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Contraband | Black Market Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by mactrail on 07-31-2012

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 3
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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1/5  rDev -71.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, and some burnt caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and a tasty flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear golden color. Sweet bread, a little bit of toast, toffee, a bit of nutty maltiness on the nose. Taste is a little bit sweet, toasted malt, nutty, and maybe some bread. There’s a bit of yeast, and very minimal hop flavor. Just sort of sweet without that much really going on.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach. Dark amber color with a modest foam in the big nonic glass. Pleasant carbonation though not outstanding.

The really nice spicy and hoppy flavor greets you. Lower alcohol, but the maltiness seems quite full. Loads of taste including a nice sweet malty taste that provides a gteat balance with the hops. Very full of aromatic flavors, more flowery but with a touch of pine. Great example of assertive hop flavors without the bitter burden. Fabulously drinkable and I think this would please the "session IPA" enthusiast. Brewer claims 42 IBU with "multiple Northern Brewer hop additions."

Definitely the best I've had in this blurry style, though Contraband would score well in other categories, like Red/Amber, whatever yeast they use.

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Contraband from Black Market Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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