Howdy beer friends!
This past weekend we asked what local beers you’ve had that stood out and you all responded with so many great suggestions we decided to try as many as we could. Second beer on deck, a great one from Blackhorse Brewery.
Blackhorse Brewery holds a special place in this beer snobs heart as this is a great place for not only beer but food too. The Mrs and I take the kiddos here with some frequency. Not only do our kids dig the food but Blackhorse does a great job of working with the littlest one’s food allergies, which we appreciate. When Blackhorse Batch 160 was suggested as a local beer that stood out, a family dinner was in order.
Let’s get to the beer. This is a black IPA that pours dark brown with a great, full, tan head. On the nose I find a spicy, earthy hop aroma with a gentle malt sweetness which was a distinct chocolate character. On the tongue the malt sweetness continues with the hop spice notes taking center stage. At 10% ABV and 67 IBUs this is a very drinkable IPA. The alcohol notes aren’t as detectable in the aroma as they are in the back of the throat and chest. The body is moderately full and there is also a very subtle bitterness at the end of this beer.
Final snobs: This is a wonderful beer. While many may expect a more profound hop presence, this is a very well done, drinkable black IPA that will be of interest to both hop heads and dark beer fans. I’ll be ordering it again.