Black Friday - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
4.68/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
22 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
10% ABV, 60 IBUs, 21°P, 40°L. (Bottled 11-21-12)
A - A heavy pour creates a lengthy bout of cascading as the dark beer trickles through the tan foam. Below, Black Friday is a brooding dirty brown color that almost appears black. Back light brings out slivers of mahogany around the edges. Above a pillar of steadfast tan foam hold strong, slowly collapsing to a creamy pile while leaving thick lacing in it's wake.
S - Black Friday has it's share of dark malt but, dry-hopped to high heaven, this beer leans more towards the juicy tropical fruits the hops have to offer. Mango and pineapple cross paths with pine needle and are underlined with roasted notes of chocolate, nuttiness, and cocoa. Despite being 10% alcohol, almost no heat breaks through the hops' bold aroma.
T - Rich roasted malt doesn't play second fiddle here, instead a beautiful duet forms with the hops, each ingredient playing off each other nicely. Heavy roast brings baker's chocolate, mocha, and a trace of root beer with notes of balancing brown sugar and molasses. Hops explore the realm of tropical fruits and woodsy earthiness; pine and oak bark with mango, pineapple, and lemon citrus from the Citra hops explode in flavor! The harmony is wonderful with neither being obstructed or held down.
M - Thick and creamy starting with a rich, full body and smooth feel, Black Friday marries roasted malt bitterness with 60 IBUs of hoppy glory for a bitter finishing beer that doesn't come off as abrasive or offensive, partly due to the malt's balancing sweetness. Once again, the alcohol seems surprisingly tame, warming in the chest after the swallow.
O - Black Friday takes the American Black Ale style to a whole new level with it's rich roasted malt and overarching tropical fruit hoppiness. Assertive and bold, this beer carefully walks a fine line of "just enough" with out crossing into "too much". This beer is a hop-head's and malt-lover's dream crossing paths for a terrific outcome and a beer worthy of waking up early and standing in line.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2012 15:04:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured into the Black Friday pint glass with some power behind it, the beer poured a big 3 finger tall head that sustained nicely. Tan to khaki in color the foam left spotty lacing on the edge as it fell. The beer is a dark, dark maroon when held to the light, it looks clear from what I can tell.
S: Big resinous, grapefruit and pine hop aroma sitting on top of a roasty malt aroma. Also getting mild coffee, anise and cinnamon? Sweeter smelling, no alcohol detected.
T: Roasty malts sit on top of a firm pine and citrus bitterness. Dark stone fruit flavors very up front, plums, prunes giving a bit of sweetness in the middle. As the darker roasty malts wear down the palette the bitterness and hop flavors are less noticable in the beginning and more so in the finish, which is pine and resien tasting. Finally the after taste comes through as a chocolate and caramel flavor.
M: A creamy mouthfeel with this one. Higher end of the scale carbonation and a big body. Also a touch of alcohol warming.
O: After Standing in line for an hour in 10F weather talking to fellow beer nerds it was easily worth the wait. A different beer then a big IBA overall complexity was nice and balanced. For a style that I've given more chances then I'd like to admit, I'd wait in line again for this one. Cheers Lake Front!
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 01:24:50 | More by guityler83
Black Friday from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.