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Monday, October 10, 2011

Black Eye Black and Tan Ale

Black Eye Ale is a blended beer in the spirit of a Black & Tan by the Mendocino Brewing Company. It's a blend of their Eye of the Hawk Select and Black Hawk Stout.

Black and Tans were former soldiers brought into Ireland by the government in London after 1918 to assist the Royal Irish Constabulary (They fought the Irish) in their work. They were Irish traitors!

Oh wait,we'r talking about beers - Black and Tans are a mix of a light ale or lager and a stout. The reason I mention the traitors, is because it would be a HUGE mistake to use the term Black and Tan in Ireland. The term "half and half" is used. While black and tans are more often served separate, the stout on top of the ale, but they can also be served blended like Black Eye.

I bought this Nugget Market in Davis for $4.99 for a 22oz bottle. It has an ABV of 8%.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan, fizzy head that leaves little lacings. The aroma has assertive piney hops, with some notes of the sweet stout malts. The taste is the piney hops with a mix of roasted malts. The mouthfeel is a little watery with medium high carbonation.

Overall, I did not like this. The flavor was muddled and lacking. The mouthfeel was too watery. I don't think I got an old or out-of-date bottle, but I hope so. This should be a better beer than this. Eye of the Hawk, on its own, is really good, with a nice balance of malt and hops. But this just doesn't work. I suggest you Skip It.

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