Leaves A Mark
Black Hog Brewing Co.

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Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #943
Ranked #4,105
4.23 | pDev: 3.55%
Jan 10, 2023
Dec 08, 2016
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Solid black appearance.
Medium light carbonation,an above average body with a creamy full feel.
Aroma is boozy,wood, earthy, malt, coffee and dark fruit.
Taste is very mild bitterness outdone by a dry coffee bitterness. Has a strong boozy quality.
Overall a very interesting, flavorful intense beer that was worth trying.
Jan 10, 2023
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this beast of a beer up recently at Joe Canal’s in Woodbridge as I never saw nor had anything from this brewery before. Love my Stouts this time of the year and this was a winner as it was also a beast that was about as easy to drink, given it's heft!

Lots to love here from the get-go as this poured molasses brown with a massive, mocha head that easily filled up the remainder of my glass and stuck around for the duration. Lots of big bubbles to it with nearly just as much lacing left behind as it was quite layered and extensive. Bitter and baker's chocolate melded nicely with the booze in the nose, as there was a ton of banana, bourbon barrel, heat, and cacao in the taste. Silky, smooth, and subtly roasted, there was a lot to love here as this was a bit dry in the palate and plenty full at the same time. Sticky in the back, a hint of coffee creamer rounded this out although this was the farthest thing from a Breakfast Stout in every sense of the style.

Sure, this was strong and sure, this felt it but I didn't mind as everything melded together nicely since this improved as it warmed up. No date, nor anything else, was on the bottom of the can although the liquid was sediment free as this tasted fresh and bubbly enough to feel poured out of a tap. A bit of roasted malt and oatmeal rounded out the aftertaste as this left me wanting another pour - er, can; as this was quite the first impression from Black Hog!
Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
it's big, it's bad, people. yes, i must say, it leaves a mark! canned 11/16/20, consumed 12/26/20. thanks to my local monger for getting it to me in a hurry.
L: drinking from the can - very stylish.
S: coffee, dark chocolate. smells of barrel aging, even though it is not... so they say.
T: delivers on the nose. all that plus some hoppy bitternerss on the finish. would love to say abv is hidden but i don't think you can hide 11.5
F: creamy and smooth. and at this abv, i'm feeling just fine, thanks.
O: total winner as far as i'm concerned.
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Midnight oil pour... black as the heart of your ex with big foamy mocha-colored head. Great retention/lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... coffee, dark chocolate, and sugar.

T.F: Once again... rich with roasted grains, French roast, and cocoa. Lighter vanilla, brown sugar, and some herbal hops. Dark fruit sneaks through... and a great mix of sweet and roast/char. Super smooth and creamy. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Warming... and more complex as it comes up to room temp.

O: An excellent Imperial Stout. Super flavor and drinkability with the ABV to knock your socks off. Would love to try the barrel-aged versions.
Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep malty, sweet flavors mask the amount of alcohol in here.

Super dark brown color, beautiful head when poured.

A really great beer.

Would definitely buy again.

Update: And have definitely bought quantity again (it is a local brewery) - shame they don't really make any other stouts. This is an absolute favorite.
May 31, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The CANQuest (tm)'s backlog is getting to be like that pesky loose thread on a knit sweater. You know how it goes, pull on it & all of a sudden, everything unravels & you are left with a ball of yarn that used to be a sweater! I had a Black Hog Pilsner a little bit ago, then thought, "Hmm, I think that I've got a few more from Black Hog. Lemme see. What? I could have sworn that I already reviewed THAT one!". OMFG. Now, I've got an impromptu brewery horizontal on my hands! This will be my last one from them for the foreseeable future.

From the CAN: "Imperial Stout"; "Made in CT"; "You best 'cycle".

