Black Maria | To Øl

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To Øl

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: 3 Cs + Galaxy

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 78
Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12.7 fl oz bottle on November 21, 2015. Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12.7 fl oz bottle on May 14, 2018. Look is black with a medium head and lingering lacing. Smell is fruity and bitter hop notes with hints of chocolate malt. Taste is fruity hops with bitter dark chocolate notes. Feel is medium in body with a dry and somewhat bitter finish.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black pour with a really nice light mocha head, small, but lasts quite a lot and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Nice balanced smell of dark malts and hops. Chocolate, light coffee, some cigar, rich pine, burnt sugar, faint dark licorice, rich grapefruit and lemon peel. Some hints of smoke and even some wood.
Starts pretty straight-forward, with rich roasted malts and leafy hops with a strong pine note. Citrus peel and a bit of juiciness underneath. Some dark chocolate shows up, with just a bit of burnt sugar, but the sweetness is kept at a minimum. Spicy, earthy hops in the finish, with some ashy burnt dark malts.
Aftertaste has a nice hop freshness, with a bitterness upgraded by the lingering burnt malts and some coffee powder. Medium body, medium carbonation, kinda smooth. The lactose brings a certain creaminess, i think, but i can't really detect it in the taste.
A traditional Black IPA, has all the elements ticked, and they're intense enough to actually make this beer stand out in the crowd.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Tone
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, wood, sweet malt, roasted malt, and piney hops. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong sweet malt, roasted malt, piney hops, earthy malt, hint of yeast, and wood. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend, but the earthiness is unfavorable.

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Photo of mklisz
2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tower of cappuccino foam over charcoal black. 4
Ash, orange oil, and touches of flowers + brown sugar. 4
Big char, some sour coffee, blackberries, then resin, spinach, and orange peel. 4
Cocoa end and endless bitter linger.
Oily, clingy, almost medium. 4

Galaxy, Centennial, Columbus, Cascade

Certainly has the eponymous black - not quite a porter, but tons of burn. Hops are a bit buried, too - can't say I get any light tropical notes from Galaxy (and Dec.2.*18* date suggest this is pretty fresh.) Story here is IBUs and roasty notes playing back and forth. Hefty, but not especially sophisticated. 4

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml brown bottle purchased from Beer Cartel in Sydney. Served to me blind by @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep, opaque brown, with a ridiculously frothy head of mocha foam that does settle down a little bit, leaving masses of crispy lace on the glass. Body is fairly light and fluid and there's no visible carbonation sticking around. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is lovely. Big fresh hops mingling with chopped dark chocolate to give jaffa and liqueur characters. Pleasant citrus notes, slight roast, and fresh fragrant cold-press coffee. Yep—it's a great nose for an IBA.

Taste is also good, and follows the mould well. Clean and crisp for the most part, with a pronounced hop character running through it's length, and lingering ephemeral roast characters kicking the back palate. Body is pleasingly light, but given some structure by a slightly chalky dry malt character.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good IBA. It's fresh and bright, but with a genuine hat-tip to the roast characters which give it its colour. It's that nice balance that's really worth achieving.

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Photo of stcules
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Totally black, with a light brown colored creamy foam.
In the smell roasted malt, light toasted, and then a loto of american hops, with citrus and resnous notes.
Some cocoa and hazelnut.
Full and round taste, malty. Light toasted, dark chocolate. Green notes of hop. And green nuts.
Quite full body, without being too much. A lot of dark chocolate in the aftertaste, followed by green hops and cocoa. Long.
Good, full, intense, gratifying.

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Photo of HopBelT
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Can_has_beer
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black Maria from To Øl
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 78 ratings