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