Haywire Double Black American Ale | Indeed Brewing Company

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Haywire Double Black American AleHaywire Double Black American Ale

Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bsp77 on 10-23-2012

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Haywire pours a black color with a big tan long lasting head. Taste is big bitter with lots of burnt hops. A bit flat. Overall top black ipa, big bold bitter flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A bubble show galore reveals a 50/50 balance between the khaki head and the fudge brown liquid; sticks beautifully and leaves a curtain of lacing

Smell: Chocolate, caramel and coffee balanced by pine; ultimately smells like an aromatic chocolate confection

Taste: Chocolate, caramel and coffee, up front, with the piney bitterness building, in the middle; the interplay between the confectionary flavors of the malts and the bitter hops creates a uniquely well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Despite the 100+ IBUs I find myself intrigued by the malts in this beer; sure, the hops add balance and a nice tone to the finish but the malts make the sweet element of this beer taste like an artisanal chocolate confection

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Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks #2. Appreciated.
Great complex, mosty hop aroma. Sweet, citrus, herbal and fruit. The darker malt foundation is there too. Hint of hop oil but still pleasant. Very nice.
Certainly a black ale with dark brown highlights. Thick tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Great start.
Taste is not quite as satisfying at the start, but it is good. Very interesting and complex. Starts of sweet again, largely malt driven with a strong roast (coffee and dark malt with some fruit) with the mixed hop presentation with quite a bit of similarity to the aroma. In middle to finish is where is shows differences. Both a thick almost syrupy feel mixes with a smooth malt with hints of roast and a prominent but not overpowering and pleasantly tasting bitterness that is forward and lingering. For this size the alcohol blends in nicely with nothing distinct but additive in the sweet and mixed hops.
Quite full and carbonated nicely.
this is better than I expected. Well rounded, smooth and great mix of flavors. Nicely done.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours nearly black under a 2” tan head that produces clingy lace while reducine to a thick film.
S: Roast, citrusy pacific northwest hops, some resin, pine and grapefruit
T: Roast malt with a hint of sweet at the front, grapefruit rind and coffee bitter rises as it hits the back and takes over.
F: Creamy, soft in the mouth, medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of RStansel
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to have found this at Casanova in Hudson, Wisconsin. This thing smells like a god-damn Barolo: macerated black cherries, pepper, cocoa, damp earth, licorice, pine and roses. Just an unreal nose. Balanced on the palate, though it's s bit hot at 10.8% abv. Smooth, brooding, with hops and malts truly integrated. Exceptional.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Aggressive pour into a snifter yields 3 fingers of tan head. Body is jet black. Looks exquisite in my snifter.

Smell: Toffee malts, citrusy hops in the background. Alcohol is there, too.

Taste: Cocoa and booze up front, then the hops slam into your palate - Centennial, Citra, El Dorado, and Sorachi Ace. Unrelenting, piney, fruity goodness, then toffee on the finish. Simply outstanding.

Feel: A little syrupy, well carbonated.

Overall: I enjoy a well-executed DBIPA, and this is an excellent example of the style. Another world-class beverage by Indeed. Overall rating = 4.42

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Indeed tap room into a clear glass.

Appearance: Pours opaque black with a one finger creamy tan foam head. Foam fades slowly, leaving a nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Bright pine and citrus hops followed by whiffs of dark roasted malt and coffee.

Taste: A blast of pine hops up front followed quickly by stong dark roasted malts and coffee flavors. The hops leave a lingering bitterness that mix well with the strong roasted malts and coffee flavors.

Mouth Feel: Creamy and medium-full bodied with a good medium carbonation. Finishes with a bitter snap and dark roasted malt tang on the finish.

Overall: Love this black ale, but because of the big flavors and high ABV I limit myself to just one or two. This is a great fall/winter ale, and I hope they bring it back this fall.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Indeed is one of my favorite new local breweries. I've had this once before, on-tap at the brewery. Enjoying this bottle on a lovely Sunday. Tasted 4 May 2014.

The beer is stunning. Pours black, though it's a sort of light black, in that it's not totally opaque. Deep brown at the edges. Three fingers of cascading medium tan head, outstanding retention, and some of the best lacing I've ever seen on a beer. Essentially perfect.

Smell is that unique mix that hoppy black ales bring. Citrus hops that blend so well with roasted, lightly charred malts. It's like orange-flavored chocolate, and it works just as well. What sets this one apart from so many others is the bright aromatic hops, and their near-perfect balance with the dark malts.

