Mad Brewers Noir Stout - Malt Shovel Brewery
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3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
On tap at the Local Taphouse Darlinghurst.
Very dark brown, not close enough to black, with a filmy but very fine head of light beige. Thin body, which may account for the fact that there's very little lacing. Still, looks pretty decent.
Roasty nose, but subtle and subdued. Hints of light chocolate and toasted grains, with a bit of bready roundness. Not bad. Certainly a true stout nose, if not one that punches me with its force.
Taste is smooth, with almost a dichotomy on the palate. There's plenty of roasted, slightly astingent bitterness, but there's this light and sweet chocolate and caramel flavour sitting above that at the same time, but completely disconnected from it. I can feel it on the palate too, as though the two flavours are connecting with different parts of my tongue. It adds depth to the palate but in an unusual way, as if the full gamut of flavours are not being represented. It's tremendously interesting though.
Nice brew, is it the addition of the liquorice root that gives it such a strange break on the palate?. Whatever causes it, the brew is tasty and drinkable though.
09-28-2010 02:51:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
Light roast aroma. Slightly tart.
Black colour with a foamy tan head. Great lacing. The head dissipates fairly quickly to a patchy foam.
Sweet and malty with plenty of fruity esters. There is a bare hint of roast in the flavour. Empty finish.
Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation feels a touch prickly.
It's a drinkable stout but that's it. It could do with a bit of beefing up and for a stout brewed with liquorice the herb doesn't really come through.
10-30-2010 13:02:06 | More by dgilks
2.9/5 rDev -20.1%
Bottle from a Supermarket in Melbourne. Best before May 2012. From notes.
A - Poured black with a film of head, decent carbonatio nand no lace or retention.
S - Cola, roasted notes. Quite a strong chocolate note.
T - Cola, chocolate, a little roasty. Cola was pretty strong.
M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet chocolatey finish.
O/D - Meh. A little weak. No licorice to speak of. For the style it's not worth looking for.
03-09-2012 03:05:27 | More by tbeckett
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours black with a large, tan head. Nose shows roasty, bready and grainy malt. Not much going on. Some coffee. Flavours are rather sweet, quite sugary. Nice roasty character, although it seems pretty watery. You have to search a bit for the liquorice (well apart from the sugary character).
08-18-2011 00:11:48 | More by CrazyDavros
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours the darkest cola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a tanned two finger fast vanishing head and settles to a layer and a rim of lacing,smell is liquorice,dark coffee,aniseed and roasted malts,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied well carbonated and has tastes of liquorice firstly followed by some roasted malts,bitter dark coffee,a touch of bitterweet dark chocolate and finished off with a touch of dark fruity hops and on first couple of sips a nice hit of alcoholic warmth and overall its good for its price but not enough boundaries pushed for me in this one as its a pretty straight forward stout and guys you are sposed to be the Mad Brewers come on cheers.
06-13-2011 06:53:50 | More by ADZA
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours black, with, erm, not much head, thats being polite, which fades quickly.
The nose is very restrained. Very. Mrs heygeebee described the smell as 'bitter' which I think is the least descriptive she has ever been!!!!
Taste is anothe matter. Wonderful sweet malts, chocolate, coffee and burnt flavours dominate the mid-palate, and the sweetness lingers. Licorice comes thru later, but mild.
Carbonation? Hmmmph - almost flat. Light in the mouth as well.
Overall? I think the 'Mad' Brewers are about 1% delusional. Thats it. Not a special brew, but one that has promise. Shame about the nose and carbonation, the taste is a treat. I have never rated a beer all over the place like this one before.
Might get one more for the cellar, given the ABV...
06-11-2011 08:57:43 | More by heygeebee
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
Drank on Tap at Norfolk Hotel, Fremantle.
They poured it so cold I had to sit it in the sun for 20 minutes to warm it up !
A - Pours a nice deep ebony colour with a large bubbled, tanned head that dies quickly.
S - A bit of roasted nuts and sweet liquorice.
T - Roastiness and dark chocolate with a hint of wheat and coffee, finishes with a lingering liquorice taste that is quite moorish.
M - Slightly under body for a RIS and over carbonated.
