Darkest Night - Cambridge Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -1%
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, reddish-brown in color
Smell: gingerbread and cinnamon
Taste: gingerbread, cinnamon, toasted malt, and light hops at the end
Mouthfeel: sweet start slightly bitter finish, light bodied, moderate carbonation
Drinkability: This is an excellent winter warmer that is not overly spicy. It tastes like a good cookie. I could have three or four in the cooler months.
01-23-2010 19:39:23 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev -1%
On tap @ CBC 1/2/2009. Not 100% sure that Winter Warmer is proper style but added info per CBC website. Could've sworn this beer was previously in the database...
Fruitcake-colored with full-finger brown sugar head that sticks for just a little while - minimal carbonation and lacing.
Sheeeit...smells like a fruitcake, too! Lots of ginger, cinnamon and a little clove. Slight sweet alcohol and molasses. Nice lightly-toasted caramel maltiness.
Now said malt becomes more dominant with a fair amount of hop pine and perhaps some rustic oak. Spice is still prevalent but evens out on taste profile to allow the traditional "beer" ingredients to approach the forefront.
Mouth has a certain tightness from the malt char and raw dry cinnamon spice. Still, this is nice and even-keeled on the finish.
This is good but it has some heft - it's a marathon, not a sprint...goes down slowly and enjoyably.
01-06-2009 12:02:04 | More by IBUnit63
4/5 rDev -1%
The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid crystal malt sweetness with some bisquit and roasted malt aroma. The cedar adds a nice level of complexity and really brings the other aromas together. The taste is good. It has a quaffable sweetness that boasts of crystal malts. The cedar compliments the sweetness and adds a layer of dryness to an already smooth roasted taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker for sure. Love the cedar wood character.
02-26-2010 18:07:45 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
The color is a nice dark black with some ruby hues when held to the light. There is a brownish foamy head that is about a finger high and leaves a light lacing on the glass.
The smell is some nice caramel malt flavor. Some cinnamon flavor hides behind some hoppy crispness.
The taste is some nice burnt malts that give a slight smokey feel to this beer that stays just for a moment then leaves to bring on a molasses and caramel flavor.
The feel of this beer is evened out between a high carbonation feel and some crisp feel.
02-08-2010 05:51:26 | More by Duhast500
4/5 rDev -1%
Had on tap at RedBones in Somerville 1/20
A: This beer pours a rich deep ruby brown with mahogany edges. A good 1/2 inch of khaki colored creamy head on this one. Heads retains nicely and maintains a 1/4 film the whole way through leaving nice sticky ringlets of lacing.
S: Nose is of thick caramel malts, hint of hops, cinnamon, and molasses.
T: Taste is extreme burnt malts up front, followed by cinnamon and molasses, caramel, and in the finish is a bit of hop presence.
M: Medium body, high carbonation, nice crisp feel.
D: Goes down easily, fairly tasty, it doesn't fit the mold of your typical winter warmer. I could definitely have a pint or two more of these.
01-21-2010 14:56:30 | More by Jayli
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
On tap at Redbones.
Not sure if this is really a winter warmer. Struck me more as a spicy bock, but regardless...
Dark brown in color with wonderful translucence around the edges (this and the bittersweet malty flavor made it seem like a bock to me). Carmel and cinnamon in the nose with some subtle, toasted malts that become much more apparent on the tongue. A slight honey/toffee sweetness that's tempered by a wonderful, rich spiciness. Malts, to my mind, dominate this beer, making it seem more full-bodied than average in the mouth.
A truly wonderful beer, somewhere between a session beer and a sipper. Enigmatic, to be sure, and perhaps even more enjoyable because of that.
01-21-2009 18:21:48 | More by applky
4/5 rDev -1%
Served in a tulip glass at Cambridge Brewing Company.
Darkest night pours just that, black as night. There's a about a finger of mocha foam sitting atop the beer. The head displays some decent head retention, and leaves a nice ring of lacing at the top of the glass, although what's left underneath is a bit more spotty. The nose brings some notes of coffee and plum up front, with some spicy herbal aromas lurking in the background. The flavor's got a light bit of caramel to it, before a big coffee, roasty quality comes and settles in as the focal point of the beer. There's just a hint of peppery phenols as the beer fades into the finish. The body's not what I would call "bone dry", but it's pretty darn close. The carbonation is just a touch muted for what I would like to have sen. Darkest Night is classified as a Winter Warmer here on BA, but to my mind it seems very much like a black Saison. Regardless of the style though, I definitely enjoyed my glass.
03-08-2012 19:07:27 | More by axeman9182
Darkest Night from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.