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Clancy's Black Beer (Local Series #16) | Ska Brewing Co.

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Clancy's Black Beer (Local Series #16)Clancy's Black Beer (Local Series #16)

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LittleDon on 08-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by nppeders:
Photo of nppeders
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pop the top and it has a huge pop....ah oh. Pours extremely over carbonated. Needed to pour slowely into two different glasses and then combine once settled.

appearance is dark brown to black.

smell is of dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee, and citrus hops. Very pleasant and sharp.

taste - raisin, roasted malts, dryness from the dark malts. Not much complexity, and rather light tasting.

mouthfeel. Little bit on the light side. Was very overcarbonated initially, but great how I'm drinking it now which is on the low end of carbonation. took some effort though. Not sure if this was bottle conditioned or what and it didn't ferment out completely.

overall - nice sipper. light, refreshing, nothing offensive other then the carbonation. nothing jumping out at me either that wows me. very nice balanced beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours brown-black with a smallish frothy off-white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy chocolate malts with some roasty bitterness.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate malts with a roasty medium bitter finish with a little smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, it's a bit simple but a nice drinkable schwarzbier.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ska Local Series #16 - Brown with an off white head; decent looking.

Cherry chocolate/coffee nose-very pleasant and appealing.

Nice creamy rich mouthfeel. Invites drinking.

Rich coffee/black chocolate flavors; rich roasted grain, fresh coffee, black bitter chocolate. Really well balanced with appealing flavors and very drinkable. Rich roasted grain/espresso bitter finish.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized khaki head. Deep dark brown with good clarity. Smell is dominantly roasted malt and a light smoking. Taste has some slight acidic malt flavors up front, dull chocolate and more roasted malt on the back of the palate. Finishes with bitter malt and a tinge of smoke. Moderate carbonation, thin mouthfeel, easy drinking and fairly average.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice, with a glint of ruby in the darkness. Leaves nice rings of carbonation around the glass.

On the raw side with lots of burnt grain taste. I don't detect much caramel or redeeming malty richness. A range of roasted malt flavors finally arrive with the hops. Bitterness goes with the black malt and is not excessive. Long aftertaste of charcoal but pleasant. Better as it warms.

A good gulp and thirst quencher. Not much for sipping but a good alternative to the usual stouts and porters.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for bring this back from Durango for me. Bomber with a best by date of 8/12/11 into a SA sensory glass. Pours a dark brown color with nearly 3 fingers worth of tan head that fades back to a cratered surface. As it recedes, it leaves patches of lace about the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays some decent clarity that is lighter brown with reddish hues through the body.

This brew smells like a mixture of chocolate malt and citrus hops which are somewhat herbal that impart a lightly mineral filled quality. Some fruity suggestions are evident smelling somewhat raisin-like in the back of the nose. As this brew warms, it picks up some scent of caramel-like sweetness.

The taste of this brew upfront is a combination of citrus hops and a roasted grain flavor tasting somewhat chocolaty. There is a bit of tangy sweetness in this brew along with a mild estery flavor of alcohol that blends into a moderate bitterness of dry roasted grain in the finish that is crisp. The combination of roasted grain and hops imparts a lightly herbal and mineral quality about this brew. As this brew warms it picks up some light residual sweetness tasting of a mixture of caramel or molasses. All the while, hops are there to keep the sweetness in check.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It is a good balance of flavors and a pretty accurate representation of the style. This is one of the better Schwarzbier offerings that I have had in recent memory.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Massive flowing straw colored foamy head. Lingers.

Chalky, biscuity, milky, crisp.

Thin, as it should be. Milky, silky, smooth, tons of caramel and light coffee. High carbonation, next to zero bitterness, chalky, bready, good.

A very relaxed and crisp brew. Nicely refreshing and relaxed. Recommended, especially for being a Germain style.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber picked up at Star Liquors in Durango. Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown/black and clear. Thick head with good retention and lace. Faint roasted malt aroma with spicy/earthy hops. Light carbonation. Lager like in front and middle with a bit of roasted malt on the back end. Mild dark roast coffee aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, a bit heavy for the style.

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Clancy's Black Beer (Local Series #16) from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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