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Black Et Bronzage | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oglmcdgl on 01-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 12/30/2010. Cleaning up some reviews, I noticed I had entered this in the wrong place, so reposting here.

From the menu... "A black and tan made by blending two barrel aged beers. Lightly roasted, lightly hopped and quite tart. Gravity: 13 Plato, ABV: 6%, IBUs: 25". A few day old growler shared 5 ways. According to Ryan, this was a blend of an alt and oatmeal stout? Doesn't sound right, but that's what I have written down.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a fluffy, retentive light tan head with some streaks of thin lacing. The aroma is my favorite part of this. It has a typical McKenzie barrel character if you're familiar with their beers. The aroma starts with a blend of a typical saison and roasty malt beer aromas, before a strong Brett and wine barrel presence take over. Flavor reminds me of Supplication minus the cherries. As promised, there is a light roast body and tart finish, though we don't pick up much in the way of hops. I'm assuming Saison Vautour (or something similar) was blended with a Biere de Garde. The body is roasted, and slightly charred with a dark fruit (plum and fig?) sweetness. Finish is tart and brett-y funk. Body is medium thick with light, fine carbonation. Very easy drinking and pleasantly tart; I've really enjoyed the McKenzie blends lately, even if I don't exactly what they're composed of.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at McKenzie Brew House, Malvern, PA

A "black and tan" mixture of two brews aged in Scotch barrels. Interesting try, but needs a little work, I thought.

Poured a dark bronze with a finger of white head that receded fairly quickly to a thin layer. Yeasty aroma with essences of dark fruits, slightly phenolic. Tastes of a mild Scotch ale, with a bit of sweetness, somewhat medicinal, with some dry fruit coming through. Medium mouthfeel, and a little watery. Not extremely drinkable, but like I said, I think it could improve with a little recipe tweaking.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at McKenzie Malvern.

A - Pours a clear copper with very little bubbly cream head

S - Great lemon and sour grape, but subtle. Definite slight coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Really a fantastically complex aroma

T - Perfectly balanced sweetness with some tartness and light acidity. There's a bit of funk on the finish, as well as nice bitter roastiness to round it out.

M - A bit thin, but no complaints. nice carbonation and a very clean dry feeling on the tongue.

D - Just a perfect amount of sourness makes this balanced beer pretty drinkable. not overpowering with the sourness and the roasted grains help to cut it and make it drinkable. My first McKenzie brew, and it far exceeded expecations.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Earth..

This is probably the darkest wild ale I've had. Black/bronze comes out black/bronze, with a black body and bronze edges. A nice head of a inch of white stuff that left spraypaint lace. Smell is alot of berries and wild yeast, lacto, and some roast to the side. Getting alot of berry in the mouth with a tart touch. It's wild all right but seems to lose me. Feel is about medium with a nice carb kick and tart bite. I was thinking this would be kinda export stout like, but this uses the lice yeast very well. I drank one but did not see the need for another. Good stuff, waiting for McKenzie to come up with more hot shit.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at earth.

A- comes to me with a small cap of light tan head that settles rather quickly leaving a few spots of cascading lace and a thin ring on top. Dark brown with a lovely red glow at the edges when held to the light.

S- funky and tart up front with a nice roast touch. Tart blackberries and raspberries with a bit of granny smith apples. Small hint of vinous notes.

T- opens up tart and sour then rolls beautifully into a light roast and sweetness that brings it all together. Slight vinous notes.

M- a touch above medium in body with a bright yet unobtrusive small bubbled carb that slowly grows and finishes beautifully. Tannic and a bit dry.

D- this stuff fucking rocks. I'm talking about one of the better wild ales I've had in a long time. Find this at all costs. But you probably won't.

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Black Et Bronzage from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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