"Black Is Beautiful" Beer Review: Whiskey Hill

"Black Is Beautiful" Beer Review: Whiskey Hill

This my eighth review in the Black Is Beautiful collaboration series! I’ve been going through local releases in this series of over 1,200 brewers worldwide, intended to raise funds and awareness for Black causes and social justice.

I’ve let a few of these back up because I’ve dashes around to pick up more local releases and record the video as soon as I could. But at the moment, I’m taking medication for an inflamed leg muscle, so am laying off the alcohol for a few days. Which gives me a chance to catch up.

Whiskey Hill Brewing is the third name to use the space of 63rd Street in Westmont. It was started in 2013 as Urban Legend. A few years later, a trademark issue required them the change their name to Myths and Legends. Then in 2018, a new owner changed the name to Whiskey Hill, a tip of the hat to Westmont’s reputation as a speakeasy town during Prohibition.


So; their take on the Black Is Beautiful collab is a 10.5% abv brew that was aged on 100 pounds of roasted hazelnuts. They also added more flaked oats, and increased to boil time to make a thicker brew. I got the beer in their 16 oz. cans.

Indeed, a very thick pour. The beer is black, with a thin and dark brown bit of foam around the rim. Smell has some coffee roast, and some nuttiness to it, but the actual nose is not very strong. The taste is as thick as the pour suggests. I got some burnt coffee on the palate, presumably from the malt roast. Oatmeal has helped smooth down any roughness. The nuttiness is there, but thankfully not overdone like a Mrs. Field’s flavored coffee. The beer leaves a very leggy coating around the glass. Just a nice compliment to the rest of the beer.

Like many of the local releases, this version of Black is Beautiful is earmarking proceeds to My Block * My Hood • My City, a local organization providing underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood. “We take students on explorations focused on STEM, Arts & Culture, Citizenry & Volunteerism, Health, Community Development, Culinary Arts, and Entrepreneurism.”

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