D - The TEN20 commenroative is still the standout Mad Brewer brew to date but having said that it's still a big improvement on the Raspberry wheat and Orchard Ale which were quite awful. Not a true RIS but does have some interesting characteristics to make it worth a try.
From the Bottle 04/06/2011
A - Pours a Nice dark Ebony colour with a tanned head that dies all to quickly.
S - Little bit of herb and licorice but mainly malt.
T - Plenty of malts, and some coffee on the finish. The licorice is there in the middle but not powerful enough.
M - Medium to full body and low to medium carbonation. A bit watery for an RIS
O - Not as good as last year as I remember the licorice being much more present.
Only a C+ for the effort in the bottle.
09-07-2010 04:25:32 | More by eric5bellies
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
Nearly black with a red tinge and a lightly tanned thin creamy head. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
Certainly has a licorice spice smell to it. A bit of light chocolate sort of a toned down youngs. Not much more than that really.
Super creamy texture. Very mellow and smooth for 7% abv. Licorice and spice are quite minimal in the taste. Though not big on roast or coffee it still has a nice pillowy chocolate and light spice that is quite appealing. The large bottle is probably about the right size as any more might get overly sweet and heavy. As it is, it's quite an enjoyable and interesting stout. A good one to introduce people to the style if already interested in the finer things.
**previous review on tap 10-21-2010 score 3.78**
Half pint at squires bounty in Hobart.
Looks enticing in the glass. Thin tan head over a lightish dark stout. Dim lighting in the restaurant but still able to see some hints of red through e glass. Low carbonation.
Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt and a bit of roast. Light hint of licorice adds some complexity. Very nice.
Taste misses a bit of the kick expected of a biggish stout. Would like to see the grain bill but guessing heavy on the light to medium crystal and light on any roast, chocolate or black malt. While it misses some of that dry highly roasted malt character it isn't cloyingly sweet. Really well balanced considering the hop character is quite low.
11-28-2011 05:02:11 | More by joecast
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
640 ML poured into a globe glass
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black with a few touches of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Nice reverse cascading light brown head that built to two fingers before receding leaving ABV legs in the process. Good head retention on this.
S-- At first it was mostly chocolate and Carmel, once it warmed the Liquorice root really came alive and sort of pushed aside the chocolate and Carmel smells.
T-- Chocolate, Carmel and licorice. Fresh licorice really. Smooth but slightly acidic.
M-- Smooth, very smooth tasting. Touches of chocolate and Carmel sweetness in the front, followed by more licorice in the mid and finishes with a odd but good milk chocolate/ acidic/ sweet finish. Slightly high carbonation but it makes up for it in smoothness. Not heavy at all, a little thin at times but the flavor profile really does this well
O-- Not really a RIS, more like a plain old stout or sweet stout but a good one. Well hidden ABV at 7%. Like that this is a smooth, easy to drink stout with a lot of flavors and character.
06-16-2011 15:48:07 | More by mulder1010
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
Best before 16/5/2012
a) Very dark brown -> black. Faint garnet hint at the edges. Fluffy, lacy beige head.
s) Mocha/drak chocolate & roasted grain. Perhaps a hint of cherry, maybe a touch of ash.
t) Initial sweet stout experience, plus hazelnut & chocolate. Lingers into an ash note, with a firm licorice powder character. It's a bit like a maraschino-centered chocolate.
m) Smooth, medium bodied.
d) To me, a nice sweet stout; doesn't strike me as being "imperial". The licorice is a suitable and balanced addition.
09-17-2011 01:33:09 | More by vancurly
4.22/5 rDev +16.3%
I found this to be a very enjoyable drink.
What stood out for me was the underlying tones of not just liquorice but the raspberry liquorice that can be bought.
It was not too sweet , but avoided any unpleasant roated burnt offerings.
The 7.4%ABV was well masked which for me is a big plus
08-24-2011 06:48:51 | More by jarmby1711
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
Bomber poured into a tulip.
Very dark brown with a finger of moderately-dense mocha coloured head. Decent lace trail around the circumference.
Nose is milder than expected and rather sweet and fruity. There's cola, licquorice, musk, and a sort of dusky woodiness. A healthy dose of caramel malts but very little roast character. Seems to be on the verge of offering more, but doesn't.
