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Black Maria | To Øl

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Black MariaBlack Maria

Brewed by:
To Øl

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: 3 Cs + Galaxy

Added by Rwalford74 on 06-14-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 73
Reviews by eric5bellies:
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3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a deep black oily colour with a large tanned head that retains well

S - Malt, molasses and whiskey booze.

T - Up front some nice sweet malts that are well balanced middle palate is smooth and vanilla. The finish is very earthy

M - Medium to full body with low carb

O - A well rounded beer that lacks complexity. If truth be told its more of a porter than anything else.

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More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of interistacanadese
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a very tall tan head. Roasted grains, bitter cherries, dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a bitter chocolate/cherry aftertaste. Excellent.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Brown, almost black with a deep rich root beer float head. Small lacing.
A: Toasted malt, boozy, smokey, molasses.
T: Malt, molasses, mild citrus, hops, nicotine,
M: Dry, medium body, very well rounded, great bitterness that lasts a long while.
O: A bit pricey but worth it. This is an outstanding Black Imperial IPA

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Photo of christinelovesbeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlazerT
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Teku glass. Bottle. Pitch black with light brown, tow fingers head. Average lacing. Roasted, smokey and wooden aroma. Taste is definetely roasted, form the middle you can feel heavy bitterness, which quickly dissapears, some tart and ashy notes. In the background some roasted coffee and zesty citrus. Dry, medium to full body, sticku to oily texture. Earthy aftertaste. In general interesting beer something between dry stout and black IPA. From the dry stout you can experiency ashy and dry notes, from black IPA some hoppy nature. Just try it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BKotch
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows roasted grains and coffee with a big pine and grapefruit hit behind.
Very roasty flavours too, massive dry roasted grains with more pine and spicy hops leading to an aggressively sharp bitterness.
Carbonation seems a little full on.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours pitch black with a three finger fine light brown head with great retention (actually grows over time) and tons of thick lacing. Aroma of piney hops, toasted malt and charred coffee. Unusual flavor of estery pine and citrus hops, charred and toasted dark malt, overnight coffee and light coffee. The hops dominate the flavor, but are not intensely bitter. Semi-dry finish with lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interesting take on an American Black Ale, but emphasizing hops rather than dark malt. The malt is there and but provides its char and toast in a supporting role. Flavor seems a bit thin by West Coast black ale standards because of the light malt bill, but still covers all the bases and is nicely complex.

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Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of afrokaze
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black IPAs (where are they on the beer styles list???) are always a good bet - Kooinda make a great alternative. First time I've had anything from this brewery and it was pretty pricey at almost $11 for a 330 ml bottle at Jims.

To me, this was true to type. Appearance is almost that of a stout or porter. The head thins out quickly but stays for a long time. Great hoppy overtones exactly as you would expect. If if had to make one criticism it's that the ABV is evident.

Even at this price I think this is a beer I will visit again. Maybe next time I'll try it back to back with an Aussie version.

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3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Black color headed by deep tan & creamy crown. A lasting layer remains on top leaving some spots on sides. Roasted aromas, hints of oak, notes of chocolate & fresh black tobacco. Crispy upfront & gentle bitterness at first sip. Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. Silky palate. Complex flavor profile arises in the middle: hints of fudge chocolate, licorice hues, lemon touch, nuts, black cocoa & coffee infusion. Citric zest astringency opens a long bitter finish. Dried nuts on the aftertaste. Great job & well balanced beer: high ABV is not felt & bitterness is sharp but sticky malty backbone holds on line.

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Black Maria from To Øl
4.03 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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