Taste isn't as good as the smell, but it's still pretty darn good. There's a lot more char, a lot more bitterness, and that (combined with the way aromatic hops never come through nearly as much in the taste) makes it more tilted, sharper, less dimensional (I'd say one-dimensional but it's better than that). In this respect, it's like many others.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, kinda chewy. Has that "I expect a stout and get something lighter" surprise factor that this style often does. Carbonation is right where it should be, and it's persistent, but not too much.

A very tasty hopped-up black ale, with great light citrus character over the darker base. Reminds me a surprising amount of Surly's Damien, though that is a much lower-ABV beer. To be fair, though, the alcohol in this is shockingly well-hidden. I'd believe it if someone told me it was half what the bottle says. Really good stuff.

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Photo of MunkeeMan
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, lots of sediment, slow settling frothy head. More sediment than I typically like

Smell: Very hoppy.

Taste: smooth start, bitter finish that mellows quickly

Mouthfeel: Watery and dry finish

Not the best black Ale I have had but not bad. A bit pricey given alternatives.

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Photo of Mdog
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, enormous head.

Smell: Medium strength piney aroma.

Taste: Moderately sweet chocolate with a piney finish.

Overall: I'm not a big black ale fan but this was getting good reviews and I enjoyed Surly's Blakkr, so I figured I'd give Haywire a try. It is a solid beer with a good malty, chocolatey base and a noticeable piney hop finish. Still not my favorite style, but a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 750ml received from a great BA, split into Deschutes tulips.

A: Not quite pitch black; tawny/transparent brown on the edge of the glass. Head is frothy and retains well.

S: Lots of pine and roast, some coffee and cocoa and a dusting of citrus hops. Smells spicy and earthy as well. Definitely a lot of hop presence for a beer thats been in my fridge at least a couple months...

T: Lots of hop presence, pine and that earthy spice seem to stand out the most. Roasted malt backbone is significant though, lending flavors of burnt barley, smoke, espresso and unsweetened bakers chocolate. Dry, piney finish.

MF: Bitter, medium-full body with ample carbonation.

O: Really hoppy and unique Black IPA. Good stuff.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, frothy 3.5 finger mocha colored head with excellent retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with awesome stick. Perfect.

Nose is citrus, roast, pine, cocoa and hop bitterness. A bit awkward but aromatic and deep.

Opens citrus, cocoa, roast and liquorice. Hop bitterness and smoke come in towards the middle with a sprinkle of chocolate and mocha sweetness. Resin-y hop bitterness, tea leaves, and more roast at the finish. Same aftertaste. Pretty nice.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slick and slightly bubbly in the mouth and goes down smooth and warm. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very good.

I've never been a big fan of Black IPA's but this is actually pretty decent. The sweetness mixes well with the roast and hop notes. Worth trying.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes:
A- Super black with a big, cocoa head. Retention is long lasting. Head has some big bubbles in it. Very, very dark.
S- Given how the guy at the liquor store who suggested this described it, I was expecting a more malt forward flavor. It is actually very hoppy on the nose, though this is not a criticism. Pine aroma, and maybe a hint of citrus fruit. Malt is there with a bit of dark caramel and smoke. Definitely hop forward.
T- Hops really prove to be the leading force. There is some smoke and coffee holding it together, but the piney hops really carry the day. I would have liked to have seen it be a bit more roasty, but I do like the hop profile here.
M- Full-bodied, moderately smooth, long finish.
O- A very good beer and worth trying. They definitely went hop aggressive here (as they should), but would have liked just a bit more balance to it. Good flavors and body though, and worth stopping at the taphouse for.

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Photo of morimech
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours stout like in color with a massive tan head that was slow to recede. The head settles to a thick cap with moderate amount of sticking lacing being left down the glass.

Impressive aroma. Still able to smell the dark malt even with the massive amount of hops that assert themselves. The hops give off aromas of pine, earth, herbs, and a little citrus. I would not call the malt roasted, but heavily toasted with notes of cocoa and molasses. Alcohol is not detected.

I can taste the black which is an area many brewers miss the mark in this style. Porter like malt profile with notes of cocoa and toasted bread. Hops have a strong herbal and earthy component along with equal notes of pine and citrus. Quite bitter with little sign of sweetness. Alcohol is detectable but hardly hot or does it affect the flavor.

Big beer, big body, and nicely carbonated. Feels like a stout or huge porter. Wish many stouts had a body that could come close to this. A wonderful, full, soft texture.

