Black Diamond Express | Big Boss Brewing

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Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by wagenvolks on 08-30-2008

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

Grabbed this one from the Big Boss tent as I figured it would be probably the only time I got to try it. The pour was rather off, very light color on this one with an enormous amount of carbonation. A decent head of white fizzy foam came up over the top of it and settled down rather quickly into a thin head, but that then faded leaving the top of it rather bare. No side glass lace to speak of.

The aroma was light, some raspberry and a touch of sweetness in it, but it had almost a soda like smell to it, really very light with the carbonation popping at the top of it, not much depth here either as it was predominantly the fruit that you could pick up. The flavor was a mess. Way too light in profile, the fruit tasted bland, artificial and just like a watered down grape soda. No depth to it at all, no aftertaste. The body was soo light that it was like drinking seltzer. I am sure you could session this, I am just not sure why you would want to.

Overall I actually thought this was the worst one I tried during the day, there was just nothing redeeming about it at all. Maybe if it was really hot you could use it too cool off, but with the plethora of good fruit beers out there, this was way off the mark.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Horniblow's Tavern. Described as "A fruity ale with a light body. Orange & lemon peel added plus honey and plenty of Blackberry puree."

I'm greeted by an attractively hazy, golden-peach colored brew with a touch of pink and a good carbonation level. The head is a pinkish shade of white, with not much retention but a fair bit of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma-wise, Black Diamond is unassuming with notes of blackberry pulp, raspberry, wheat, and grain husks. Not getting much citrus peel or honey, but that could be more a result of the tavern atmosphere.

The flavor definately works, but falls short of expectations in lieu of Big Boss' excellent Belgian Black Raspberry. The blackberry and raspberry notes are tart with a lingering sweetness from the honey that's both crisp and refreshing on a humid NC night. Thin bodied and well-carbonated, this beer finishes nicely with a crisp mineral cleanness. Although I expected a bit more out of this brew, it's worth a try.

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Black Diamond Express from Big Boss Brewing
3.16 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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