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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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Contrasting dark and light notes didn't mesh well on my palate...

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Haywire Double Black American Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 131 ratings