Holy Mackerel Mack In Black | Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"

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35%
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3.47 w/ 197 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"
Florida, United States
holymackerelbeers.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 06-02-2008

BEER STATS
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#40,001
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141
Ratings:
197
Liked:
69
Avg:
3.47/5
pDev:
16.14%
Alströms:
2.62
 
 
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Photo of SpecialK088
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Dark black but more resembles that I just poured a coke than a beer, head is bright white and lingers a little while but not overly long and with no laceing

Rich malt and subtle more bitter fruit notes, somebrown sugar notes as well

Taste was a bit of a letdown, the fruit flavors really do not present themselves much at all and has more of a nutty undertone than anything other than a straight forward stout flavor. Some coffee flavors in the finish

Pretty thin for a stout but not to bad on the carbonation and balance, the mouthfeel is honestly a little dead.

Ok to drink and in a blind taste might do pretty well but to put that it is brewed with a certian juice in it really makes me look for some flavors that really never present themselves

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Photo of naterock
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. Black with a fizzy bubbly head. really confusing.

Dark malts, some fruity qualities, not quite sure it's pomegranate but...ok.

Tastes like any other black ale. dark bittering malts with some bittering hops. a slight hint of fruit but I'm just not picking up on the pomegranate.

Mouth is slightly viscous, and really a great carbonation. Drinks fairly easy but I'm lost on the description.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- An imperial black ale brewed with pomegranate juice.

A: From the bottle poured a thick viscose engine oil color with a fizzy flat ½ finger nutmeg colored head that quickly dissipated to a bare polished surface with no lacing was left upon its demise.

S: The nose was perhaps the beers best feature displaying dark roasted barley with freshly ground coffee beans that was moderately strong. Not much pomegranate juice or hoppiness was detected beyond the dark roasted aroma but none the less was still pleasing.

T: The flavor was dark roasted barley with light dried creamer notes and tart pomegranate juice all of which made for an odd flavor and combination. Fresh tomatoes (im guessing from the pomegranate juice) and a light basil hopping is also present as well signs of dark ripe fruit (prunes). The beer progresses to a tart lemony juice flavor that thins out the dark roasted malting finishing off with a watery thin roasted coffee fade that wasn't nearly as impressive as the start. My parting shot would be it seems the addition of the pomegranate juice seemed to work only as a gimmick and odd ball ingredient, hurting rather then helping the overall flavor and would of faired much better if left out completely. The pomegranate thins out a nice deep roasted flavor and thins out the mouthful as well and does more by subtraction then addition.

M: light, a bit thin and watery from the presence of the pomegranate juice lacking substance. The carbonation was fizzy while a light chalkiness and earthy burnt bitterness is left behind on the swallow.

D: Average drinkability at best and average enjoyment going down. Definitely lacks incentive for repeatability or future purchases. Overall this beer started out with some promise but thins out at the finish hardly leaving you any impression of what could have been.

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Photo of AltBock
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An Imperial Black Ale made with pomegranate juice and brewed in Florida? It sounds like I making this up as I go along, but it's a real beer. 12 oz. bottle with a colorful label of a crude colored pencil drawing of a human like mackerel. This mackerel has black hair, black eye liner, and wrapping its fin around a goblet of beer. Directly to the left of the fish is a vintage year. Mine was from this years (2009) vintage. To the far left of the label is all the mandatory US information and to the right is a description of the beer. Served in a Bell's pint glass.

First off, was it a true "Black Ale?" It sure was! It didn't pour a thick black color like a RIS would. It was just a simple solid coal black colored beer. I held it up to the light to see if I could see any highlights and there was nothing but darkness. I thought some of the pomegranate juice would show up in the color, but it didn't. On top of this black beer was a small light tan colored head of foam. This head of foam had fast retention, but it managed to leave behind a string of tan rings along the side. Not a bad appearance at all!

This beer had a slight roasted quality to it. This roasted aroma consisted of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a pinch of anise, and then it finishes up with a splash of pomegranate, cherry, and vanilla. When it's swirled around, the aroma suddenly goes sweet with the pomegranate juice taking the lead. It was very unique to say the least.

If you think this beer is going to hoppy at all, you would be wrong my friend. The taste was dry and roasted than anything else. The taste was roasted with dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and then like the smell, the taste ends with a splash of pomegranate juice and vanilla. But unlike the smell, the pomegranate juice was stuck at the back of the line the whole time. That's a good thing in my book because if it conquered the roasted aspect of the beer, it would then be just another fruit beer.

