Black Diamond Fracas Red | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Black Diamond Fracas RedBlack Diamond Fracas Red

Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GRG1313 on 12-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another imperial red - this one from a brewery whose hoppy beers have been balanced in the past. I'm intrigued. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 8% ABV confirmed. No visible best before date.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Body colour is a very dark amber red. Non-opaque. Semitransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is okay. Looks a bit dark for the style.

Sm: Floral and nectary hops. Raisin fruit. Caramel. Clean pale and light amber malts. No real hop bitterness is detectable. I don't get any yeast or alcohol either. Understated but pleasant. An average strength aroma.

T: Quite floral and nectary up until the light hop bite on the climax, which sort of tanks the balance. It's caramel-laden and somewhat creamy up front. Raisin throughout, coming through most on the climax and through the finish - though the resultant aftertaste is inappropriate to the style and is not balanced against the notes of the early acts. Hop character is surprisingly restrained for the style. Some grapefruit, especially in the third act. Maybe some plum; certainly some out-of-place dark fruit. Some odd choices were made here for an imperial red - particularly the raisin, which feels lifted straight out of a Unibroue beer. It doesn't belong here but I like the experimentation and frankly it works to a degree. A failed experiment and unique attempt in the style. I applaud the limit-testing, and I do like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but quite overcarbonated. Adequately thick on the palate. Should be creamier. Presence on the palate is ill-suited to the flavour profile.

Dr: I'm not a huge fan of the beer, but it hides its ABV well and I'll be able to finish it with relative ease. I wouldn't get this again, but it's an interesting take on an imperial red. Still, fans of the style will likely be disappointed. I expected more from the brewery, but I'm glad they're experimenting. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


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Photo of kindbeer
3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy amber to red color with a decent half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the glass in a messy sort of way. The smell had a decent boozy strong caramel/sugary sort of sweetness with a glossed over sort of weird melon thing going on. The taste was exactly the same. On the palate, this one came across fairly sticky straight up coating of my tongue. It sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but constrained to an extent. Overall, this was a decent American Strong Ale I think I could have again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a red orange amber color with a superior long-lasting foam. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and nice. Flowers

I don't know. this is just strange. Where does the enormous grapefruit flavor come from? Not so much the bitter peel, but something like canned grapefruit. Brewer says the array of hops include Apollo for bittering, plus Chinook, variety "342", Zythos, and more. They don't mention the yeast, but include brown sugar and turbinado. It just tastes like the malt syrup homebrew I used to make, when I'd jack up the alcohol with a pound of brown sugar. Eventually the medicinal bitterness creeps up. Peaches and quinine.

I still have trouble with the fruit punch, sweet 'n' sour flavor followed by the bitterness. It's just so attractive and pleasantly sudsy. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber/shade of ruby with a frothy head into my glass. Is this an imperial red ale? The ABV would suggest it.

Them are some strong hops with a dominant whiff of pine. There's even a nice sweet touch underneath all that.

Hops take on a sweet, barleywine-like character here. I swear that if you were to leave this a few more months, it could qualify as an american strong ale or barleywine.

Holy fracas! Sweet with just enough remaining pine tar to coat the back of the mouth!

It's worth a try at the very least. However, I always thought that "hoppy" reds were more like american strong ales.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this brewery is new to me, and I hope they have better offerings than this. It has a cool label and it opens to a nice red foamy glass with some suspension and it looks like long lasting bubbling. That's the high point. Reds usually look great, so this is not unexpected.

The aroma is a slightly funky hoppy thing. The taste follows suit. It has a pretty big malt/big beer taste going on too. The aftertaste is funky too. Bitter, and dry. None of this is in any way bad, it is a beer you should try, but it leads me to check for a date to see if Save-on sold me something too old.

... and the conclusion is - there is no date on the thing anywhere that I could see. I will not seek this out again.

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Photo of c_bellingham
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a little bit too strong of roasted nuts taste, but after a few more sips it took on a mild fruity taste. Eventually it became somewhat bitter, but still drinkable.
The smell however came off quite fragrant and reminded of being near a campfire.
The color was a dark amber in the middle while giving way to golden-red at the edges.

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Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a discontinued bomber at Sprouts in mid-January for $5.89. No freshness date.

Beer poured amber with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is malty with hints of citrus.

Taste is a bit uneven, caramel malts, pine and citrus greet the palate in a fashion that does not blend very well. This could be a freshness issue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this recipe has some potential if fresh. I am always a sucker for a double red but unfortunately this one dissapoints a bit.

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Photo of Burnerdale
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured one finger of head on a hazy, rust red colored body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt and dry grain. Up front and nice.
The taste is moderate bitter mixed with moderate sweet. Some grapefruit and big malt. The sweetness comes back though... a bit too much.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
A big, bold ale. I thought it was too sweet though.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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