Mad River Serious Madness Black Ale

Mad River Serious Madness Black Ale

Rated 3.330 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Mad River Brewing Company

Blue Lake, CA, United States

Style:  American Black Ale

8.6% Alcohol by Volume

75 International Bittering Units

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Part of our limited release high gravity series celebrating our twentieth anniversary (1989 to 2009) Serious Madness Black Ale (An American Strong Ale) is a high gravity black beer built on a foundation of our house Two-Row Pale Malt augmented with North American Specialty Malts & German Carafa, fermented with our signature ale yeast. This black ale is bittered with Magnum hops, flavor and aromatics are enhanced by Hallertau and Tettnanger with Willamette hops utilized for added aroma in the hop back. This beer is inky black with amber edges, light bodied, silky smooth, complex and delicious... Not for the meek and timid this beer ferments out at a gratifying 8.6% ABV and 74.7 IBU’s. Best served at 45 degrees in a snifter.

ID: 35410 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank8576
Overall Percentile84
Style Rank113 of 342
Style Percentile67
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.471
Weighted Score3.330
Standard Deviation0.489

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  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Jet blackness in color. Bif tan frothy head rises above. There's excellant hang time on this one. Settles eventually into thick ringlet and splotches of film. The nose is a singular dimension of roasted malt. More complex in the tasting is a nice dance of roasted malt and earthy hops. Thick bodied and creamy. It is what I enjoy.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a thick creamy tan head that foes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

    The aroma is subdued - roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruits.

    The flavor is a lot of roast - some chocolate and coffee, with a big acidic bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

    Overall, it's an OK, very roasty black ale.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I never had any beef with Mad River. Actually only sampled a few times....so when I saw this on clearance for $1 figured it was a "no lose" proposition....especialy for 8.6%. It probably is a little past the best buy date. Tastes decent though. Good malty flavors with some bitterness at the end. The balance isn't the greatest...good enough though to get an 8 rating on flavor. Not as thick as a stout or porter. I've been getting into black ales lately, and this is one that I would try again.

  • BRADPEAR 272 reviews
    rated 2.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 3

    Bought two 4 packs around New Year up in Oregon. I like the brewery, and had some high hopes. Looked fine, smelled right,went down hill on the mouth feel. Black, nasty, and loaded for a bad next day. All who drank this black barf said never again. I agree.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Dark brown body with a creamy tan cap. Aroma is roasted malts, black walnuts, and creamed coffee. Light coffee/cocoa on the palate with a earthy hop finish. Dark fruits and some Red Ropes come out as well. Hops defnitely takes a back seat to the malts and alcohol.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    leaves an impression like an imperial black lager. pours lighter than a stout, like a black ale should. aroma is lots of roasted malt and hops. feel is medium-full...fuller than i thought it would be, but a little too much carbonation. goes down warm. the flavor is pretty stinkin good. loads of roasted choclate malt, coffee, hops...dry bittersweet finish. nice beer.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Tasted during the Nor Cal Beer Geek Tasting on 3/11/2009. This ASA pours a deep black color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and some hops. A medium bodied Strong Ale. The malts are roasty and dark. The hops are spicy and floral. Nice carbonation. Nice chocolate flavors. It reminds me of a schwartzbier on steroids. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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