This was a medium bodied black "Strong Ale" with a good level of carbonation, and an aftertaste of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, pomegranate juice, and a subtle amount of roasted hops. What? Roasted hops? Yes, the hops make an appearance, but only at the final moment of the beer's life.

If you read the label and you think it's going to be another fruit beer, you would be wrong. It's more of a dark roasted beer with a splash of pomegranate juice at the finish line. If you want to try something out of the ordinary, then pick up a bottle of this beer.

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass straight down the middle and about a finger and a half of nice tan head formed after it was fully poured. It died down in less than 5 minutes to only a ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is predominately sourness of the pomegranate juice and a hint of pepper I think. The first mouthfull was intially the pomegranate and then worked into mainly roasted malts. A little peppery at the aftertaste. Due to the juice it is hard to realize that this beer is 8%.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and sour due mostly to the pomegranate juice. I'll be cellaring the other 3 beers for a later time. Maybe after I'll have another in about 6-8 months. I think it will mellow out a bit more and the flavors will become a bit less harsh.

I like this beer, may even get another 4 pack.

I think this beer is the same beer I purchased while in Melbourne, FL visiting my parents. I bought two bottles (along with others) at the old Indian River Brewing Company (part of Florida Beer Company http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/161)

Interesting.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Described on the label as an Imperial Black Ale with pomegranate juice. Description throws out ingredients like "dark chocolate barley and roasted grains," American hops, pomegranate juice and Belgian yeast, piquing my interest. This should be interesting.

2009 batch, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pitch black and virtually opaque, with a huge tan froth that persists for quite some time, grabbing onto the walls of the glass and leaving a nice thick patchwork of lace as it recedes.

Before warming a touch, initial aromas are of straightforward coffee-like roasted malt, but with a bit of temperature increase comes a heavy mixing of roasted malt and fruitiness, with pomegranate and apple juice coming to mind. Not too sure what to think of it. Intriguing, to say the least.

Medium-full body carries a delightful interplay of flavors, with coffee roast and bitter dark chocolate up front combining with a fruity hit of pomegranate juice toward the middle, not overpowering but certainly taking a lead role, carrying through long into the finish where it melds well with a light roastiness from the malt. The middle shows hop bitterness without much flavor, balancing what would otherwise likely be a too-sweet hit of fruit juice, drying things out, aided by the cleansing moderate carbonation and light roastiness.

This ale is difficult to pin down. My personal tastes find it quite drinkable and pleasant, with a melding of flavors that have become quite popular in the confectionary world since antioxidants are all the rage, and combining pomegranate and dark chocolate has become commonplace; the flavors work just as well here, and no one flavor overpowers another. Certainly a well-played dessert beer, with a nice mix of fruit, chocolate, and espresso; still, for many, this mix may not be all that desirable, and recommending this to just anyone would be difficult. Alcohol is, nicely, well-hidden, and it is, at least to my own tastes, quite drinkable. Careful, though, as the 8% ABV will limit consumption considerably.

The label suggests that this one is suitable for aging 1-2 years. While it's believable, and would be interesting to see how its flavors develop, it seems to me that freshness befits it. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.44/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2008 bottle. Pours black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of burnt malt and sweet pomegranate, which just didn't mesh together for me. Very odd smelling and not in a good way. Flavor is still burnt with roasted malt and parmesean cheese and a sweet pomegranate finish. Meh, this is very underwhelming. The flavors are just bad. Why would you add pomegranate juice to an imperial stout? It was difficult to take even more than a few sips of this nasty beverage.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack of this in Toms River, NJ while visiting LBI. This is the second bottle, poured (appropriately?) into a snifter

A: Quite a lively pour, especially consideing it's quite well chilled! Opaque black, with a condesation quick to form in the summer heat, adding a bit of a nice 'third party' aesthetic. A nice, billowing head, rather brown (at least a little moreso than tan) forms above and requires a couple pours to get the bottle completely poured into the glass.

S + T: Roasted malts dominate both the nose and flavour. Pomegranate offers more to the aroma than it does to the flavour, and that works out alright, imo. Some chocolate notes offer a pleasant flavour, alternately not detected as strongly in the nose. Between the two aspects of the beer, they work out reasonably well.

