Cara De Luna Black Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Cara De Luna Black AleCara De Luna Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crazymountainbrewery.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Danobold on 02-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Texasfan549
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a session type black ale from crazy mountain that has the odd paradox of not being a beer i would particularly care to make a session out of. its dark brown in color, almost black with an amber glow in the light, and a half inch of head thats gone before i can blink. the nose is a little sweeter, almost red grape juice sort of sweet, with a schwarzbier type malt bill, german, dark, earthy, and still lighter than others. the ale yeast is nondescript in flavor, but i feel like it hasnt all the way done its job, maybe too short of a fermentation time, maybe an under pitch, i dont know, but i know this beer has more residual sugar than i care for, particularly in the black ale style, where the incumbent earthy dry finish is what works for me. the fruit flavors in the middle of this throw me off, but i dont dislike it. its the feel that sort of turns me negative towards the whole thing, its too sweet and not carbonated enough. there is nothing refreshing about this beer, even though its flavors are pleasant and unique. not a bad miss for crazy mountain, but just a little off the mark. a dryer finish would make it a keeper.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hopfully this is interesting, a German/Belgian/American style blend so could be interesting.

Pours a small fizzy darker colored bubbly head covereing that fades fairly quickly, touch of lacing, just about pitch black beer.

Nose starts with some chocolate malt, dark cocoa but watery like hot cocoa made with water instead of milk, a little toasted crystal like but not caramel, not a whole lot of overall maltiness, mostly just the dark chocolate like malt characters, a hint of a bready aroma, a touch of metallic edge from the roastiness, and just a bit of a grassy slightly spicy hop. Overall a bit light on the nose.

Taste brings a whole lot more dark malt and cocoa, like chocolate malt and powdered cocoa but a dry version of it, but this time some lactose sugar but again dry lactose. A nice stout flavor, a slightly bitter extra stout flavor. Also a mild roasty flavor, with touch of metallic roast, and a little yeasty note. It also brings a little dry bready character, probably from the yeast. Then into a grassy hop character, little spicy too but overall mild bitterness. Finish is a little sticky surprisingly as it was so dry throughout, bit of powdered flavor like a cocoa and powdered lactose blend, bit of a crystal malt character, and mild grassy hop with a touch of yeast still.

Mouth is med bod but maybe a bit on the lighter side, decent carb.

Overall not bad, for how much little malt they seemed ot have used it has a nice flavor profile, good dark malts without being overly roasty or tannic but there is a little bit, hops could have been a bit stronger but not too bad, a little yeasty unfortunately, but otherwise not too bad of a beer.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of a77cj7
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of puboflyons
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 19, 2013.

I must have had a bad bottle because I could not rate this as high as others before me. Certainly it looks like it should with a deep dark brown to black color and a long lasting, soapy tan head.

But the aroma was way off. I got something akin to sour green apples and little in the way of malts, sweet, smoky, or otherwise.

The body is pretty decent and in the medium range.

Like the aroma the taste is more akin to sour, spent fruit like green apples. There is a slight hop bite despite that but it is very hard for me to enjoy this. I hope I got a bad bottle because if it is supposed to taste like this it certainly doesn't make me think Porter.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with reddish hues, small tannish head of foam.

The smell has a little bit of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate. .not much really going on here.

Same goes for the taste. Light flavours all around but it is still a decent beer.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Not a bad Black Ale.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

The nose is not big – clean, mostly malt with light touches of roast. Pours deep dark brown with a 3” tan head. The very creamy palate provides smooth chocolate and grain flavors with a dash of caramel and a touch of vanilla. No burnt roast flavors, very light traces of espresso on the finish, no big bitterness. Balanced towards the malt. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10/11/2016

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Photo of WDJersey
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of beergoot
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black body with a very thick, very chunky, very sticky light tan head. Rich malt aroma; chocolate and nougat; decent hop aroma, light pine. Excellent roasted grains; chocolate; bold yet tempered hop bitterness. Solid medium body; smooth and silky.

A very tasty, relatively low ABV, and easy drinking dark ale. Sweet and creamy feel and taste with an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Well worth trying once and coming back to savor again.

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Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a moderately dark brown head. The head leaves signinifcant lacing and has great retention. Nose features some light roasted malt, some smokiness, a bit of yeast and some mild chocolate. Taste matches the nose for the most part with heavier presence of the roasty malts. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, nice flavorful dark lager.

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Cara De Luna Black Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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