The Fundamental Blackhorn | Hornbeer

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The Fundamental BlackhornThe Fundamental Blackhorn

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Style: American 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

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Chrily:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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Photo of -DF-
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $8.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 9deg C in a tulip.

A- Nice opening and pour to a bubbly brown head that is there for a bit until it films out.

S- Rather good but lack body but very forgivable considering......

T- Outstanding for a high level mid grade stout. This is a nice warm figgy, sweet and sickly beer. Good winter beer warming up after a long cold drive on a highway.

M- A bit chalky. Don't like that dry coco hit

O- Nice beer. Enjoyable to say the least. Lack of nose hurt this girl. Other than that it was a pleasantly good one.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little stout went well with....... The other half of my T bone steak. Just melts the mount and meat.


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Photo of StormAles
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of roasted malt with light lactose notes are interesting. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some light black chocolate and some subtle lactose notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I am starting to find that the beers form this brewery are lacking a little bit of character to make them truly interesting and wanting to drink them on a regular basis.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ddedhed
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ikidunot
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaCreep
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose feels clear all the power of the drink and all its complexity. It offers complex flavors and strong coffee liqueur and dark chocolate melted. Full range of bitter flavors and roasted goes.

In the mouth, the body remains highly drinkable despite significant power and bitterness powerful but controlled carefully (you do not feel the so-called 120 IBU). The roasted malt adds to the persistence in this perfect taste balance that provides additional miles flavors (mocha, praline chocolate, alcohol, coffee, honey roast ...) and oh so delicious. All stands and gives a slap in the mouth. Maturation in oak adds more complexity, if that is possible.

A real spanking to the so-called "russian imperial stout" from the same Danish brewery. BlackHorn is permanently closed in the top of the best stouts in the world.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Shaker glass @ Cervecería Freiburg. Pure black color headed by dark tan foam. Creamy & spotty crown. Coffee infusion, chocolate, roasted & herbal deep aromas. Roasted malt & underneath bitter upfront. Prune & spiced hues. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Bitter cocoa, coffee & resiny flavors in the middle linger into a dry finish. Dried – black bread like- mouthfeel & aftertaste. ABV well masked. Good job !!

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

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7.70

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some smoke/charred notes, hops, and a bit of a dark fruit flavour.

Overall - A little bit of an odd peaty/metallic flavour going on at times, but for the most part a very solid beer worth picking up. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsander
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Hornbeer 'The Fundamental Blackhorn' @ 10.0% , served from a couple of 500 ml bottle's purchased for $9 each

A-pour is black from the bottle to glass with a medium size fine tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-coffee & booze , hint of chocolate

T-ok tasting 'RIS' , no wow factor , lots of smoke and a coffee bitterness on the swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body , dryness on the palate lingers

Ov-ok beer ,

prost LampertLand

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Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is black with brown tones and has a tan head, rather little lacing but very good curtains.

The smell is much chocolate and oranges (like chocolate covered orange marmalade), but also slightly liqueur and some cask nuances. A whiff of glue as well.

Starts sweet with dried fruits and chocolate, oranges and black currants.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a big body, not dry.

Very nice after dinner, slowly sipping is the formula.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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