Black Friday - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
11-22-2012 15:04:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
Black Friday from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.