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Dark Corner (Black Cap) - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Corner (Black Cap)Dark Corner (Black Cap)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ypsifly on 06-30-2007)
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Notes from 4/20/11; 2011 release

A - Pours a murky brown with one finger of tan head.

S - Smell is mostly sweet caramel malts. Pleasant but pretty simple.

T - Taste is caramel malt up front, followed by a nice slightly bitter hop presence. Earthy roasted malts on the finish. Overall, the flavor comes together pretty well. Faint tea-like taste on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation. Finish is a bit sticky.

O - Overall an enjoyable brew, but a bit too sweet.

warnerry, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jaidenjb, Feb 19, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a nice quick copper head, matching the dark and slightly cloudy amber/red of the beer.

Smells like dry fruits, especially dates. A little yeast is detectable.

Oh, the mouthfeel. 'Quaff!' exclaims the Dark Horse mascot on the label. This is it- the beer froths up well in the mouth and remains refreshing.

That London Brown flavor- malty, refreshing, entirely subtle but appropriate hop leave. I prefer it to the ABC 'red cap' version (the 6 pack was split 3 and 3): although the ABC's flavors are more interesting, the start-to-finish balance of the Dark Horse makes it more enjoyable.

gustogasmic, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

Pours a brownish color with a small off white to head. In the aroma, some mellow dark fruit. In the taste, a dry malt a note of dark fruit and alcohol. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry dark fruit aftertaste. Malty and nice notes of dark fruit.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

This is a beautiful deep copper brown, with ruby and amber highlights and a low but persistent tawny head with Belgian lace and some legs lingering on the sides of the glass.

It has a big and complex nose. Big toffee and caramel with a light chocolate aroma,with strawberry, melon and cherry present and a light touch of cinnamon. There is also bread dough and graham cracker in the back.

It is big and malty at the sip, with a doughy maltiness that quickly gives way to a dark chocolate, coffee and dark rye crust roastiness. There is plenty of fruity toasty and caramelly sweetness, but there is also a moderate hop flavor and a not inconsequential hop bitterness that emerges at the swallow and is accentuated by the smooth alcoholic warming, leaving a spicy, but not prickly, drying counter in the finish that counters the substantial malt at the swallow.

Its a moderately full bodied beer, creamy and filling, almost oily, but with a medium full carbonation that lightens the beer somewhat. It is slightly warming but not at all hot.

As a BJCP judge, I'm a bit flummoxed at how to judge this, but wow! What a full tasty and inviting brew. I'm guessing the one I manage to cellar for a year or two would make a nice Old Ale at some point. In the meantime, enjoy this as a compliment to a creamy dessert like cheesecake or creme brulee, or sip with roasted nuts and aged cheese. It could also hold up to pork loin or ham, or even spicy apple pie alamode. Or, just sit outside and enjoy the fall weather and a fire with it.

Biffster, Sep 21, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Partnership between Dark Horse and Arbor. This should be interesting. Like most of the Dark Horse stuff I've had, the one Ar bor I tried went directly to the sink. Suffice to say I took pains to make sure I got the Dark Horse branded one!

Lovely caramel color with one finger head. Smell is also a clear positive, mix of alcohol, bakery, barley, hop. Very good. Unfortunately the taste is not nearly as pronounced as it could be. A passable taste and certainly easily drinkable, especially for 7.5% ABV, but ultimately a bit on the weak side. Not bad more of a session beer, and well short of a great brew.

lurpy1, Aug 19, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Copper brown ale when back lit sun with an off white to brown, thin head. Big biscuit and caramel in the noise with a solid hop--floral and spicy. Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, instead of the chewy I was hoping for when the bartender said it was an Imperial Brown Ale. Tastes like a buffed out Newcastle. Strong caramel on top of biscuit in taste. Smell and taste identical--simple and clean. Good in the heat, but I would be disappointed drinking this at home.

FightingEntropy, Jul 28, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

A - Nice pourability! Brew is dark purple with lots of brown and black. Head is fluffy nice light tan color.

S - WOW!!! Lots of grape/apple/ and cherry scent. AMAZING SCENT! Is there funk?

T - Slight "homebrew" flavor... Kind of off-putting. Very unique. Lots of big fruit flavor. Mild chocolate with lots of caramel. No sour funk that I was wishing for...

M - Slightly over carbonated... Medium body. Dry and airy.

O - Very unique brew! Super glad I got to try this one! A little bit incomplete, but a nice brew none-the-less. Thanks for the extra beerhan!

chugalug06, Jul 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Good russet color, signs of carbonation, minimal head that quickly vanishes into light lacing that doesn't last.

S: Caramel. Hops. Apples and pears. Some nutty scents.

T: Toasted malts. Fruits including apples, pears, and cherries. Caramel.

M: Carbonated pretty well. Good body.

Overall: Definitely a good beer, worth picking up a six pack of (though there will be three from Arbor Brewing). If they do this again next year, I will definitely pick up another six pack.

HeavyMetalBrew, Jun 15, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours brown with two fingers thick tan head. Frothy even head. Good head retention.

Smells of sweet malts and brown sugar. Hints of cherries and caramel. Very little hop presence. Herbal and nutty.

Tastes of sweet malts and caramel. Some cherry and toffee notes as well. Nice blend of sweet aromas. Finishes with a faint hop presence.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with a good amount of creaminess. It's a bit watery and under carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink. It serves as a refreshing brown ale.

Overall this is a sweet ale that nicely blends caramel, sweet malts and a bit of dark fruits. The malt dominates the body of the beer. There something to be desired here. Perhaps a bit more hops and a fuller mouthfeel. It's smooth easy drinking, but not quite bold or daring enough for a collaboration brew.

dgugliuzza, Jun 15, 2011
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Dark Corner (Black Cap) from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.