Schlafly Black IPA - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.69/5 rDev -2.6%
Had on tap at Max's (from notes on 6/21/13)
A: Pitch black with minimal head and ok lacing.
S: Nice spice flavor like most black IPAs
T: Nice burnt rye flavor. Dark profile with the hops. No real pine or citrus to note due to the strong spice flavoring, but a bit smoky.
M: A decent bit of carbonation with nice bubbles and crispness towards the end.
O: A strong offering and a good black IPA. Nice stuff.
06-22-2013 09:12:50 | More by gillagorilla
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
It seems that everyone is getting their hands into the Cascadian (black) IPA game. In doing so, everyone strives to stand out of the pack by varying the taste, aroma, texture, and appearance of the beer. Schlafly does so by capturing a lot of hoppy stout flavors.
As you'd expect of any black beer, the beer's appearance is..., well- brown. Dark brown but still brown. It's opaque appearance gives visual cues of walnut or tree bark. The beer builds a dense and heavy cap of foam. Just off of white in color, the beer retains and laces ideally with ring and intricate patters straight to the bottom of the glass.
The nose is a melange of hops and roast. Where an expected one-sided hop aroma was expected, instead there's a balance of citrus, pine, and grass with dark roast coffee, chocolate, and burnt molasses. With its less than hop dominant nose, the beer sells the notion of American stout, but with even more assertive hop character to the sense of smell.
The balanced attack continues in taste. The beer coats the mouth with malty rich taste of toffee, coffee, walnuts, bittersweet chocolate, and starchy bread taste. Hop flavors of orange zest, grapefruit pith, pine resin, and fresh cut grass rise at mid palate and eventually command the beer- but no because of the immensity of hops, but also because of the wavering malt sweetness and breadiness. Where balance is often rewarded, this isn't the case in IPAs. Even the black versions should celebrate hop character more boldly.
The beer's fortified body provides a rich and velvety taste that extends from higher residual sweetness and dextrin. Although the hop dryness continue to rise through the finish, it's only when the malty weight subsides and the hops are aided by warming alcohols to finish the beer with an IPA-ish bitter dryness.
There's really no doubt that the hop character and amounts equal IPA proportions, but the chocolatey, coffee, and sweetness balance the beer instead of letting the hops have the stage. It's a wonderful beer, chocked full of complexity and flavor- but if tasted blindly, I would have called it a hoppy stout, much like Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout.
10-20-2012 18:16:40 | More by BEERchitect
Schlafly Black IPA from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.