Black Sails | Coronado Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 03-31-2012

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of GarrettB
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

January 30th, 2015 - Black Sails is a ghastly beer, here and there, stochastic and random, and unpredictable in its quality. The aroma is quite fascinating, rising high above the shaker pint, and advertising something more than the usual freshly chopped pine wood that I tend to get in Black IPAs. Instead I get more luxury cologne, varnish and heavy pine syrup, with a deeper tone to the vampire woodsiness compared to other brews. But the flavor radically departs from the inviting aroma, packing as much off-putting cantaloupe flavor as possible. Unfortunately, the mixture of campfire and cantaloupe is like licking an aspen tree with licorice and toasted black sesame seed coating the bark. I visibly cringe as I also taste something like Jaegermeitster. While the mouthfeel is fine, there is something terrible discordant between me and this brew's flavor.

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Photo of anon
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on an almost black body.
The aroma is lots of roasted malt and some pine, a really nice mixture.
The taste smooth roasted malt, a bit of coffee and pine bitterness.
The texture is softer, almost creamy.
This is a really good black IPA.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerloverinmanila
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a big creamy foam. The aroma is not there. You can easily taste the roasted malt but it overpowered the bitterness of the hops. But its still a top shelf craft beer.

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Photo of Drknight
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rowett
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugganooch
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 12/16/2014

A: Dark brownish black body. Not really a thick brew but definitely unclear as it holds together in the glass. A healthy vigor of khaki tan cream holds true for a few lengthy minutes before settling back down to the surface. Lightly tracked lacing creates a trellised look across the glass walls.

S: The nose is pungent with melon fruit, lemon grass, pine, and some mild tropical notes. Getting some unlikely green apple or green pear note there. Has just the most subtle roast character with a whisper of smoke to it. Seems very dry and earthy once all the hop character subsides. Interesting aromas to say the least. I am liking the hops on their own but not sure they are jiving well with everything else.

T: The beer has super resinous hop pucker with some real interesting green apple and kiwi fruit flavor going on. I get some further notes of lemon grass and pine. Dark roast appears in mists with a light and frothy touch of chocolate. Finish is super dry and quite punchy on the palate with some resinous linger. Not sure what to make of this one just yet. Has some crazy tropical floral notes with earthy roast mineral and something much like kiwi fruit to it. Isolated these might be good but all together not so much.

M: Moderately hefty body with a nice creamy consistency rolled into a high level of peppery bitterness. Finishes out very dry and resinous with some acrid notes. Mostly lands on the cleaner side I would say however.

D: Nice to see Coronado take a stab at the style. Interesting brew…a bit on the fence still. I like the crazy tropical hops utilized here I am just not sold on the final product. Really doesn’t seem to come together. Definitely not going to be a fav for me.

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Photo of markgugs
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Most India black ales I've tried taste very similar and they have all been really good. I can almost taste a hint of mermaid red in this but just a darker version of it. I recommend this beer to anyone who likes the India black/pale ale flavor.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

6.8% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, pepper, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, earth, citrus zest, and watermelon rind flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid aromas, but the watermelon rind flavor I am getting diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GatorCoop
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rideguy64
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bccrosley
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJohnShow
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice charcoal aftertaste.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There's definitely a red glint in this dark brown-black brew. A big pile of coarse but long-lasting foam in the Maredsous goblet. Spritzy and mouth filling.

The striking flavor is woody, herbal, roasted, and even musty, in a nice way. The Malt is ample and provides a little sweet luxury to go with all the hops. Some hints of cocoa with burnt raisin toast. Plenty of bitterness now and in the future.

Overall, a truly different kind of IPA but quite drinkable in an agressive sort of style. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

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Photo of paul_emm
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap: has a great head retention. Pours with a slight golden tint. A bit chalky on the mouthfeel. Less citrusy than expected; more coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Slightly bitter finish. Would pair nicely with a coffee cake, or sticky toffee pudding.

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

Photo of MisterGone
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours black (duh) with a tinge of red in the light. Interestingly lighter tan head that drops pretty quickly. Aroma is subdued, which I am not used to in such a dark beer, especially one that plans to have big flavors. Aromas of burnt coffee, a hop note that I can't pin down from the char aroma, and a briny kelp. That last one may seem odd but to me that is pleasant. Flavor is more in line with Black IPA's by others. However, the burnt coffee and pine hop are the dominant flavors, vanilla takes such a serious back seat it it is barely there. Dark chocolate rounds out the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel for such a dark beer. Kind of an interesting savory take on the Black IPA.

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Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of NateSharpless
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

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Black Sails from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 63 ratings