Friday, February 17, 2012

Peace Tree Brewing Company Black River Gumbo Ale

The Peace Tree Brewing Company is in Knoxville, Iowa.

This beer pours a very deep, dark black in color.  There is a short head of medium brown foam.  The aroma is an interesting combination of deep, dark, almost smokey malt, along with a fruity tart note.  The taste follows the aroma exactly, very dark roasted malt, coffee, a touch of smokiness, and then a tart and tangy fruitiness.  The finish is bitter and dry.  An interesting beer, very flavorful.
From the bottle:  This dark deliciousness is named after the gumbo dirt of the Des Moines River bottom which nourished our Peace Tree and is now used as the surface for Knoxville’s famous Sprint Car track. Instead of using traditional ale yeast required of a stout, a Belgian yeast was used to add complexity. This stout is brewed with high quality pale malt, three roasted malts and two caramel malts. The dark roasted caramel malts contribute to the chocolate and toffee characteristics. Three varieties of hops contribute to the bitterness and aromas of this beer.

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