The Black Dahlia

California
United States
Barley Forge Beer The Black Dahlia
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The Black Dahlia is our Belgian Strong Dark ale. This beer is brewed as an homage to the great Trappist holiday beers from Belgium. Brewed with Belgian Pils, Munich malt, a host of Belgian specialty grains, and a generous portion of dark Belgian candi sugar, this 11% ABV beer is a great one to age as it will continue to improve for years. This beer pairs well with braised beef dishes, steak, and dark chocolate desserts.

Profile

ABV: 
11.0%
IBUs: 
27
Hops: 
Perle, Styrian Goldings
Malts: 
Belgian Pilsner, Munich, Munich 60, Aromatic, Special B, White Wheat
Judges Review 
Susan Ruud's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer has a wonderful aroma of spicy Belgian phenolics with light toasty malt blended in along with some pleasant raisin-like esters. There is no discernible hop aroma. The flavor matches the aroma well, although the alcohol jumps out and is quite warming. There are no hop flavors and the hop bitterness is just there to balance the malt and keep it from being too cloying. This is definitely a sipper for a cold winter evening by the fire.