The thought of an AIS in a 16-fl oz CAN is mind-boggling, to say the least! The Crack! of the vent gave me a startling spritz across my fingertips & peering in, it was easy to see why. This was yet CANother brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tongue to go once engaged. 8=O I proceeded with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug to try and alleviate any ChANce of a spill and/or mess. It worked as planned, first with a pseudo-cascade & then forming a two-finger cap of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was jet-Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a deeply-roasted malty quality with notes of black coffee, Baker's chocolate & a slight smoky quality. CANother reviewer mentioned "soy sauce" & I CAN seCANd that. Odd. Mouthfeel was big, thick & full, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The taste was an odd mélange of flavors, especially with that umami/soy sauce idea having been planted in my mind. That was not the prevalent flavor, though - that belonged to the dark chocolatiness that paved the way for the smoke & coffee. It was different from others that I have had in the style & as we all know from years of reviews, I embrace different. Finish was dry, but it was not an amped up Dry Stout, either. It certainly was not sweet but the flavors defied easy categorization. YMMV.
Mar 29, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
16 oz can from jrc1093 poured into Empyrean Carpe Brew Em snifter.

Deep inky silky black with a beige head of 1 finger, receding to 1/2 finger.

Aromas of cocoa nibs and chocolate syrup, with roasted malt and slight soy sauce.

Flavor brings huge dark chocolate, lots of piney grassy bitterness, cola, cocoa nibs, slight yeast trub, tobacco, lots of burnt malt/ash, and some slight chocolate syrup sweetness. Finish brings with it more grass and slight caramel with hints of malted milk balls. It all sounds good but doesn't quite land for me as the grassy bitterness and trub get in the way.

Feel is creamy and smooth, pretty big as well. Has a moderate heat. Slightly drying yet slick finish.

Overall, it doesn't quite stick the landing for me, but it does have a lot of character.
Mar 28, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Jan 14, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey

Sep 08, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Jul 19, 2019
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Pitch black pour with a thick creamy caramel colored foam sticking on top and to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet dark chocolate, roasted cocoa, light char / smoke aroma.

T - Roasted cocoa, malt balls, some sweet chocolate, a small shot of vanilla, and ends with a moderate chocolate char bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy, and velvety texture and a very dry finish across the entire tongue.

O - The ABV is well hidden and it's packed full of roasted malt goodness.
Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by greengumby from North Carolina

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Feb 28, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A: dark jet black color with a little bit of shine. Head is non-existent but a tan film on the edges

S: roasted malts, milk chocolate, cola, a touch of sticky molasses. Some cocoa powered with a little creamy sweet baking chocolate as well. Finish is sweet baked chocolate

T: toasted malts and sweet chocolate. Sticky sweet molasses. A hint of cola and vanilla. Some faint oak and more luxurious chocolate and roasted malts

M: heavy, sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation

O: not the most complex stout I’ve ever had, however this is very well made. It’s smooth and well balanced. No alcohol in the flavor, which is surprising given the ABV. Excellent beer
Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a full revisit from early-2018

Canned on 12/4/18

Pours the darkest brown verging on jet black with a fluffy, neat finger and a half of dark beige foam; great head retention eventually reduces to a persistent, thick ring of foam around the surface and a healthy smattering of lacing with some excellent longevity of its own.

Aromas of burnt malt, malted milk balls layered with dark cacao powder, creamy vanilla beans, coffee, and hints of toasted oak; vague notes of anise and earthy hops fade and reappear sporadically throughout the bouquet. Simultaneously roasty and sweet, but always in harmony and interesting.

Taste brings gritty notes of cacao nibs into focus, bolstered by no shortage of malty roast, smoked toffee, that malted milk ball sweetness, and faint tones of tobacco; hints of plum skins and more toasted wood on the finish. Near-perfect balance of ashy roast and dark chocolate malt with hints of vanilla cream influence.

Mouthfeel holds an excellent, semi-thick medium body, silky trending toward creamy, dries so slightly on the finish, with a warming booziness and roasty malt char leaving it laden with character and weight.

Big, bold, and very warming, this is an intense treat (also considering this isn’t even barrel-aged) filled with deftly interwoven sweetness to compliment the pure, roasty malt character you’d expect from an imperial stout. This is a true sipper whose harmony balances its bold profile just enough, riding this fine line in spectacular fashion.
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From the 16 oz. can with no date that I see. Sampled on December 30, 2018.

Gorgeous deep dark brown to near jet black pour with a long lasting tan head that leaves lacing as it fades.

