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Beer Is Dark XIII Anniversary Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Beer Is Dark XIII Anniversary AleBeer Is Dark XIII Anniversary Ale

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Dark Horse 13th Anniversary Ale, brewed with 13 malts and 13 adjuncts.

(Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 12-15-2013)
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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks to blacknyellow20 for this beer, which has been resting in my fridge for roughly the term of a full length pregnancy. 375ML red-waxed bottle split with my wife from what is assuredly the oddest outdoor patio in the U.S.

The beer pours black – imagine that – with little to no head. Nose isn’t terribly strong for all the shit they poured into this brew. Chocolate is the only really prominent experience, with nuts & sweet molasses kicking about the fringes. Not bad.

Beer is Dark is one of those beers that’s thicker than blood. Huge malty mouthfeel, thick as a sequoia, filling up the mouth crevices like a good mortar. The taste can’t quit stand up to that loveliness: strong nuttiness, half-inch dusting of cocoa powder, sweet-on-sweet. I could have taken the dwarf bottle myself.

Peaks in that thick-ass mouthfeel. It always amazes me when brewers put 184 malts & hops into a beer & it comes out tasting tame, like this one. Pretty good beer.

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A-dark brown black color with a smallish light brown head and little lacing

S-roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate, nutty

T-dark roasted malt, light chocolate , toffee, nutty,, dark fruit, hint of smokiness

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-decent beer for sipping, alcohol pretty well integrated

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Reviewed last night with full notes taken to my phone. Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending this my way.

A- Black bodied pour to several glasses at a tasting. Light tan head builds up to about a finger with a foamy texture. Lacing consists of sheets and webs.

S- Nutty and roasty. Tons of toasted nuts along with a hefty roast malt base and some smoke. Raisins and cherry as well.

T- Spicy and strong with a bit of a strong BSDA feel. Spiced raisins, toasted nuts and dried red fruits are huge with a spiced fruit cake feel. Cocoa powder, dark candi sugar, earthy hops, medicinal fruit, brown sugar and some alcohol.

MF- Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation and a silky, foamy texture. Sort of on the thin side for the flavors. Finishes quite warm.

Extremely nutty and dark fruit laiden with quite a bit kf roast and alcohol coming into play. The body could use some thickness but fairly solid all around.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fast pouring dark, thick black brew. Straw colored toasty head. Little lacing no legs.

Smokey, crisp caramel, roasty, milk chocolate. Kinda tight nose. Hazelnut....?

Crispy, milky, dry chocolate sweetness. Forward and well done. A bit too light in flavor and too heavy in smoked malt. Not quite as deep as I'd had imagined, but still nice. Complexity is wound well with moderate dry earthy carbonation.

Overall, a solid brew. Nothing i'd seek again, but still nice. Recommended at the right price.

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Beer Is Dark XIII Anniversary Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.