Serious Madness | Mad River Brewing Company

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88
very good
217 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States
madriverbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 02-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
217
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 126
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -1%

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 45-50F. Looked near perfect, with a large tan head over a black body with dark mahogany edges, The head is durable and leaves plenty of splotchy lacing.

Medium+ body; silky smooth; Light+ carbonation.

The aroma promises a load of dark malts and has hints of chocolate.and coffee.

The flavor follows. It's rich and moderately complex, with as much dark malt as I'll probably ever want. Fairly minimal burnt flavors and negligible char. Momentarily sweet, it becomes increasingly bitter going into the finish and aftertaste. Higher ABV is partially evident but well integrated and eloquant.

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Photo of blakokoo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rxthree
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of t2thebro
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a half finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, sour milk and grass. It's not a great smell.
The taste starts mildly sweet, then some lemon bitterness in the middle to end. It has a milk flavor to it all.
The texture is crisp and soft around the sides.
The sour smell and milk flavor really through this beer off.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of avalon07
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice, subtle aroma of hops, coffee, and a little chocolate.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, and malt. Not as hoppy as some black ales, but still pretty high. An incredibly well-balanced flavor: Coffee and chocolate have strong flavors, but they never overpower this beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, very tasty beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with little head, but leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smell is of dark roast and hops. Sort of muted, but its still there. Pine and cocoa dominate.

Taste is pretty good with a good kick of hoppiness, along with a decadent backbone of dark malt to give it a nice balance of Cocoa and coffee, and pine, and citrusy hops.

Feel is mild carb with a slickness that leaves the pallet wanting more.

Overall I like this but it is not up to par with the likes of wookey jack or sublimley.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted coffee, citrus, ash, and smoke.

Taste: Roasted coffee, ash, mild bitterness, mik chocolate, and citrus. Chocolate notes are similar to cocoa nibs. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation, a little mild ash bitterness, and a little booze.

Overall: This was a very enjoyable black ale. Stout and porter characteristics with the hop characteristics of an IPA. Awesome stuff.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Serious Madness from Mad River Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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