A Place to Gather and Talk
While the chocolate was muted, it provided a delightful dark chocolate-like chewiness. It’s as if they used a dark chocolate sauce to give it more mouthfeel, minus what would be an inappropriate “sauce” sense. I’ve had that before when judging. I swear one brewer use a straight sriracha sauce and carbonated it. Great score? No, not really.
The pomegranate is subtle, but stands out enough to take the deep dark maltiness for a gentle ride
Nose is roasted malt and hint of fruit. Not much hops in aroma or on the palate: not needed.
You would never know this is 9%. That takes talent.
Black as all hell. Tan head, pillow. Some rising legs in solution: hard to see, though it does pour like a Guinness with that brooding cloud of bubbles that finally consolidates into a big head.
It’s a dark, complex malty, fruity, party, and you’re invited. 3.9 BA, 3.7 Rate Beer.
Yes, to the left is Ken Carman. Obviously Ken is a mere cartoon character who reviews beer. A magical nymph turns the beer into something a cartoon character can drink.
The ghost pepper is hot and not that interesting: just hot. The RIP provides support… but not much. Way in the background. Dark malts obvious but really not much to the nose on this one.
Black, black and black. How much “appearance” is there really to this style? Good tan head that fades fast, tiny bubbles.
Taste, as mentioned, is heat dominant. It’s not overwhelmingly hot. But the balance is slightly off. The malt should strike the palate with more intensity. Almost London Brown-like. Tad sweet under the hot. Recommend calling it an Imperial London Brown, and backing off on the pepper a tad, while adding just a little flesh of the jalapeño for flavor, or other pepper.
Usually Rivertown is better than this.
BA score 3.5/60 @ Rate Beer
Having been in Nashville since 1978 both Millie and I wondered about Linus Hall locating his brewery: Yazoo Brewing, in the Marathon building. Now we can’t imagine a more historically appropriate location for innovative new businesses in Nashville…
I have been a fan of what they call orphan automobiles since I bought my first car when I was about 14: a 61 Studebaker Lark. Last year we acquired a 63 Studebaker Champ: one of the last trucks they made. I’ve also been a fan of what became craft beer since the early 70s. We started homebrewing when Jimmy Carter made it legal in 1979.
So when I found out the old Marathon Motor Works complex had a Corsair/Black Abbey collaboration event and Music City Brewers was having their Thirsty Thursday event there that night too, of course we had to go. My mind, always seeing connections between seemingly unrelated subjects, was intrigued.
Corsair’s and Black Abbey’s master brewers there: Karen Lassiter and Carl Meier. There were 7 very creative, innovative, one off brews on tap from both breweries. A grand night.
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