Black Malts And Body Salts | To Øl

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Black Malts And Body SaltsBlack Malts And Body Salts

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Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by artoolemomo on 09-14-2013

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - a black IPA brewed with French Press coffee, and 'body salts', apparently. I take that to mean dehydrated human sweat was employed here?

This beer pours a fairly solid black hole, but for a cascading (upwards, from the bottom) array of brown cola highlights, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some decently consistent pockmarked cement wall lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sharp, kind of acerbic dry roasted coffee, bready caramel malt, saltine wheat crackers, dark reduced sugar syrup, and rather sedate leafy, piney, and ethereally citrusy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, toasted grainy caramel malt, a lesser dose of biscuity toffee, bitter cafe-au-lait, subtle damp ash, more lightly salted wet crackers, muddled singed black orchard fruit, medium cocoa powder, still understated pine and citrus rind astringencies, and a bit more leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty tame in their merely supportive and not overly playful frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, the ashy and benign hop measures taking only a minor toll here. It finishes off-dry, a burgeoning malty and polite booziness co-opting the cocoa and coffee, and leaving everything else in their dust.

For the style, this is aiiiiighht. For something that I might sup on while enduring the ministrations of (in-law) family game night? Still ok. As for any other time, like say getting my indulgent ass home afterwards, damn it if this one doesn't kick my ass while telling me what time it is, and that it still loves me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a very very cool beer here, so nice to put coffee and hops together, although its definitely intense, bitterness double jeopardy, and not for everyone, but i personally thought it was exquisite. the pour is amazing, super heady, rising mocha cream overflows even after a modest pour, and it holds on, leaving well defined rings after each sip. jet black and shiny brew with just a little yeast floating around. it smells like day old drip coffee, not super rich or thick, more simple than that, its bold, but its still an accent flavor to the black malts, which have a nice heavy roast on them, very mineral heavy and dense, and the hops are C varietal type, more bitter and high alpha than fruity or oily or anything, but definitely aggressively dosed. carbonation makes the beer lighter than it is, and the nearly 10% abv is extremely well disguised, which is remarkable in this context. one thing i thought was missing is the usual danish yeast weirdness that these guys bring to the table most of the time. there isnt much of a yeast profile here at all, and that hurts it a little for me, i expected it to be a little more bizarre, and i miss it. the hops are very intense against the coffee too, especially as it warms up. great beer, not as unique as it could be given the ingredients and base style, but its very well made and worth the 11 or so dollars i dropped on it. slow sipper though for sure. gorgeous artwork on the label too.

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Photo of kitch
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 1st December 2019 and poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an opaque black colour with a really nice two finger brown head with good retention but leaves wonderful stringy lacing. It eventually settles to a creamy thin layer.

Aroma: Initial aromas of bready buscuit malts and espresso coffee followed by tropical mango and pineapple fruits. Maybe even some liquorice in the finish.

Taste: Starts strong with bitter espresso coffee, slightly smoky with a hint of dark chocolate which then turns fruitier with dark berries followed by citrus grapefruit before ending with bitter coffee again.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: This was really good as it has a very balanced yet complex aromas and flavours and of course coffee flavours. The 9.9% ABV is well hidden and it just goes down really easy. It is a must buy beer in my opinion.

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Photo of aleigator
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantasic brown head, tar black color.

Bready malts, coffee, ripe fruits, mango, peach, a whole lot going on in this, while fruit aromas are the most present.

Taste is much more defined by coffee, as the smell actually promised. Coffee is so intense, it reminds me of espresso, providing a bitter, dry beginning. Bitter chocolate and earthy malts support the bitter, present coffee, providing a underlying sweet- and earthieness. Fruits are also present, giving the beer a great complexity. Fruits turn more and more recognizable, as the palate adjusts to the beer. Surprisingly, those two very different tastes go very well together. Bitter from the beginning, fruity hops add a lovely piney, sweet note to the beer, with a gentle bitter, hoppy ending. Mouthfeel is almost a little oily.

Great melange, full bodied, neither coffee nor fruits seem to be too present on their own, which makes this beer so great for me. Both sides of the beer would work perfectly fine on their own, but thrown into one single bottle, a unique enjoyable taste is created. Very smooth, warm, gentle, while alcohol is detectable at no point.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a goblet a deep mahogany with thick creamy deep beige head atop that settles very slowly.Pine resin really sticks out in the nose alone with earthy roast,quite dry.The palate is hop driven up front with pine and earth with not a big sweet malt base more roasted with lighter bitter chocolate,and some caramel sweetness.Not always a fan of the style but this is very nice and the mouthfeel is great wich makes the flavors more appealing.Great beer.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a soft tan head. Smells salty, with notes of brewed coffee, citrus hops and chocolate. Taste notes include coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, pine, grapefruit and salt. An excellent Black IPA, one of my favourite.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark mohagany brown brown, almost black. Sticky pitted tree fruit nose. Dates, raisins, dried black cherries, boozy, roasty notes. Tastes smooth amd boozy, dry body and finish overall. Juicy dense sticky fruit flavors, semi bitter burnt malt toasted notes that linger.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robertas
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanMcK72
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kwolf23
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with milk coffee head. Aroma has fresh hoppy notes but also roasted malts. Taste starts hoppy but slightly sweet and gets more bitter and roasty towards the finish. Alcohol is really well hidden. Overall this is a very good black IPA.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Creamy tan head caps a black body. Head has stellar retention, and some curtain-like lace.
S: fine blend of coffee, piney hops, and some earthiness.
T: mild chocolate maltiness up front, before a fast transition to bold black coffee, with a finish that is equal parts coffee and grassy and piney hops.
M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation, but a nice creaminess nearly reminiscent of a stout.
O: very nice blend of oddly complementary notes.

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Photo of BayouMafia
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Hallu
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undoubtedly the best Black IPA I've ever tasted. Most black IPAs have too much hops, not enough toasty/coffee character. This one is very clear and direct : the nose is pure hops, more on the fruity side. The taste is then 100 % coffee porter, before the final comes back rushing with the hops. But unlike most black IPAs where the fruits from the hops and the toasty character feel like they don't belong together, here they do. They're both as powerful as each other, and keep trading punches. I didn't even realize it was 10 % ABV. If you think most black IPAs aren't toasty enough, then this one is for you.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zonker17
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour from 12.7 oz bottle to shaker. Beige head goes down to a ring and leave significant lacing. Smells of burnt malts. Taste is creamy, coffee, lightly bitter. Near heavy body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of NonthaburiBrew
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Antyk
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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