Big Black Mariah | Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GbVDave on 01-04-2007

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Pellinore1:
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Disgracefully, this like every goddamn beer I got that night was sent to me with no head, a disappointment, I suspect these beers are actually capable of a decent head. Still it looked beautiful and opaque black.

Smell: Weak, on account of the missing head?

Taste: The taste was delicious, smoky(a wee bit of smoked malts it says) chocolately, rich malty sweetness, very well balanced.

Drinkability: So rich you could only have a few of these a night, but it would be worth it.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ItsGotaBeUrBull
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A generous pour, served in a nonic pint glass.

A thin cap of tan foam adorns the top of the porter, close to the brim of the pint. Aroma of roasted malt, barley, pretty nondescript, yet fresh.

Medium fullness in body, the roastiness is central to the taste. Mild bitterness, that subsides and turns to a touch of sweetness as it warms. A hint of butterscotch is there, not a full-fledged diacetyl presence, but it adds a degree of smoothness. Earthy hop in the back, lingering in the finish.

Easily quaffable or by the sip. A few pints would be effortless.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of megahurts4
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Piece Brewery Big Black Mariah - Porter served on tap.

Appearance: Small head with good lacing. Dark reddish-brown in color.

Smell and Taste: Lots of smokey malts and cocoa. Thick, but also slightly smooth with some hops flavor. This one proved to be a fairly decent porter.

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Photo of Drucifer
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GbVDave
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Piece on 1/3/07

A: Pours a dark, dark black. Brown, one finger head that leaves a little lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt and smokey goodness.

T: Roasted malt and burnt toffee. Slight tart citrus in the middle. Roasted, toasted finish with some bittering hops. Great balance between roasted, smoked, and hoppy flavors.

M: Rather smooth and creamy for a porter. Hops add some prickly-ness to the finish.

D: A superbly drinkable smoked porter. Drinks better than some oatmeal stouts. Well worth a visit to Piece for this.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of tmitch75
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with dark brown translucent edges when held to the light. Thick smoky tan head - very active.

Smells roasty but otherwise somewhat non-descript.

Roasty malt with chocolate and coffee. Mild hop finish.

Full-bodied with good carbonation.

A tasty beer and a style I like, but I am not as impressed with this one as I am with many of Piece's other brews.

Growler filled at brewery on 1/20/08, tasted on 2/3/08.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of coz
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeutroMan
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid black color with a dense reddish tan head that quickly receded to a thin film around the edges.

S: A smoky blend of chocolate, coffee, and dark malts.

T: Consistent with the smell, this one tastes of coffee, chocolate, rich dark malts, with a pleasant campfire-like smokiness tying them together.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy and smooth.

D: Quite robust yet still drinkable enough to have more than one.

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Photo of BHep
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with cocoa head, nice lace and some retention. Smell features mellow smoke intertwined with roast and cacao. Taste is deep, dry and roasty with emphasis on smoke and chocolate. No hop character to speak of. Smoke is well integrated and works well with the base. Mouthfeel is sturdy and is well carbonated. Overall a well balanced smoked brew with no evidence of the listed abv.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic beer on tap at Piece. Pour is black with a filmy tan head. Smell is rich dark malt, smoky coffee, and dry chocolate. Taste is rich, roasty, smoky and robust flavorwise. Prickly carbonation with a medium body and this one comes highly recommended.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at Piece. Served into a pint glass.

Appeared black except for the slightest orange-red highlights on the bottom of the glass. There was a thin tan head that stuck around for a while but towards the end it had some trouble staying. Not much lacing at all as a consequence.

Aroma had some chocolate, and a nice smokiness reminiscent of a campfire. That smoked meatiness was slightly there but nowhere near as strong as a rauchbier.

Taste had a nice blend of roasty chocolate flavors that blended very well with the smokiness. A bit of coffee-like bitterness came out in the finish. It reminded me a lot of the Alaskan Smoked Porter, but not quite as smoky.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty creamy, but nothing outstanding.

I enjoyed this smoked porter very much. This is a style I wish there were more examples of.

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Big Black Mariah from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
4.01 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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