Price aside, this is a fabulous beer. Hits all my requirements of an ABA with great success. The 750ml bottle is more than what I would want to drink by myself because of the bitterness and alcohol. Wish it was available in a smaller format or I have to find someone to share with that would like a beer like this.

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Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a larger than two finger creamy tan head, with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has strong citrus, with pine, dark roasted malt, and cocoa.

Tastes much like it smells with citrus, pine, cocoa, dark roasted malt, and toffee. Has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness, making for a well balanced beer. The alcohol is well hidden. I never would have guessed that this is a 11.50 % abv beer.

full bodied with modest carbonation, and a citrus aftertaste. A very nice beer, but also a very expensive one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a near pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around the glass.

Smell: A big and sharp hop forward aroma with earthy and citrus hints and big hints of roasted malt. Upfront earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and a big scent of oily and dank pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and slight mango. Big roasted malt presence with hints of chocolate, burnt toast, grains, biscuit, burnt caramel, and yeast. Pretty hop forward but the roasty scent is not subtle. A very good aroma.

Taste: As big and good as it smells, a very big mix of earthy and citrus hops backed by a solid presence of roasted malt. Oily earthy, floral, and herbal hops upfront with good notes of grass and lots of pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Bready and dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, burnt toast, burnt caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Nicely juicy and chewy. Big on the hops but backed up well by the dark malt. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty juicy and oily feeling with a nice drying bitterness. Alcohol heat is masked pretty well.

Overall: A really great imperial take on a black ale. Big mix of oily and juicy hops with a good dark taste of roasted malt.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Indeed Haywire Double Black Ale. 8.1% ABV. More details after my own notes, as per usual.

Ultimate blackness, under a long lasting cocoa-tan head that slips down and leaves light brown lace.

Aroma: hops, hops and more hops. Green grass, and pine forest floor. Some citrus, but all hoppitude.

Taste: Smooth malt at first, swiftly subsumed by big, grassy hops. Bitterness grabs the palate and won't shake loose. Grips it, holds it, spreads tingly, tasty hop flavor. Massive malt matches it all.

I've been cautious about every "black ale/ black IPA/ Cascadian dark ale" I come across, and am happy when my fears are extinguished. Here we have an Imperial/Double IPA meeting up with a black ale, and it's exceeding any expectations. Loaded with hops, backed up with black malt. Hearty, full-bodied and considerably satisfying. Toasty, roasty, and full.

Yum. I'd like to have one after another, but the 8% ABV is starting to kick in. Two in a row, and I'm getting in trouble.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours dark, carbonation there as it should be.

This smells exactly like a DIPA. Sweet gooey pine, citrus. Sweeter DIPA vibes, however, rather than palate scraping IPA vibes.

Tastes are hop forward. (understatement).
I think if I had this blind, there is little chance I would have picked up on the "black" aspect of the beer. The roast is beaten down and assaulted by the hops. Given that I like hops, that's a good thing.

Some chalkiness on the aftertaste. I thought it might be chewy resin (which I usually love), but unfortunately I think it's more chalk. Still not that bad, nice and full on the palate. Saturates the mouth with flavor

Overall, a really good beer. Indeed Brewing is blowing up.

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Photo of bsp77
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from 750 into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pitch black with bubbly, large tan head and great lacing.

Smell: Citrus (mostly orange), pine, chocolate and toffee. Mmm, decadent aroma.

Taste: A lot more coffee and roast than evident in the aroma. The sweeter chocolate and toffee elements are there, but subservient to the roast and the hoppy citrus and pine. The only complaint is that the hops are more bitter than flavorful, and mixed with the strong coffee aftertaste, leads to a finish that is very bitter, but not quite as complex as their lower abv Midnight Ryder Black Ale.

Feel: Smooth and creamy full body. Carbonation is in check. Finish is extremely dry, but slightly chalky.

Overall: Excellent Double Black Ale that packs a huge flavor punch, but is slightly too chalky and simplistically bitter on the finish. Minor quibbles aside, this along with their two initial flagship beers, proves that Indeed is definitely the best MN brewery to come along since Surly. Even more amazing, if they keep this up, they could equal or even surpass Surly.

Edit for 2013 bottling: Ramped it up from 8.1% to 11.5%. Good Gawd. This version does not have an overly bitter finish without a ton of hop flavor. This is dripping with citrus and tropical notes. Maybe a titch too crazy as the "Black" part of the beer is suppressed slightly. Regardless, both versions of this beer are excellent and I would still consider this a 4.5 overall.

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Haywire Double Black American Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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