned biscuit flavor, Not a bad flavor, just doesn't standout the way I prefer a Belgian style ale to.

M - Good carbonation even after a very hard pour. Not very thick, a little more watery than I expected, but drinks smoothly. No alcohol detected in flavor or feel, which is a good thing at this ABV.

O - Not the best dark-style I've tried, but it's got it's own quirky appeal. I recommend it when you're in the mood for something that won't strangle your taste buds but will still stand out a little. Unique without blowing your mind.

Photo of Beerismylifeblood69
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Great Black ale. Nice and sweet, but chocolatey and slightly smokey, but lighter than a stout. The dry finish makes it feel like I'm drinking a beer instead of eating a cake.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. The aroma reminds me of mentholatum. Kind of odd for a beer, much less a dark beer. Has a smokey, BBQ taste but not on the strong side. Very little bitterness is involved.

Photo of lancecenter
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't say it any better than reviewer BigBarley, so I'm just going to quote him:

"Not the best dark-style I've tried, but it's got it's own quirky appeal. I recommend it when you're in the mood for something that won't strangle your taste buds but will still stand out a little. Unique without blowing your mind."

Photo of ZBowden
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark Crimson with a creamy head, smells bitter and sour almost like olives, tastes bitter and spiced with a malty character as well, normal mouthfeel and wet finish.

Black Rhino from Adelbert's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.