Leaves A Mark | Black Hog Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
blackhogbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,197
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
25
pDev:
3.33%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 25
Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of jrc1093
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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 a BA variant) 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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of lic217
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Leaves A Mark from Black Hog Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 25 ratings