Taste is odd. Sarsparilla, aniseed, boiled candy and chocolate cream biscuits, with a weird tart edge to it.
Rather thin for 7%. Lacks viscosity for a RIS and is noticeably astringent on the mid-palate.
Can't really get my head around what this is trying to do. Tartness aside, I quite like the aroma and flavour profile, but the watery mouthfeel seems like a poor medium for displaying it.
07-14-2011 10:35:47 | More by spicelab
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
Bottle: big brown longneck bottle, funky and distinguishing label per the Mad Brewers norm.
Appearance: super jet-black with a limited head, reasonable lacing.
Aroma: coffee, dark fruits, chocolate, cloves, raisins, burnt caramel.
Taste: quite sweet - licorice, dark fruits, port, spice, blackcurrant, cloves, coffee, chocolate.
Aftertaste: still good. Flavours are blended well.
Mouth feel: low-to-mid carbonation and a medium, smooth body. Carries and backs up the flavours well.
Overall: quite expensive, but really, really nice beer. One to enjoy every now and then - though I could go through a few in one sitting, Only thing holding me back from having it more regularly is the price.
07-07-2012 02:30:03 | More by SmashPants
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
A very safe RIS. Nice and dark with ample head and good lacing.
The nose is fine but a bit of a let-down. I was really hoping for some obvious licorice notes but they're pretty hard to spot, as in you probably wouldn't find any if you weren't looking. Flavours are dry and roasty. Not much of that heavy chcocolate milk vibe you often get with an RIS.
Overall, it'a decent, well made stout but as an Imperial stout and a beer boasting of licorice root ingredients it is a slight let down.
06-29-2011 07:53:46 | More by juju7
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Poured a dark blackish colour with a two fingered tanned head that looks very creamy before it disappears to leave a thin film.
S - Get big chocolate & caramel hit up front with a little like burnt coffee.
T - Get the chocolate and caramel roasted sweet malts with definite liquorice and coffee shining through with the finish.
M - medium body with light/medium carbonation
O - I would definately recommend this one. By no means up there with a good RIS but an enjoyable beer and with the big chocolate and liquorice flavours it is smooth and easy to drink.
11-05-2011 14:22:23 | More by PolarBear3
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured black as tar. No light getting through this one. Had a nice foamy/frothy head which left a good deal of lacing down the glass.Smells of dark chocolate, caramel and aniseed. Very nice aromas.It tastes just like it smells, of chocolate, aniseed and caramel but with a hint of coffee. Nicely carbonated and well bodied mouthfeel. I quite like this and would buy again. Shared the bottle with my father and his comment was 'one of the better stouts I've had in a while' and he's not easy to please when it comes to stout.
06-16-2011 10:36:02 | More by madvoice
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
A- No surprises here. Almost black with a head that retains itself well. I like what I see.
S- The roasted malts are easily detectable. Nice dark fruit/ coffee aroma with notes of cocoa.
T- This beer is dominated by coffee-esque roasted malts. The dark fruit/chocolate flavours make for a pleasant afterthought and this seems to get sweeter as it warms. Lovely.
M- Straight up, I think this is a little too fizzy. However, it has a nice medium to thick body which clings to your tongue. Hard to judge.. The fizziness certainly holds it back from being fantastic but it is still pretty good in this area.
O- Exactly what I wanted. This beer is a good sipping beer with a Nice mix of flavours. The only fathomable complaint is the effervescence which I feel detracts from an otherwise wonderful brew.
08-08-2011 13:12:15 | More by aeolianshredhead
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
[Licorice root is an ingredient of this beer (indicated on the side of the bottle)]
Appearance - Dark ruby, medium carbonation, no head retention
Smell - Coffee, dark fruits, chocolate, cloves, raisins, burnt caramel, alcohol presence
Taste - Licorice, dark fruits, port, spice, blackcurrant, cloves, coffee, chocolate
Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth with a kind of immiscible grease (similar to licorice); Good body; Light carbonation; Tangy finish
Drinkability - Drinkable, light for 7% ABV; Still sits heavy on stomach; Few pints
Overall - Good beer, well balanced, interesting; If you don't like licorice stay away;
12-08-2011 13:58:25 | More by davidfoley
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