Identity Crisis | MadTree Brewing

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Identity CrisisIdentity Crisis

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MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not a ray of light penetrates the soul of this beer. Combining the roasted malt backbone of a Porter with a huge amount of earthy and citrusy hops typical in many IPA's, this unique ale will leave you questioning it's identity and maybe yours.

Added by brentk56 on 08-16-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 108
Photo of ManapuaMan
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler filled 4 days ago. Great looking beer - black with a soft fluffy khaki head that lingers. Nice mellow aroma of roasted malt, light roast coffee, chocolate chips and bitter hops. Taste is bitter chocolate, light coffee, hop resin, toast and nuts. Super smooth - just outstanding the way it drinks easily and leaves a light creamy feel behind. Great finish, real easy drinker. Sweet spot between styles.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted, smoke, toasted, and old ale aroma.

Taste: Smoke turns to ash, chocolate, roasted, toasted, old ale, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, medium carbonation, and ashy bitterness.

Overall: Nice porter and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Smk54
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip glass. Almost black with huge toffee head that dissipated to heavy lacing. Strong coffee and cocoa notes. Extremely smooth in the mouth. Early malt, then black coffee, then some cocoa bitterness that did not linger too long. A solid porter that leans toward bitter.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is deep brown/black with not much head and some nice lacing.

Nose is alcohol forward with toasted oats and dark chocolate, biscotti and bright hops below.

Taste is rich, layered, hop-forward with a charred flavor, cigar smoke, very dark chocolate, raspberry finish.

Mouthfeel is meaty but drinkable, medium carbonation with a light finish.

Overall, this is a cool beer with a fun play on smokiness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're curious of where the line lives that separates "black" IPA and American porter resides, then look no further. Not only does the Mad Tree brewers devise a taste that's smack-dab between the styles, it rides the line, prances on the line and basically does summersaults on it.

The beer's dark austere is a hair of a shade dimmer than absolute black and its froth is a dense meringue of mocha-whipped foam. Char and citrus mingle in the nose, carrying a toasted scent of burnt pine and cocoa. But to taste, its all about the malt that claims the early impressions with its taste of toffee, burnt cream, brown sugar and chocolate- all suggestive of roasted marshmallow.

But that's before the drying trends of malt and the bitterness of hops steak their territory on the middle palate. Pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, pineapple, mango and passionfruit share an exotic hop medley with a juicy center. With the sweetness falling out, the char intensifies and couples with the resinous, dank, earthy bitterness from hops for a tandem of taste that's greater than the sum of its parts.

Finishing medium-bodied, creamy and surprisingly dry; the beer's waning taste is bitter with the taste of burnt citrus peel, seared pinecone, prairie fire and charred cocoa. An aftertaste of those marshmallows come charging back in aftertaste and is the only proof that the beer tries to be an Americanized porter rather than a black IPA.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried when they first opened, but didn't review. Aroma is resiny and dank cannabis, with sharp citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Chocolate malt is subtle.

Flavor reveals citrus throughout, first tart, then pithy. Resin kicks in mid palate and carries into a grassy, moderately bitter finish. Roast malt rounds out the finish.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler
Served in a MadTree glass

A - It is very dark with no light coming through. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - The first thing I notice is some healthy floral hops. The roasted, chocolaty malt comes through as well.

T - The taste is a perfect marriage of hops and malt. The rich roasted malt brings some coffee and chocolate flavors. The hops add some citrus and bitterness to balance this beer. You could almost call it a black IPA.

M - Full

O - This is a great hoppy porter. It combines all the good things hops and roasted malt have to offer.

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Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pour is very dark with a tan head.
S - The smell is toasty with chocolate and hops.
T - A very nice balance of hops and malts.
M - Medium body
O - This beer doesn't know if it wants to be malty or hoppy and that is not a bad thing.

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Photo of davemathews68
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Review is based on my last experience of this beer poured into a glass at the MadTree taproom.

A- Brown-black with brown highlights. Frothy, khaki colored head that lingers for a bit leaving some decent lacing.

S- Glorious hop aromas, herbal, dank, toasted slightly burnt dark malts. The combination is of a spent bong, but in only the good ways!

T- The taste follows the nose, dank hops and heavy toasted malt. The combination makes it very interesting on the pallet. Both the malt and the hops are heavy noticeable but keep each other in check.

M- A good porter mouth feel. Nice carbonation for the style.

O- I have also had it several times before at MadTree and from a growler. I seem to like more each time I try it. Hoppy porter, black IPA? I am not sure, but it’s good!

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Photo of schwemjw
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark but allows a tinge of reddist light through the sides. A lightly tanned head sits atop.

S: Big roast coats your nostrils followed up by dark bitter coffee. Milk chocolate with a real earthy hop coming through on the end.

T: Exactly as it smells, an assault of bitter bold coffee, hints of sour roasted coffee beans, and a little espresso. All of a sudden an earthy hop takes hold of your tongue. Dry pine and bitter dark espresso finish this off. an aftertaste reminiscent of smoke.

M: Very light and sessionable. The finish is dry and quick.

O: I really enjoyed drinking this. Went down very very easily. I liked how the hop played with the roasted characteristics i just wish i had more of that sour green coffee bean that it hinted at. /89

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color capped by a tan head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Roasty malts, black bread and earthy hops

Taste: Roasty malt and black bread, up front; in the middle, the earthy hops are joined by a hint of citrus; the finish is bitter, with pith and coffee tones; given the malty flavors in the front end, the back end is surprisingly attenuated

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though I was surprised in the finish (and would have preferred more malt flavor), the beer is nicely balanced and enjoyable to drink

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Identity Crisis from MadTree Brewing
4.01 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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