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Round Guys Brewing Company
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American Black Ale
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Reviews by jaasen64:
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz bottle thanks to stmgl01. Poured into Founders snifter. On label says Batch #3 October 29, 2012 (I'm guessing that's a best buy date). 6 different types of hops used- says they change the hop flavor + aroma with the seasons.
A- Pours a dark black with a big fluffy 3-finger mocha brown head that has nice retention and leaves fairly thick foamy lacing. Decent carbonation of steadily rising bubbles.
S- Floral hops mixed with some chocolate and light espresso. A little bit above average aroma strength. Don't really care for how the floral mixes with the chocolate in this, as it has an off-putting plastic smell.
T- Floral hops mixed with a little bit of citrus bitterness mixed with roasted malts and some light baker's chocolate. A slight plastic aftertaste. A little bit better then the smell, but still the hops and chocolate malts are not mixing well at all.
M- A little bit on the thin side, over-carbonated, okay drinking wise, abv decently well hidden.
O- I don't really know much about this brewery, but this beer definitely has some work that needs to be done. I'll admit that I've been spoiled with black IPAs lately, but this is by far my least favorite one. There was just something very off-putting about the aroma and taste. I felt like the hops and the malts clashed and did not go very well together and there was an odd off-putting slightly plastic presence to it. I will not be having this one again, the last half of the glass was a drain pour.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2012 00:44:40 |
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This beer poured out as a decent deep brown color with a light brown head on top that settled rapidly. The smell of the beer was decent, not as much hop aroma as I hoped for. There was some just not quite enough. The main aroma was focused on the dark malts which give off a stout-like quality. The taste of the beer was malty, roasted with the spark of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and finishes dry. Overall this beer is decent but could use some work in my opinion. It's still worth trying though.
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12 oz bottle, stick on label indicates Batch #3, 10/29/12. So less than a week since bottled.
when I pop the cap, it was a gusher. 4 inches of expanding head overflows the glass. not quite black in color, tan head. smell is a strong lemon hop flavor. taste is slightly roasty and strong earthy and citrus hops. lemon again. medium thickness, lower carbonation after the foam dies down.
overall - aside from the over carbonation, it's decent, but nothing special.
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Medium body, smooth carbonation, somewhat creamy feel. No complaints here. I'm not a huge fan (anymore) of this hybrid style, but I can still get into it on occasion, and really wanted to like this one. In the end, however, I didn't feel it was one of this brewer's best nor a standout in terms of the black IPA style. Decent, not exceptional, to my tastes.
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