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B Space Invader | Birra Toccalmatto

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3.67/5
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30 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Toccalmatto
Italy
birratoccalmatto.it

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pixieskid on 10-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,393
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
30
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of pixieskid
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For the style, pretty damn spot on...having said that, I'm not a huge fan of the style but this was quite solid.

Pours, black, big surprise. Head is about 3 fingers, mocha color.
Nose; chocolate malts and piney hops with a touch of citrus hop notes.
Taste; same as the nose but with a nice roastiness

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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Tørst in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the edges of the glass and dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine/resin hops over the top of roasted malts. There are notes of spicy and floral hops as well as hints of something metallic.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark and roasted malts with light to moderate flavors of pine/resin hops. That is followed by lighter flavors of spicy and floral hops along with something slightly metallic. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness are present.

O: I'm not always the hugest fan of American Black Ales because they are often too one dimensional in the hops flavors used but this one was a nice change of pace with the combination of pine, spicy, and floral hops rather than just pine of citrus. Slightly drying but still enjoyable and fairly easy to drink.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a huge fluffy tan head, really compact and slowly receding. Really slow.
Roast and chocolate jump first on the nose, bitter citrus after that (grapefruit, lime), also some pine, some floral hops too. Kinda 60/40.
Hops welcome you in the taste, really fruity, big emphasis on citrus (lots of orange, lemon, pomelo) but also some peach and faint plum. Some chocolate, not too strong, otherwise a big floral/herbal feel, something like ribwort syrup and hints of cola. Roast only towards the finish, kept at bay by nice piney hops with a decent, but not too big, bitterness.
Aftertaste has some ash (almost sulphur?!), cocoa powder, bitter hops, a bit of grapefruit peel, not much. Kinda light bodied, smooth carbonation, easy to drink.
A mellow American black ale, easy to drink but far from poor. Nice.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown tints and a small, light tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, chocolate and piny, fruity hops. Restrained but nice.
Very roasty flavours with some coffee notes. Some of the hops remain. A bit plain.
Body feels a little watery.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Tørst, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and sides of the glass as well as a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin.
T: The taste has light flavors of pine resin hops along with metallic notes. Little if any bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a Black IPA, this beer seems like it could use more in the way of bitterness.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with huge three finger caramel-colored head with great retention and lacing. Nose is quite smokey initially along with roasty coffee, dark chocolate, pine, and rye bread. The taste follows suit with lots of roasty malt notes along with hints of rye, black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, pine, licorice, burnt toast, and subtle citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a huge tangy bitter hop finish. The balance is a bit one-sided on this one. The bitterness of the hops and the smokey malt overpowered the citrus profile I like to see in a Black IPA. With that said, it's still a solid interpretation of the style

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. It's black with some bubbles on the side. A huge bubbly tan head with a bit of lacing.

S. It has a bit of a lemon and metallic scent.

T/M. There is a weird chocolate with a kind of wood taste at the end. It's extremely carbonated. and a bit sour. Full bodied. Kind of weedy.

O. The aftertaste is so strange that it really detracts for me. Flavorful, but it is too carbonated and a bit of a weird aftertaste.

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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Deep dark brown with nice lacing.

S: Roasted sweet malts.

T: Not very much like an IPA. Weird kind of licorice or just a weird taste. Pine.

M: Even prickly carbonation.

O: Interesting but I can't place that flavor.

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B Space Invader from Birra Toccalmatto
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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