Double Black | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Double BlackDouble Black

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GRPunk on 11-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I always bet double black. I also never feel lucky. I think it's a coincidence. Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-sienna topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, pine resin, dark chocolate, and a lingering sense of grapefruit rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit morphing into a sweet version of orange zest stretching out into a strong vein of counterpoint to the dry dark chocolate and relatively mild roasted malts. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very nice black IPA, one that balances its usually conflicting halves rather well. Good times.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First off it's a really good pour but it's not anywhere near black but more of a chesnut brown with firm creamy one finger tan colored head that leave a full sheet of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.A mix of roast and earthy-piney hops in the nose along with mild nuttiness,some dark fruity esters are present as well.Dark roast and black licorice are large on the palate with some dryer earthy tones midway that meld into a dark chewey raisin flavor that lingers in the finish,the hops are more earthy with some light pine notes.Not bad and I like the fact it's not like a hopped up porter,I would have liked a more aggressive hop profile but it's still pretty good.

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that sat atop of the glass and slid off decently. Some messy lace. The aroma had some dark chocolate roasted nibs, some tobacco, light floral tones, some orange rind, black pepper, earthiness and toast. The flavor moderately blended the roast to the spice to the bitter and the sweet through those floral tones. The feel was medium bodied with a sturdy sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and a nice ABV to it. Moderate roasty grind, but not too harsh. Overall, pretty good black IPA that I could come back to.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Double Black from their Brewers Reserve Series for $2.29 at The Lager Mill. I'm a fan of Saugatuck Brewing Company and I'm down to try anything new that they put out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12 bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and it doesn't really stick out, but it isn't bad looking. It poured a very murky dark brown color that didn't really let any light come through and it had three fingers worth of fluffy darker tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice sticky lacing. This was a good looking beer, the head was really nice, but the color was a little off for the style, if it wasn't for that it would almost be perfect.

S- The aroma starts of with some sweet malts that impart some roasted, dark bread, slight brown sugar, slightly nutty, a little bit of chocolate, and a really light coffee aroma. The hops show up next and the impart some grassy and earthy aromas with a slight tobacco like aroma towards the end. The aroma was slightly above average, it wasn't bad. but it seemed a little muted and the hops weren't too complex.

T- The taste doesn't seem to be all that similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness followed by some generic earthy and grassy hops flavors that don't have much character to them and impart much more bitterness then flavor. On the finish comes some more bitterness followed some light and watery grains and slightly roasted malt flavors that are a little bready and it had a bitter and earthy hops aftertaste. I didn't like the taste of this beer that much, the malt backbone was too weak and boring and the hops imparted bitterness but not much flavor.

M- Not that smooth, a little watery, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was a little below average, it just seemed to watery for the style and it could have been a little smoother.

Overall I didn't really like this beer and I thought that it was a below average example of the style, it seemed like it was going in the right direction till I got to the taste and it got really dull and watered down with a steady bitterness throughout and no good flavors to back up all that bitterness. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the taste couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me, there's no way I would want to waste my time with another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked nice, the head was really good and one of the best I have seen in this style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was pretty dull and thin, with nothing really grabbing my attention. I wouldn't buy this beer again it's my least favorite Black IPA, I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was let down with this beer, usually at worst Saugatuck's beers are pretty solid but this one turned out to be a miss, it really didn't have the nice roasty and hoppy flavors that I expect from the style. So far this is one of my least favorite beers from Saugatuck. better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark blackish brown, with some amber showing in the light. Cant see thru a oversized wine glass.

Some kind of slight citrus and slight malt aromas.

A definite citris hop flavor with some lingering black hops and hints of chocolate coffee.

I found it very light with a medium carbonation, with the hops hanging around for a spell

Even with the smell not being to complex, the flavor was quite good . I liked this beer and picked up a few more for those days I don't want to open a more expensive bottle lol.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JamesMN
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black body with one finger light tan head.

Aroma: Nonspecific hop bitterness. Somewhere between piney, earthy, and citrusy. Not getting much from the malt.

