Silk Scorpion | Karben4 Brewing

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4.05/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
karben4.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Filled with equal parts of intense dusky citrus hops and dark malt flavors, this seasonal is seductively smooth, silky, and graceful, yet packs a hop punch for the hop-heads. The hops induce thoughts of grapefruit, blood orange, apricot, and tangerine as they intermingle with black, chocolate, and roasted varieties of barley smoothed out with a dash of oatmeal.

Added by pschul4 on 02-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,976
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
99
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: smooth, toasted hops and dark malts give it a dry and balanced finish for the most part. Same with the nose. Black, semi, clear, delicate head and a refined lattice of lace. Medium body. Easy to drink Black IPA.

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Photo of TomH57
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I got two 4-packs (of 12 oz bottles) of this from a Woodman's in eastern Madison, WI for $4.99 each. I suspect either a pricing error or a desire to get it off the shelves.
Anyways, I poured some of Karben4's Silk Scorpion from a 12 oz bottle into my sampling glass. This beer is jet black with a khaki head that lingered (with slight lacing on the sampling glass). The smell can be best described as hops, hops, and more hops. I could not accurately judge the weight of the body due to the high amounts of hops and malts. The hops hit the taste buds first with their usual bitterness, then the malts left a nice roasted finish.
Overall, the high amounts of hops and malts made for a VERY invigorating and bold-tasting beer. If you ever watched the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and saw Roger's reaction to alcohol...that's partially how I felt, but in a POSITIVE way. If you are tasting any other beers after this, you better make sure to thoroughly cleanse your palate, because it definitely leaves an aftertaste.

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Photo of Benish
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TAisaBAlla
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmygord
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polopaul20
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twb0392
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markcp
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RichardARoss
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Peepskp
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malts, pine, citrus notes, and some cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with pine and roast. Well done.

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Photo of Angerhaus
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jzlyo
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is the expected pine and dark malts, along with spices and spruce. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, spruce, dark malts and a mix of acidity and slight bitterness/heat in the finish.

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Photo of Faroveryonder
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HippieDave56
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lesingnon
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours very dark, almost completely black. There are just a few hints of ruby and/or brown that can be seen around the edges of the glass. Very little carbonation, maybe half a finger's worth, and little to no lacing.

Smell: Has a deep, roasted scent, with underlying notes of citrus from the hops.

Taste: Similar to the smell, it opens with a deep roasted flavor. Hard to narrow a description of it past roasted, as neither coffee nor chocolate notes seem overly prevalent. After the roast starts to fade you get the bright, citrus notes from the hops; which themselves fade into a mild hop bitterness. A clear and consistent progression of flavors overall, each one blending well into the next.

Mouthfeel: Just...wow. It almost seemed to sneak up on me, every time. It didn't particularly jump out at me at first, but after I swallowed every time I was just left marveling at how easily it went down. I've never had another beer that was so smooth to drink, having silk in the name is certainly fitting.

Overall: I definitely feel it tends towards the roasted end of Black IPAs, with the hop presence balancing it out beautifully. There's enough of them to let you enjoy the citrus flavors, but not so much that you feel like you're being walloped with them. Definitely a great beer, especially for those who aren't used to the real intense hop bombs.

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Photo of slavall
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qcbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschinelli
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Silk Scorpion from Karben4 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 99 ratings