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Heart Of Darkness CDA - Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 54
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Beers Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grittybrews on 09-07-2011

67 IBU
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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 54
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cola color with a half finger lighter beige head that settles very quickly,aromas mainly of piney hops,a little dark bread and mild brown sugar is detected but both are on the lighter side.Pine and earthy tones on the palate with brown-sugar-like sweetness lingering into the finish.Not bad but really kinda average for the style,my first try of this brewery and it's not bad.

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Photo of ChugMan
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Nearly opaque, deep dark brown with a modest bubbly head with nice lacing
S - Very smooth and inviting chocolate, tootsie roll, bread, also tempered by some fruityness like prune and raisin.
T - Light, sweet chocolate up front. Followed eventually by a powerful wall of bitterness which seems to have orange peel and pineapple rind associated with it. Dark rye bread, hard crackers. Extremely faint sense of citrus, maybe pineapple, in the distant aftertaste.
M - Smooth at the start, the beer clings to all areas of the mouth but doesn't feel too syrupy or oily. Bitterness lingers for quite a while after each taste and is a little distracting.
O - A beer with a good start but sort of a confused, uneven finish. Flavors aren't especially satisfying, but it goes down easy and so long as you have the mettle for bitter beers it's really not bad.

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Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours deep brownish black, with slight haze (though completely opaque in the glass), and falls into a heavy tan head. Big coffee aromas, like I should be expecting a coffee stout or imperial stout. And actually, given the mouthfeel and level of roastiness, this could very well be a highly hopped, high gravity, stout, from a West coast brewery. I don't get much of the grapefruity or piney citrus I'd expect from a black IPA, but I do get all the richness and dark fruit (plums, raisins). Very enjoyable, and to be sought out, if not exactly the genre I expected.

This bottle is labeled 6.8% alc/vol and 67 IBUs.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well be sure to drink 22 Oz. before you rate...I like this beer, I have to admit I was out sailing for 6 hours teaching others how to sail and I am a bit tired but the Chocolate, date, plum thing comes through. nice chocolate finish with just the right umph...I'm buying more and not enjoying it less.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 bomber into a tulip. 6.8% ABV 67 IBUs

Pours a very dark opaque brown with a nice 1 finger beige head. The smell is hoppy with some good toasty malts. Taste is similar...Good amount of hops with a good amount of bitterness on the back end. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Its like a cross between a stout and an IPA, though it doesnt work too well for me. However, this style has never been one of my favorites. Still, not bad. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall typical for a black ale. Fans of the style will enjoy.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours almost pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, light pine, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and roasted notes; but fairly weak on strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pine, floral, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. A moderate amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pine, floral, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and well balanced hop and roasted malt flavors; with solid complexity and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice black IPA. Good balance of hop and roasted malt flavors with solid complexity; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature ale glass. There is no discernible bottling date on this that I can find.

Out of the bottle pours dark and nearly black. Head makes four fingers, chunky, but slightly creamy but with lots of swiss cheese bubble appearances. light and cocoa tan in color, the body matches a dark walnut brown, just getting into black. A real solid looking dark ale, complete with a bit of retention and light brown thin bubbles slowly creeping the sides.

Nose hits with a light whipped milk powder. Airy. Nestle or classic instant powdered Quick breakfast drink. Hints of cola like sweetness. Not too shabby, but gives me the impression this is thin, almost milk stout territory.

Really interesting, but also strangely kind of style blurring. A real milky chocolate sense in feel but it feels more stout like in character. A lactose like sweetness, mixing with a sugary orange bent of hop. Some of that cola like taste is there but with a strange mix of sweetness and odd bitter that doesn't balance so well. Mid palate finishes with a lingering sweet bitterness and light evaporated milk. The sweetness turns to a bit of alcohol forward after some time.

Overall this is really a bit of a style blur, it reminds me if you will, to call this a somewhat sweet slightly hoppy milk stout. Not really my thing, but it's an interesting take, but really doesn't feel like a classic Black Ale, CDA, or whatever you feel like calling it. Drinkable though none the less.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma features a lot of roasted malt, as well as some heavy pine and resinous hops. The flavor is a little bit different. I get the same roasted malt as in the aroma, but there is also a little bit of chocolate. I also get some pine and orange citrus hops, with a low to medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheEarl
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I opened a 22 ounce bottle and served it in an IPA glass on 6/5/12.
Appearance: Heart of Darkness pours a dark brown with a huge tan head that seemed to last 10 minutes.

Smell: The aroma is of sour bread/grain with citrusy hops.

Taste: Heard of Darkness tastes like a very hoppy porter with pronounced vegetable bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated but a bit light.

Overall: Heart of Darkness is only OK and, for the style, HUB’s Secession or Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack are far better.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely looks like a CDA--pours ebony brown with light tan head. Aroma is all about citrusy hops. Kind of overwhelms the roasted malt aromas. For a CDA it actually seems to be lacking a good balance between the dark roast and the bright hops. A little on the tart, citrusy side, it could use some extra malt sweetness and roundness to balance the powerful hops onslaught.

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Photo of Sky2625
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a standard pint glass at Locol (from notes taken 10/23/11):

A - Poured dark brown with a toasted marshmallow/tan 3/4 finger foamy head, almost pillowy. Strong retention. Shines mahogany in the light. Moderate lacing halfway down the glass.

