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Panic Attack | Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers
Florida, United States
holymackerelbeers.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by adkirkish on 07-03-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
33.13%
 
 
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Photo of gfsufb
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Fifty Brews. Overall a very nice belgian amber. Can taste the alcohol in the tongue which is about the only thing that prevents this from being one of my top rated brews. Overall smell and color are very nice with a complex arrangement.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded. sandalwood-hued body with a large, frothing, off-white head.

Smell: Particularly sweet-smelling, with toothsome, Wilford Brimley-rattling notes of caramel, honey, and slowly melting table sugar. Rounded out with a bit of earthy spice, juicy fruits, and booze. At some point, the taste develops a cotton candy flavor, then, when going back to the nose, I start smelling cotton candy in the aroma.

Taste: Starts sweet and downright sugary, with tastes of light caramel sauce stirred up with orange blossom honey and golden syrup. Some spicy phenolic character yields modest hints of clove and whole coriander seeds. Golden raisin and figs for fruitiness, with a lesser touch of ripe banana. Minute bitterness. Culminates at times to a taste of cotton-candy. Peppery alcohol does what it can to cut through the overt sweetness and thin out the body. A little alcoholic heat to the sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation. Plenty of residual sugars lend for a sticky mouthfeel, though the prickly carbonation keeps it from being cloying.

Drinkability: Diabeetus, indeed! Sweet, mayhaps its ultimately too, too sweet and, with the alcohol, presents something akin to a glass of Buttershots.

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Photo of Tabni
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 12oz bottle at Total Wines. Had try this before it was even released at Stage 84, and I got to say that everybody loved this beer.

Appearance - Dark orange color.
Smell - Great sweet "belgian" smell.
Taste/Mouthfeel/Drink-ability - Sweet malts. Strong brew, be careful, it goes down so smooth that you might end up drinking more than what you are supposed to.

If you get the chance, try it in the tap, give it a second chance.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A-transparent amber, thin white head, very light colored for the type

S-burnt dark Belgian ale

T-a sweet hit of the dark belgian ale. the after-taste is sort of tangy with the high ABV very noticeable. There's is nothing impressive or satisfying about this one.

M-medium to heavy carbonation, dry finish

D-wow there is close to zero drinkability. i got half way through this and drained it....i never do that! i love beer too much to drain it but this was just that bad.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong, malty with a firm candy-sweet overtone and fruity hints. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a decent off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is quite strong and mouth-filling, fairly sweet but not cloying, malty and subtly hoppy with hints of caramel and cinnamon. Texture is fairly fizzy and fairly smooth, leaving a lip-smacking finish.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Stage 84 pre-release party off of draft:

Appearance: Pours clear dark amber (noted chill haze off of draft - clarity improved as temp increased). Head was frothy white and persistent as beer was consumed and left some light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts with a light belgian yeast aroma (saison), light citrus hop aroma, very light spice aroma (clove), no esthers.

F: Sweet malt upfront, Caramel and raisin make up the majority of body of the beer (distinctly belgian). Finishes with a slight citrus hop bitterness. The balance of this beer is definitely towards the sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel, drinks very smooth with a dry finish. The 10% does not show any warmth and is deceptively hidden. No astringency.

O: I enjoyed having the opportunity of being one of the first to try this new beer. Objective feedback: IMO this beer balances a fine line between two style categories: 16 E (Belgian Specialty Ale) and 18 E (Belgian Dark Strong Ale). If this beer were to be categorized as a Belgian Specialty Ale what necessarily seperates this beer apart i.e. (Blending techniques, unusual grain bill, adjuncts, herbs / spices, brett). I feel this beer most closely resembles a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Westy 12, St Bernardus Abt 12 etc.) That being said this beer has alot to go up against to say the least.

Constructive feedback: Color is on the lower end of amber, consider deeper malt profile to increase SRM. Esthers weren't really apparent in the aroma, rather smelled more like a saison (This would be the lowest point I could address). With these two points addressed I believe this would be a great example of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Right now I would say this beer is 80% Belgian Dark Strong Ale and 20 % Saison.

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