Taste: I've only had a handful of American Black Ales but from my experience they tend to be pretty close in flavor to Black IPAs. Double Black is definitely it's own style. The charred malt and dark malt bitterness I was expecting is almost completely absent from the taste. Instead there is a smooth dark syrupy malt flavor that coasts along below the slightly bitter (50 IBU?) hop blend. For a double hopped ale I thought there would be much more hop flavor but it really doesn't lend much more than bitterness to the palate. Perhaps a bit of earth and citrus but that's about it. 8.2% ABV seems like a misprint because it is completely undetectable in the flavor. However, there is a slight warming in the throat after each sip which adds a nice element to the enjoyment. FInish is smooth. Aftertaste of moderate bitterness and dark malt.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with average carbonation and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: If I was drinking this blind I'd think it was some sort of session Black IPA because the flavor lacks the depth of an 8.2% ABV ale. Still, it's nice to get to try a one time release no matter what the outcome. Would I drink it again? No.

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Photo of lochef81
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven't tried much from Saugatuck Brewing but saw this one off offering and figured I'd give it a try. It pours a handsome near black color with a generous tan head that lasts throughout the pour and leaves a lot of lacing. The nose is a rather subtle blend of roasted malts, dry hops and coffee. The mouthfeel is adequately smooth and sticky at the same time; with just the right amount of carbonation to make it nice and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is much more pronounced and complex than the nose. Flavors of roasted malts and dry hops blend beautifully with coffee, dark chocolate, and citrus notes. Overall, this is a good beer and I'm glad I tried it. If the hops were a little fresher, this would be a first rate black ipa.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours a deep brown color, off white mocha cream head has excellent retention and lasts the duration of the drinking experience. Plenty of lace rings are left behind, which stands as a testament to the employment of many hops.

SMELL: Heaps of grapefruit, roasted notes try to hang on but are quickly overcome by a strong hoppy scent that is primary in the aroma. Earth, sweet malt hops and alcohol.

TASTE: Much more roasted flavor than is present in the nose, and that's not to say that this isn't hoppy, because there is a substantial amount of hops. Kudos goes out to the brewer for keeping all the elements in check here. Pine, resin and grapefruit compete with dark chocolate, coffee and black malts. The bottle claims double hopped, so is basically dry hopped. It is quite delicious. Alcohol very mild in the flavor. This is quite tasty.

FEEL: A big beer all around, Double Black is full bodied, smooth, rich and velvety. Carbonation is spot on at a high medium.

OVERALL: A fine black IPA , though not pale as the term IPA would suggest. Tastes hoppy enough. This reminds me of an export stout or perhaps even a Russian Imperial.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint. Brewery's Reserve Series. 8.2% ABV, 93 IBUs

A- Semi-aggressive pour creates a dense, rich, 2-1/2-finger, brown head. Near pitch body shows dark brown edges when held to the light. Head settles to a foamy, 1/2-finger and leaves equally foamy rings behind.

S- Hoppy at the crack of the cap. Very organic, grassy perhaps. Sweet malt backbone hints at brown sugar at first. Maybe some dark chocolate. Becomes more balanced as time goes on. A little coffee undertone? Hops turn leafy/tobacco-like. While complex, a little reserved as far as intensity.

T- 1st sip is pretty balanced. Hops up front, slightly grainy malts through the middle, more hops clean up the finish, though malts try to persist. Malts get some chocolate/coffee qualities. It stays fairly balanced throughout. Flavors amplify with warmth. Hops take on tobacco-leaf and maybe a little medicinal spice (pleasantly so).

M- nice and viscus. Moderate carbonation tries to keep up. Pleasantly creamy.

O- It's an easy drinker. While 8.2% ABV isn't huge, there's no hint of harsh fusels. With warmth it got really complex. Maybe a new style...Black Barleywine? Not the cheapest at about $2.50 a single. Maybe a nice treat.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled on 3/15/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of deep roasted malt and citrus/pine hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and big roasted malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice double Black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and big roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Double Black from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 44 ratings