Thursday, September 1, 2011
Ellicottville Black Hops
On my way to Buffalo, I stopped in to Ellicottville Brewing Company and the first beer I ordered with lunch was the Black Hops. The beer pours a dark brown color with a frothy off-white colored head. The aroma consists of coffee, toasted malts, light chocolate, pine, lemon, and pepper. The taste is dry and bitter with a solid chocolate malt profile, dry roasted malts, coffee, oak, pine, and pepper. Light lemon flavor comes out in the finish. The alcohol content is 6.0% ABV. The Black Hops was an excellent dry and bitter beer with a hop balance that counteracts the toasted malt and chocolate base.