BLACK RHINO is our third BREWERY OF THE MONTH BrewView for Adelbert’s Brewery. A double medal winner, Belgian-Style Black Ales are fairly new in the Belgian beer world, but have gained widespread popularity.
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION FROM ADELBERT’S BREWERY
Style category: Belgian-Style Black Ale
2013 CRAFT BEER AWARDS Gold Medal
Bronze Medal Belgian Strong Dark Ale from BEST OF CRAFT BEER Awards
THE ALE: Black Rhino is an earthy ale with hints of coffee and cocoa that pours as dark as the name we gave it. Don’t let the name fool you. This dark ale is surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. It pairs well with salty appetizers, bold musky cheeses, and wild game dishes.
THE STORY: Del loved photography, and his time in Kenya provided many opportunities for this passion. He would seek out and photograph amazing things on his adventures. We named this black ale in honor of the rare black rhino that Del would “hunt” during photo safaris in Kenya. This rare ale, like the black rhino, is truly a beautiful sight to behold.
OUR BREWVIEW OF ADELBERT’S BLACK RHINO
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
5.6% ABV. Poured into the Adelbert’s Brewery snifter-shaped glass, and served at 50°F. Pours a dark espresso color with a dark tan rim (when held up to a bright light.) It is bottle conditioned, and of course we poured the yeast sediment into the glass… The head easily poured a 2 finger height (we ensured this was a “Beer Clean” glass). The head color is tan, thick, small and large bubbles, and dense. As the head collapses, it leaves behind even sheeted Brussels lacing in the glass. After about 10 minutes, it still had a 1/4″ head. The meniscus is medium rising. There was a copious amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle- we (of course) poured it in the glass… and afterwards, the beer resembled a Starbucks Espresso Macchiato.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Immediately, you get aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee, and toffee notes. There are also hints of walnut, roasted chestnut. There is a faint hop aroma- this is more of a malt-forward beer- toasted, roasted malt aromas are dominant.
Very heavy in the espresso coffee, toffee, cocoa, dark baker’s chocolate departments. Nice dry roasted, (burnt toast) flavor. Walnuts and chestnuts mixed with a fruity background of plums and figs.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
The mouthfeel is medium, the entry fills the top and the back of the mouth and then coats the entire mouth with its dark baker’s chocolate, roasted chestnut, nutty finish- almost an espresso finish. The dryness lingers for a moderate amount of time.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Gruyère, Gouda, Aged Cheddar.
Barbeque, Blackened Fish, Smoked Duck.
Chocolate Espresso Cake, Cream Puffs, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.
ADELBERT’S BLACK RHINO is a very smooth, very easy-to-drink beer. It would make a great session beer for those who want a darker beer to enjoy with the roasted malt profile. Belgian Black Ales are somewhat of a newer style of beer in the Belgian beer realm, but nonetheless, this beer is a welcome addition to the style, and very well made! It’s one of those feel-good beers that you could share with first-timers to Belgian Black Ales, and serve it to them with confidence.
We developed a special collaboration with Adelbert’s brewery to obtain this great beer… they have been a first-rate company to work with. In our area, our local Liquor Barn in Redding, California is where you can get BLACK RHINO. Yet another winner from August 2014’s BREWERY OF THE MONTH! Another terrific value for the price. Seek this one out… if your local beer shop doesn’t have it, ask them to get it, and all of Adelbert’s Brewery beers!