M + D: Medium bodied, with a slickness towards the finish that serves it reasonably well. As it goes down, the glass begins to feel a little heavier.. more richness and weight on the finish picking up. Whether it's the fruity element or just a balance in brewing, the alcohol rests among the other flavours quite nicely, without any sort of heat / booziness. On a personal note, I would like to try this specific brew without the pomegranate juice. Certainly worth a try, especially for those looking for a little bit of authenticity in a beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Bottle Date; Sampled August 2009
This beer is served lightly chilled with a vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass. The head that forms is a bit bigger than a fat finger and is a nicely browned, dark tan color. The aroma smells of sweet dark chocolate, anise, coffee liquor, cocoa, some umami-driven savory notes (a hint of tamari), ample toasted bread crust notes, a touch of burnt acidity, browned crackers, fresh licorice chews as well as some alcoholic spiciness. The nose is quite a bit more interesting than I was expecting, it can be a touch sharp at times, but the complexity is definitely quite nice. It does seem to lose much of the complexity after a minute or so though and begins to pick up notes of lacquer, acrid burnt grain, and even a touch of acetone.

A prickly carbonation competes with a touch of viscousness in the body; while this is not overly rich for an Imperial Black Ale (whatever that is), it is definitely a sipping beer, it actually seems to have a fairly light body. There is a certain savoriness to the flavor here, but at times it can seem a touch too much like acetone. There is some acidity here from the roast character (and perhaps some tartness from the pomegranate), but there is also a substantial toasted, dark grain character, a dark malt sweetness (which combines with the roast to make me think of a coffee liquor), a roasted whole-grain cracker flavor, some smoked cocoa notes and perhaps even a touch of smoked peat saltiness. There is some solid chocolate character here. The finish has some phenols and fusels that linger on the palate a bit; a touch turpene in character, but with some clove character as well.

An interesting beer, not what I was expecting at all. This does have a fair amount of complexity to it at this point; at times this is a plus, but at others this beer just doesn't seem to be able to hold everything together in a balanced fashion. Still this is interesting enough that I am quite happy to be sipping on this right now.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 version

A: Jet black body... two finger brown head that receded to a nice skim... not much in the way of lacing.

S: Coffee, cocoa, a zing of pomegranate... some dark fruits from the belgian yeast.. raisins and figs mostly

T: A tad downhill from the nose... the pomegranate kind of gets in the way of what is otherwise a very nice coffee/cocoa flavor... dark fruits are also here... booze is well masked

M: A tad thick and chewy up front, lingering, watery aftertaste

D: An interesting experiment... certainly worth a try, the pomegranate might be more up your alley than mine

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Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

a: This was black, no highlights. It poured with a thick light tan colored froth that faded to a thin coating.

s: Dark, roasty cocoa with a little coffee and a "Belgian" quality that I don't have a word for. There is also a fairly strong, tangy berry element that must be the pomegranate.

t: Tart, dark chocolate flavors start things off. Strong fruit flavors come next before a spicy, yeasty finish.

m: Pretty thick and a little chewy with mildly fizzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to tpd975 for this via the nobody wants to see a beer geek naked BIF. Very good overall, I'm glad I got to try this one. I'd be curious to see what this tasted like without the fruit juice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage:

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours black with a thick brown creamy head that is well-retained for awhile before becoming a lasting wispy cover. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of a charcoal-like ashy roast with chocolate, some coffee and a hint of pomegranate juice. Interesting and oddly inviting. Unique. The pomegranate juice is slight and works well here.

The taste is sweet and roasy/ashy with just a hint of pomegranate juice. Fruity in a refreshing, not over-bearing or dominant way. Alcohol is there but is neither too sharp nor too interfering. It warms up nicely with chocolate and coffee coming through. Some licorice comes through as it progresses. There is a touch of something "Belgian-esque" (I take it being the yeast strain). This has a nice roasty, slightly bitterish balance to the sweetness. There is a slight astringency to it. Finishes with dry-ish with a light hop note balancing the sweetness.

It is creamy and on the lighter end of full-bodied. Not thick or syrupy, but the flavors linger on the palate in the long finish.

