March 27, 2008

Black Dog Ale.

Shadoglare of Refractional Darkness sponsors this week’s review. Thank you sir for being an enabler! He donated a bottle of Black Dog Ale by the Spanish Peaks Brewing Company.

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We have our standard 12 oz brown bottle. The label has a picture of “Chug” the owners black lab on the label with the name of the beer around it. In the background is a picture of a mountain range. The neck label has a brief story about the brewery and the beer itself on it.

It has a dark brown color, kind of like an old penny. Light passes through it easily; I didn’t see any cloudiness at all. It is dark enough that you can’t see through it clearly. When I poured it there was no real head. It formed a thin tan head that faded quickly to a crown around the glass. There was no lacing at all.

The scent was of roasted caramel malts and citrus hops. It has a nice and enticing aroma, not overwhelming at all. The taste starts out with a strong hop flavor. There are some malts that follow, but nothing specific. For the hop flavor, it’s not very bitter at all. The aftertaste is mild.

This is a medium bodied beer. It is a little heavy on the carbonation.

Overall I liked this beer. It’s not all that special, but it’s not bad. It really is something that one could drink and enjoy. I give it 5.5 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at March 27, 2008 06:15 PM | TrackBack

That picture reminds me of a friend who tried to brew his own beer once. He asked me, being the one in the bunch who piddled about with Photoshop, to design and print some labels for him. He provided the picture... of the neighbor's dog taking an heroic dump on the lawn.
The beer, btw, tasted pretty much true to the label.

Posted by: LeeAnn at March 28, 2008 06:06 PM

I have spent many many evenings at the Spanish Peaks Brewery in Bozeman, MT. You should try the stout! Yummy!!!

Posted by: Richmond at March 28, 2008 06:20 PM

Uh...never had this beer before, and the one I just opened has flecks of junk in it. I'm no novice beer drinker and am perfectly fine with a cloudy beer (usually wheat beers) but this is a little disturbing. Smells good, tastes good, but am I going to keel over or go blind?

Posted by: Balto at March 29, 2008 01:38 PM

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Posted by: og at March 31, 2008 09:38 AM