Holy Mackerel Mack in BlackSeptember 1, 2008 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gordash Brewing Co. Ft. Lauderdale, FL Available: FL, NC, PA This beer is a hybrid of an Imperial stout and a Belgian black ale, with an addition of pomegranate juice. Alcohol (vol.): 8 Alcohol (wt): 6.4 Color: black Bitterness: 24 Original gravity: 1073
A tan head with orange highlights floats over a black sea at dusk. Satisfying, the nose pays homage to malt, a lingering treat for the olfactory senses. Round and delicious flavors coat the mouth with tones of chocolate, coffee and fruit, the later supplied by the addition of pomegranate juice. Tasty hops counter the pomegranate sweetness making this a fine beer for a dinner of cold cucumber soup, crispy duck a la Rainier cherry, raw milk blue cheese and fresh stone fruit.
- Charles Finkel
Black like tar, wispy brown head swirls and dissipates. Aromatic cocoa, smoky and fruity notes orchestrate bold statements, along with complex undertones of fermentation process. Full bodied, initial flavor serves up a fruity assault, subsiding to cocoa and roast malt acidity. Complex, strong black ale lending itself to some great cheese pairings and perhaps a crab bisque. Send some oyster shooters my way and I’ll attack with Mack in Black.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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