This is over 11% but I pick up no booze in the aroma. I do get some dark chocolate, roasted sweet and slightly burnt malts. earthy hops, and a creamy sensation.

The body is bold and full.

I think I do get a little alcohol in the taste along with the sweet roasted malts and chocolate and there is a moderate bitterness to finish it. I love Imperial Stouts and this one gets it done.
Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by ravisingh from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a quarter inch of head leaving behind a good amount of lacing. Very dark chocolatey color. The aroma is toasty with vanilla notes. The taste is very boozy for sure. But there's also the chocolate and roasty flavors you're looking for in a good stout. Nice beer.
Dec 16, 2018
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Reviewed by cavedave from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a thick looking darkest brown with a finger of thick tan foam that only grudgingly kicks back to a lasing cap. Nice, oily legs slither slowly down glass. Beauty of a stout.

A light/med. aroma featuring dry cocoa and chocolate malt balls with lightest coffee hints, even lighter roasty bitter.

Full side of med. strength taste, and it's all the flavors of the aroma, but in opposite intensity. Now coffee and roast are strong components of the taste. Very dark roast coffee, and all degrees of roasty bitter, with malted milk balls just able to balance things to a delicious barrage of goodness.

Med. for style in all respects, with a deep and bitter finish that is remarkably clean for how strongly it lingers.

Alcohol is dangerously well hidden in this baby, and as palate acclimates there is a creaminess to it. Really bright and flavorful stout that I am digging a lot, and I believe you will too. Highly recommended.
Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by Mjmoney23 from Connecticut

Jan 06, 2018
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Leaves a Mark - Black Hog
Imperial Stout - 11.5% abv
Purchased for $5.29 at Monde Market

L - 1-finger tan head atop a cola black body.

S - chocolate, anise, molasses, roast.

T - follows the nose. A lot of anise here. Low bitterness. Alcohol hardly detectable.

F - full body with minimal carb.

O - a perfect fit for a frigid, blizzardy day.
Jan 04, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by mpmcguire11 from Rhode Island

Dec 08, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by DMC43 from Connecticut

Nov 22, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Jun 18, 2017
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Reviewed by nuggetlover from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
from a can into my gandhibot snifter... no date?
pours an impenetrable dark black with a toffee head
I get roasty chocolatey notes in the nose
Tastes of more roasty chocolate, a little bit of booze on the finish.
The beer really shines here, I mean 11.5 wha??? Smooth and creamy going down.
A dangerously drinkable 11.5%er, really worth seeking out.
Mar 16, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Mar 15, 2017
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Acquired from marino13412 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses and some vanilla.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla and molasses. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows along with some background flavors of smoke and dark fruit. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big stout to drink for a while.
Mar 09, 2017
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Reviewed by lic217 from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pitch black, with a light brown head
Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts
Taste: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, light dark fruit alcohol finish with some Roasty character
Feel: low carbonation (good for style)
Overall: Really nice stout
Feb 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Jan 26, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by MikeM417 from Connecticut

Jan 21, 2017
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First, let me say I love the pounder can format and the label of a tattoo gun is pretty cool too. Not sure I would recommend the use of the shotgun puncture spot on the can of this big beer, but it made me chuckle when I noticed it on the label!
The beer pours a jet black with creamy tan head of 2 cm foaming up eve with a gentle pour. The head fades to a sturdy edge layer that clings and leaves tight lattice after each sip.
The aroma is deep roasted malt and rich sweet chocolate with a bit of brown sugar mixed in for good measure.
The first sip reveals a smooth textured creamy body with fine and tingly carbonation. Fairly thick body on this one beer still goes down easy, especially considering the 11.5%.
The flavor is roasted malt and dark chocolate with hits of ripe plum and molasses. The beer finishes with some booze and a little warming in my belly. I dont get any hops in this beer and the booze only shows up briefly after each swallow.
A very nice imperial stout at a great price point and serving format, definitely worth the purchase upon visiting the brewery.
Jan 02, 2017
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Rated by cosmicdebris from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very drinkable 11.5% Stout One of the best in CT
Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 4 by fosters9 from New York

Dec 16, 2016
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Rated by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dec 10, 2016
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