Batch 100 Strong Black Ale | Mad Fox Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
25 Ratings

Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by droomyster on 10-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warriorsoul
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jtladner
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

snifter on the brewpub patio

a: served in a snifter glass, this commemorative is black in color, the tan head retained as a ring around the glass

s: bittersweet chocolate and roasted barley form a dense malt nose with tasteful but clear notes of bourbon barrel; raisin and prune, sweet tobacco, dark sugars, and mild earthy hops

m: carbonation on the low end, full, smooth body

t: a body of bittersweet chocolate and roasted barley holds deeper flavors of prune, raisin, sweet pipe tobacco, oaked bourbon, dark cane sugar, mild hops, complex and quite tasty

o: a deep beer with lots of character that shows its barreling well, very enjoyable to take your time with

 669 characters

Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a nice creamy tan head with a slight brown note. Beer itself is a nice dark black with slick sheen to it.

Smell is really good. Nice moderate bourbon note mixing with the chocolate, vanilla, and light oak notes. Overall, the notes are well balanced ad don't overwhelm each other but complement. Slight booze note.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The bourbon is a bit stronger and so is the alcohol but not to it's detriment. The chocolate is still there as is the vanilla but the oak gets lost occasionally.

The feel is good. Heavy body with a nice light but biting carbonation to give it texture. Smooth and a little bit slick.

Overall, a pretty good beer. It's a good choice of barrel and the notes work well. I'd say go for it but today is probably the last day it's available.

 809 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of pcarney8
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Myst
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sprucetip
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jacewg
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a half pint today at the cask tapping, I typically frown when given a half serving but quickly realized that this beer was something so special that I needed no other beer to justify my visit to the brewpub.

Pours black and still as a swamp, with almost no head to speak of. Aromas of are hot and sweet. Steaming molasses and warm toffee are held aloft on the wings of alcoholic gusts. Not a roasty smells despite the depth of its blackness. Fascinating taste. The alcohol is so hot from the get go that you know you have to take it slow. Gives off a beautiful whiskey burn from minute it touches the tongue. It's kinda syrupy and medicinal up front with raisin and other dark fruits becoming more prominent in the middle. Cherry liqueur and port-like flavors come in on the back end before giving way to a big vanilla finish that lingers for several minutes. Extremely low carbonation. Very slick texture, like drinking a light motor oil. A captivating, ponderous beer. I highly recommend trying it.

 1,008 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/25/12 notes. Have been trying to make it out to Mad Fox a few times to try this one but could never make it, so was very happy to hear it was on tap yesterday when I went in for brunch. 10 oz. pour served in a snifter at the Mad Fox Brewpub.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, light dark fruits, light molasses, and very light cream or vanilla. Very nice complex nose. The bourbon is up front and nice and sweet, but it isn't overpowering at all. Not getting any hops whatsoever.

t - Tastes of bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, alcohol, sweet dark fruits sugar, and vanilla. Very nice again, though more dark chocolate and not as sweet as the nose. A little more alcohol in the taste than the nose, a little bit of a step down. Again, no real hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a tiny bit of alcohol in the body.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; one of Mad Fox's best beers overall and the best of their BA beers I've had so far (I liked this more then their normal RIS Crazy Ivan, and the 2 BA beers I've had, their Oated Oak and Oak Aged Slobberknocker). Bourbon is up front but not overpowering, and the nose is fantastic. Would love to have it again...I think I'd rank this right behind their 2 Hemispheres and tied with their Orange Whip as my second favorite of their beers so far.

 1,517 characters

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I thought the bartender who waited on us tonight was a stand-offish prick.

Being the Mad Fox fan that I am, I was stoked to get to try this one.

A: It poured pitch black, with no light passing through, with a slight off-white head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: It had very much a nutty, bourbony scent, with some dark fruit note thrown in for safe measure. Actually, I felt the bourbon was pretty heavy.

T: This was slightly sweet (but the bourbon killed most of that), with a nice almond, bourbon flavor and very smooth finish. Supposedly this was meshed with a black IPA, but I didn't get any hint of that at all.

M: This wasn't as thick or snot-like as I was hoping, however, it was still oily enough. The sweetness was definitely disciplined and the carbonation was next to nill.

O: This was an appropriate brew to commemorate a landmark of a very nice brewery.

 903 characters

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of djre4orm
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Fox's 2nd anniversary party. Served in a snifter. Pitch black in color with just a trace amount of a head around the edges of the glass. Very dark and still looking.

The aroma has a strong barrel presence to it. Bourbon, oak and vanilla all really stand out in it. I get a little malty, caramel sweetness, but the bourbon barrel seems to steal the show. The bourbon may be a little strong, but it's also good.

Again, lots of bourbon shows through in the taste. There is some really nice notes of brown sugar, vanilla and oak but it's also a little hot. A little bit of the darker, roasted malts show through, but the bourbon is definitely the dominant flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall, I thought it was a pretty solid beer. The bourbon dominated a little, but overall it came together well. The bourbon flavors were really good in it.

 901 characters

Photo of Dsimenson
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jimmys
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served at the RFD - Strong Ale Tasting in DC. review from notes.

A: pitch black w/ one of the reddish looking heads i have ever seen. this thing looks oily.
S: a boatload of residual sugar. bourbon. the sweetness is a little one note and really blasts the aroma.
T: tons of complexity. bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee, a boatload of dry, chalky coco notes linger in the finish.
M: silky smooth. the body is cloying on the palate.
D: i thought this was one the best brews i tasted at the night's event. a blend of a RIS and a Black IPA, then aged in Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1999 Bourbon Barrels. so yeah, certainly not lacking in complexity. personally, i couldnt detect the hop presence from the black IPA/100 IBU's. however, with all the other flavors going on this doesnt come as a surprise, nor do i mind. some nice sipping beer right here.

 860 characters

Photo of cjgiant
3.39/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

O: Drinking barrel-aged version at 3rd anniversary party. Obvious barrel-aging was in whiskey (bourbon) barrels. Strong nose of whiskey, represented in taste as well, especially up front. The coffee flavors of the stoudt hit later. If you're a fan of bourbon barrel aging (I am not, really), I think this would be worth a try.

A: black with little lacing
S: obvious bourbon barrel notes
T: whiskey, coffee
M: not much, can tell it's a higher ABV beer

 451 characters

Photo of ipas-for-life
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Batch 100 Strong Black Ale from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 25 ratings