Asheville, North Carolina — Green Man Brewery is heating things up for Valentine’s Day this year, with the release of their spicy, chocolatey Imperial Black Ale on February 12th. This high gravity beer is brewed with specialty roasted malts and a Mexican brown sugar called Panela. It is then aged on cocoa nibs from Asheville’s French Broad Chocolate, cinnamon, ancho, guajillo, and smoked morita chilis.
This limited release is back by popular demand for its second year. On ratebeer.com La Mas Negra holds an overall score of 99, and it boasts a world-class 97 from Jason Alström of Beer Advocate.
“It’s a hefty brew with some warmth from the chili peppers and the alcohol, which makes for an interesting dynamic,” says Jason. “The real draw here though, sip after sip, is the impeccable balance. By far the most interesting beer I’ve tried this year.”
Inky black with intense roast and coffee aromas, the flavor blend is an artful combination of cocoa and fruity chilis with just a hint of burn. At 8.9 %, the warming quality of La Mas Negra provides a rich and satisfying palate that complements the distinct notes of chocolate and spice.
La Mas Negra is a small batch offering that will be available in 750 mL bottles and on draft at the tasting room. Bottles can be purchased at the brewery and select retailers throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
About Green Man Brewery:
The legendary Green Man has existed for centuries but it’s no myth that he’s been brewing great beer in Asheville since 1997. Green Man has been producing some of the beer scene’s most iconic ales for 18 years. The English style flagships are consistently recognized for quality, and the specialty and barrel-aged offerings are highly sought after. Green Man is currently undergoing a 25,000 square foot expansion next to the current facility on Buxton Avenue in downtown Asheville. For information and tours, visit: greenmanbrewery.com