Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
We crack the top, pouring a brew of deep coppery brown into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of cakey French vanilla colored bubbles, showing great retention. Sticky patterns and spots of lacing are left around the glass. Thick haze permeates clarity, with microspecks of sediment twirling about. Carbonation appears to be active and pervasive. The aroma is sweet and fresh, with brightly citric and earthy hop bitterness, syrupy sweetness of cola, bready pale malts, faint caramel sugars, Graham crackers, herbal clove, soft plastics, apple juiciness, and big booziness on the back with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice with big enough sweetness to balance the citra bomb. As we sip, the taste opens with honeys, herbal, earthy, and bitterly citric hoppiness, mossy tree bark, metallics, juicy baker’s yeast, sugar cookie breadiness, and tangy tangerine and apricot fruitiness. The middle peaks with a curious depth of grain that gives toast, roast, and partial chocolate maltiness, along with white flour, dirt covered citric hops, chives, lemon rind bitters, pale malt wash, and coiny metallics. We end with a blend of fruity cranberry tartness, chalk, milky lactics, bitter and metallic pale malts, distant smokiness, and the full onslaught of bitterness from the citra. The aftertaste breathes of drying walnut, faintly wet wheatiness, pales, light caramels, green plant stems, dirt, dust, powdered yeast, cracker graininess, and herbal and those bittered citric hops. The body is surprisingly on the high side of medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives heavy cream, froth, and slurp, with decent finishing smack and pop. After an initial oily slickness, the palate and tongue are left with pucker and generally strong astringent dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its interesting and dynamic flavoring. First off, this is our first of the deconstructed Crooked Tree beers and it is such a cool idea. That said, we were expecting things to be exactly that: we figured things would be simple, handed to us ingredient by ingredient. What we found, however, was a vast complexity, with the citra having to fill the gaps left by her missing companions, and the malts coming up big, with more sweets and syrups, to help keep not only the flavor alive, but to bolster its spirit and feel. The nose also showed refreshment from the standard blend. The next two “Eerts” are on deck, and if this is any indication of what’s in store, we simply cannot wait.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2013 01:30:21 | More by TheBrewo
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