This is a unique, creative brew. Dark and roasty with some sweetness, but with some bitter-ish balance. The pomegranate is just a hint - not overbearing, and not "artificial" - Just enough to put a unique "spin" on it. Alcohol is still noticeable. It claims that this ages well for 1 to 2 years. It would be interesting to see how it develops. Still, at this point it is an enjoyable "dessert" brew, yet in a rather reshreshing way. I did enjoy this more than the other Holy Mackerel, but then, they are completely different beers. This is one to grab when in the mood for something dark and slightly bitterish fruity.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a surprisingly modest mocha head - I kept expecting something more stout-like but that never materialized; leaves a couple of splashes of lace, however

Smell: There is a nice mocha aroma underneath, but the pomegranate is a bit intrusive and unappealing

Taste: Although I didn't care much for the smell, the taste is much better - Chocolate and coffee flavors at first, and the roasty element builds through mid-palate; at the same time, the sweet-tart pomegranate flavors join to add an interesting dimension; after the swallow, the sweeter, fruity elements tend to dominate, although the coffee returns in the aftertaste to add balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If the Imperial Black flavors were just a bit stronger and the pomegranate just a bit less intrusive, this could be a dynamite brew; as it is, it was much better than I was expecting, having been completely disappointed with their Golden Ale

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Photo of spacechimo155
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, dark purple hues due to the pomegranite. Very sexy beer.
Scent and flavor of expresso, dark chocolate, pomegranite.
Mouthfeel reflects its medium body, carbonation is right on and provides a drinkability that is only hindered by its higher ABV.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been unsure whether or not to purchase this one for a while now, but I just got one as an extra, so situation solved and away we go with being able to try this one. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2009.
 
The pour was very nice. Rich dark black with light reddish highlights peaking around the sides. The nice towering head of tan came up and over the top of the glass with much ease, only barely settling down as the night went on. Monster look to it and I have to admit I was quite impressed. The aroma was loaded with roasted malts, hints of dark fruity notes and a nice hint of cocoa. Smooth, silky taste was excellent across the board. I was surprised by the nice little hop kick this one had in the back as well. Rich, almost a light prune like flavor coming through now as the richness of it. The abv was all but absent for me to be honest, and this went down much quicker then I ever would have thought.
 
Overall I am really impressed here. I did not think it was going to be nearly as good as it was and it has peaked my interest enough to get me to go after a couple more of their offerings. This is a winner in my book.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a stout, dark brown to black with a coffee tan head that is tight bubbles compared to a foamy style head. It quickly fades and breaks up leaving a dark liquid occupying my glass. Intrigueing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee beans, a bit of a sweet/sour scent along with a bit of red wine and vanilla ice cream. Intrigueing still.

Initital taste is very, very reminiscent of dark roasted coffee with a very slight tinge of berry sweetness. Pomegranate? Hmm, I couldn't detect that specific flavor but this one actually is surprising me. The complexity and blend of flavors is quite good. AS this warms it becomes almost like a bar of dark chocolate with some berry and the profile of the fruit is becoming a bit more like pomegranate (kind of sweet and sour with a drying quality).

Mouthfeel reminds me of a red wine, very flavorful and dry in the finish.

This one really appealed to me, I don't really care what others had to say as you like what you like. I was very fond of the flavor profile of this beer. Probably the best thing I've had from Florida.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from HOPSHUNTER. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - One and half fingers of mocha foam that dissipates kind of quickly to a cap and leaves no lacing. Pitch black, with a tiny hint of brown at the edges.

S - Roast malt, dark fruits, pomegranate, chocolate, a hint of coffee. There's a tiny hint of soap as it warms, but it's very subtle. Not sure why this isn't called a porter - it looks and smells like one.

T - Taste is a little...odd. There's a lot of fruitiness, but it's not as tangy as pomegranate - more artificial raspberry instead. Tons of roastiness that lingers well into the aftertaste. There's the expected chocolate, and again a touch of coffee. I like the flavor, except that the "pomegranate" tastes like artificially sweetened juice instead of real fruit, which unfortunately is a deal-breaker for me.

M - Tons of residual stickiness - almost as if my mouth is glued shut. Reminds me of fruit juice. Medium bodied, and kind of runny, with very active carbonation. Does not match the ABV nor the appearance at all.

D - I'm OK with the 12oz bottle, but I wouldn't go looking for more if I were in Florida. A touch bloaty, with lots of roasty aftertaste. An interesting experiment, but not anywhere near as successful as Surly Two.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice little extra bottle received from Kiefdog in a recent trade. Thanks!

This beer pours a jet black with a small thin tan head on top. No retention whatsoever, and no lacing either. Weak. Smells of cocoa, currants, figs, grapes, and booze. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is decent. Some mild carbonation on the tongue. I thought it'd be a bit more as a strong ale. Flavor is interesting to say the least. Right away I taste copious amounts of black licorice. If this is the "black" in "Mack in Black" I'd be severely disappointed. Not a fan of the licorice flavor. Molasses, and a faint nuttiness in there as well. Finishes roasty.

