The Fundamental Blackhorn | Hornbeer

The Fundamental BlackhornThe Fundamental Blackhorn
60 Ratings
The Fundamental BlackhornThe Fundamental Blackhorn

Brewed by:

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee malt, chocolate malt, black malt, honey. Dry hopped and aged on oak and walnut casks.

120 IBU.

Added by bark on 06-07-2011

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of StormAles
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Waggman
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a ways back at a tasting from notes...
Looks black with a deep red edge, has some peaty smoke, licorice, charred wood, faint coffee, earthy top soil, no booze anywhere, I get some grit and a charred finish, intense dark stuff and I'm grooving on it

 253 characters

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, beautiful frothy tan head.
Aroma has lots of coffee, cocoa, tobacco, roasted malt, little molasses.
Taste is bitter chocolate, cold brewed coffee, moderate amount of hops, bitter finish.

 220 characters

Photo of mattsander
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SayBoom
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - so, this is sort of the un-peated Black Magic Woman, then?

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of red cola basal edges, and two fingers of puffy, very loosely foamy, and quite bubbly dark brown head, which leaves a bit of random descending alien warship lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, some biscuity toffee, a buttered white bread weirdness, cafe-au-lait, weak black licorice, muddled citrus/pine west coast Americana, a free-range ashiness, and some leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some soused-up toffee measures, raw brown honey-flecked sugar, edgy anise spice, bittersweet cocoa powder, a still hard to love mixed citrus and piney hop bitterness, and some moving in without a permit metallic booziness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its plainly rendered frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, with a hard to pin down creaminess always at the outer gates, as it were. It finishes generally sweet, the cocoa, honey, and malt seeing to having it their way (apologies to Burger King), alongside the lingering generic hop bitterness.

Overall, this is yet another big-ass brew from this Danish concern, but one with a claim of '120' IBUS. Let's address that, shall we? Ok, nothing here suggests a huge (I can only picture M. Trump right now, fuck) hop offset, but there is just enough actual bitterness hanging around here to keep this offering from going off the proverbial rails.

 1,564 characters

Photo of ikidunot
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of njnj2000
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Saviour
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMBSH
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows liquorice, woody notes, sweet malt, caramel and chocolate fudge.
Heavy and decadent flavours, with lots of roasted malt, some liquorice and a whack of booze.

 202 characters

Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of killcore
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleigator
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge beige head, with a viscous, motor oil black color.

Tastes very hoppy for an imperial stout, with leavy, almost fruit hops among bready to biscuity malts. Mingles a walnut aroma into this foundation, putting the beer into a more typical stout direction, revealing roasted coffee and even a honeyed hint.

Has a lower carbonation and a medium to fuller mouthfeel, exhibiting its fantastic variety of flavors.

Begins silky smooth, with black ground coffee, bakers chocolate and old walnut shells. Drinks amazingly dough, with lots of cream balancing sucessfully the distinct, earthy bitterness. A whiff of honey from the nose gets transformed into the flavors, adding just a glance of sweetness to the dominant coffee, also evoking glazed caramel, but only in smallest quantities. Finishes with the honey sweetness, luscious fudge, a distinct, earthy nut infused maltiness, among slightly tropical hops, creating a silk dryness which then evokes the prominent coffee bitterness.

Wow, what a treat! This features the most versatile possible taste for a non ba-stout, exhibiting black ipa features, coffee stout features, and sweet oatmeal stout features, all blending perfectly together, gently illustrated by whipped cream.

 1,237 characters

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a brown, two finger high, head.

Nose: Vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate, cream, roasted malt, wood and pine.
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, milk chocolate, whipped cream, roasted malt, molasses, roasted malt and oak.
Body: Full body with light carbonation. Balanced beer with bitterness and sweetness in a great combination.

Delicious stout with a great balance!

 390 characters

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mikemands
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -DF-
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Fundamental Blackhorn is fundamentally black. Call me uncreative if you like but this is such a seriously, staunchly opaque beer that it leaves little else to describe it by. Not even the brightest bulb in my room can unearth any colour from this scorched complexion. When even the head is darker than sable you know you're in for something good...

Hornbeer are great at making interesting *sounding* beers. I failed to appreciate any of the birch- or peat-smoked malt of their Black Magic Woman and the distinguishing features of this offering - the chestnut and oak wood chips on which it's aged - are equally unapparent. They may contribute to the overall product but their influence certainly isn't noted in the aroma, at least not much.

In fairness, the wood probably shouldn't dominate. And besides it's tough to be noticed in a recipe comprised majorly of black, chocolate, and coffee malts. These ingredients ensure a dense, rich flavour profile that includes the dark chocolate and coffee notes you'd logically expect as well as more intricate flavours and aromas of black forest cake, tiramisu, and fine Belgian truffles.

Not to mention the fact that those 120 IBU kick in sooner or later; such a robust hoppiness can't help but impart a pungent piny character and the woodsy, leafy, earthy notes of the forest floor. Bitterness is surprisingly kept in check, however, and my money is on the honey - that's another ingredient not exactly noticeable but one that plays a strategic part in the overall scheme.

My initial notes for The Fundamental Blackhorn refer to it as "so friendly it's almost frisky". I'll admit I'm not wowed by the depth or complexity of this sizable offering but I am again impressed by how approachable it is; the integration of hops, malts, and wood rolls rich, dark, bitter flavours into a notably smooth package that's way too drinkable for how strong it is. Get cozy with it.

 1,927 characters

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black with mocha head that doesn't really fill out, but some suds last a while

Aroma: root beer, sweet chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark roasted coffee and powdery, bitter chocolate, balanced by some caramel sweetness; very clean mouthfeel, super-easy drinking, with dry fiinish - given the alcohol level and relatively intense taste, it's actually quite incredible how easy this goes down and how quickly you want another sip; finish lingers with dark chocolate, which begins to lead the flavour profile with more fullness, less bitterness, if one-noted

Overall: a well constructed brew, with aggressive roasted malt flavours that go down easy due to a clean, smooth body - could be a good introduction for the average beer drinker

 747 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Fundamental Blackhorn from Hornbeer
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 60 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.