This is an interesting beer. Different, and it threw me for a loop on all counts. I don't know what I was expecting, but this was and wasn't it at the same time. Try it if you must, you may be surprised.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - dark roasted malts and coffee

Appearance - dark black with a nice tan head

Taste - This is a porter with a touch of sweetness from the pomegranate. Roasted coffee and malts at first but then halfway through all I can taste is the pomegranate. I like it more at the beginning with the roasted flavor.

Notes - Good mouthfeel and a enjoyable beer. But the pomegranate makes it more interesting but at the cost of this being a really good beer.

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Photo of cincodm
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sifter

a:starts pitch back with a thick, foamy head that dissipates to a thin, constant fuzz.

s:Nothing too remarkable in the smell category, the alcohol consumes it.

t:Wow, a million times better than what I thought, starts dark and malty and ends with a slight fruity tang. Would never had known the Pomegranate was in it if it didn't say so, more of a general tartness than a specific fruit taste. Alcohol barely tastes present.

m:Very light, and watery

d:I could barrel through another one of these now, and I probably will, but I have an oak-barreled Unearthly to work on first.

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Photo of thryn
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been eyeing this one for a while and decided to try a bottle. 2008 batch, bought 5-13 at Total Wine.

This pours black, with a tan head that drops to a ring around the edge in my chalice.

The nose is dark fruit and roasted malts, some chocolatey tones. Almost RIS-like. I dig it.

Mmmm, I like this. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this is very much like a slightly thinner-bodied (but only slightly), fruitier RIS. The pomegranate isn't really detectable as such, but there are some dried plum and raisin characteristics at the front, as well as a bit of alcohol warmth. As it's swallowed, the sweetness of the pomegranate peeks out a bit more, but it ends with a roasty, coffee and bitter chocolate finish.

Hardly any carbonation, thick sticky body, fairly dry finish.

I don't know that I would want more than one of these in a night, but I'll certainly be returning to this when the weather cools, these many months from now. Fans of strong ales and RIS should give this a try -- it sort of walks the line between the two.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've drank this several times on tap at a local wing spot here in south Florida, but my review is based on a bottle serving at the same establishment:

A: dark, dark, like the night. the pomegranate elements are well represented in the deep color.
S: almost stout-like, with a slight dark pomegranate aroma also detectable
T: chocolate character offset by the pungency of the pomegranate
M: smooth, this brew goes down well alone or as an aid to dinner, aftertaste is just inviting enough to leave you anticipating another
D: very easy to down several of these if necessary. this is the best florida brewed beer i've encountered

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pitch black, some head settles to nice little ring, bubbly fountains on surface, decent lacing
s: roasted malts, coffee with faint tart notes
t: interesting mix of toasted malts with sweet chocolate that finishes somewhere between mildly tart and strong bitter coffee
m: starts with fizz and somewhat thin, but finish almost seems creamy
d: again, interesting but too much going on and too thin

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Photo of JAA
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is mindblowing. Pour Jet-black with a dense one-finger dark tan head. Bought at Sarasota Total Wine, but I've seen Holy Mackerel stuff at Publix and Norman's liquors.

I would venture to say that this beer didn't need the pomegranate juice to make it notable. Smells crazy, like licorice and dark cherries, along with bitter chocolate.

Tastes much like it smells. Very chocolaty, dark fruits and more bitter chocolate in the finish. It's a quite complicated and a really flavorful beer coming from a little known brewery on the east coast of Florida.

The pomegranate juice is a bit out of place, but the beer has a solid foundation that makes it enjoyable to drink. 8% ABV.

Edit: alright, i'm getting near the end of the glass and this pomegranate juice is getting pretty gross.

Second edit: yeah, it's quite tough drinking a whole bottle. The juice is too strong. It's a shame because the taste the beer behind the juice is phenomenal.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice black in color with only a frothy ring of head forming on the pour. Pours viscous and looks nice. Smell is plenty of black roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit. This has a very nice, full and creamy mouthfeel. Very pillowy soft, best thing about this beer. Not sure that I care for the pomegranate juice that much. I know they say there's not that much in it, but I could taste it and it wasn't placed well.

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Holy Mackerel Mack In Black from Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"
Beer rating: 35% out of 100 with 197 ratings
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