S - Moderately hoppy citrus on the nose immediately overtaken by strong coffee scent and moderate roastiness of the grains. Hint of vanilla and chocolate cherries.

T - Immediate coffee and chocolate flavor with balanced piney hop flavor. Eases into a moderate pine hop bitterness with citrus undertones. Bitterness lingers augmented by dark roasty bitterness, and a hint of root beery spiciness.

M - Moderate fizzy carbonation, imeediately dry and totally not thirst quenching. Moderate body.

D - Tasty, great flavor with the toastiness and piney hop. not too much chocolate or smokiness. Good balance between the black and the IPA.

Not mind-blowingly superb, but definitely a solid showing!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Pint at Alibi Room in Vancouver. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. Nice thick lace was left with a film of retention.

S - Citrus hops, very roasty and some coffee. Extremely well integrated and inviting.

T - Roasty with coffee as well and citrus hops in the finish. Structured well and not messy like alot of black IPAs can be. Very tasty.

M - Very bitter in the finish with good carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Nice. Strong and well done. Hops are dominant but play a proper role at the same time. Well blended and easy drinking with no evident alcohol.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a disaster. If this is a cda then I need someone to tell me where the hops were in this brew. It looks great. Just as it should. Dark and creamy head. When I smelled it I was looking for the rich pungent hops and chocolaty malts. It was not there. I got a scent of something that was hard to recognize. Really disappointed. The taste was just as bad. This did not taste like a cda at all. The mouth feel was average not too sticky and not to dry. Overall this was not that good. I have had cda's at a much lower abv with more hop flavor and scent. The same for the malts. Really wish I drank something else. I did finish it. It was not bad but for the style there are so many better dark beers.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown. Touches of light getting through on the edges. One finger tan head with good retention and very nice lacing.

S: Floral hops are very present. With a touch of earthiness. Some malts come through but nothing roasted. Just a little sweetness.

T: Sweet malts upfront, maybe toasted caramel. Then a very earthy floral hop flavor. Not hugely bitter. Finishes very floral.

M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Slightly slick and slightly dry.

O: A pretty decent Black IPA/CDA. Nothing standing out against the crowd but very drinkable.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Uber Taproom, Heart of Darkness is black with a small light tan head leaving decent lace.

Smell is sweetish, some lime notes from the hops, a little char.

Taste is basically an aggressively hopped porter. Porter first, NW hops second, and ethanol third. Good for a big beer, and while the bitterness is firm, I wish the malt was less dominant than the hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, a nice creaminess, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid beer for sure, very smooth considering the huge strength and flavors, but more impy porter than CDA.

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Photo of knepper
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a bit of a different experience for me as far as the American Black Ale style goes. Most of what I had previously tended towards the side of big time aroma/flavor hop additions with medium bitterness, resembling a dark IPA. This beer on the other hand took the style in a bit of different direction, heading towards a more hoppy-porter realm. And I liked it. When cold, the bitterness and hop characteristics are subdued, taking a back seat to a nice biscuity, roast chocolate flavor. As the beer warms, the spicy bitterness begins to stand out; spruce tips, pine muddied with a bit of earth and pungent citrus take stage while the porter characteristics take a back seat. A molasses and sorghum flavor remain to let you know you're still drinking a dark beer. A nice one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up tonight at Brewforia West... Paid about $7ish... poured into my HotD goblet.

Splotchy dark tan head doesn't stick around too long... leopard spots of foam... the brew is pretty much black...

The nose shows decent citrus and maybe some pine hoppiness, but the dark malts and I swear there may be some coffee beans in the mix are the big players.

Pretty smooth throughout... but definitely leaning toward the dark malts more than the hops... okay citrus in the middle, and maybe some floral notes.. the roasty profile is much bigger than I was expecting and damn big in the emerging style... but I still really dig it... light "dark dried fruits" with warmth show as sweet chrerries ... but the dark malt blast pretty much lays waste to the expected subtleties.

I am listening to music and writing some stuff for work tomorrow, but honestly with my recent sip, I caught myself in my head going, "nom nom nom nom" to the malts... not necessarily a good thing... but memorable. Good.... sorta Great.. but more PNW hops and lesser malt might make me bite a bit more.


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Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ABV 8.4%
IBU: 67
Lists itself as: Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale

Bottle date: unk

A: pours a black ale with a single finger of tan foam which falls in a few minutes to a persistent sheet of the same. cobweb lace.

S: smokey, with hints of pine and resin. and I can't get this out of my mind - a boiled kielbasa (a bit spicy and meaty)

T: A little more roasty than anticipated with plenty of coffee and bitter soil flavor. Surprised how bitter this is to me given the listed IBU's. Again with the cased meat flavor (not really bad, just kinda catches me off-guard).

M: Medium on heavy with lower carb and a dry finish. Spot on for the style for me.

O: good beer. Worth having. And I gotta say, would be great about two months from now when the weather is really nippy. I consistently dig the beers coming out of this brewery, wish they had a little more love on this site.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured black with good carbonation leaving a nice tannish cap

S: First thing I noticed was big esprsso, light cocoa and roasted malt

T: Black malt, roasty with bigger hints at espresso, then cocoa and then some citrus

M: Roasty, creamy, light booze sting sneaks up, medium body

O: Pretty good

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #400, and the first from a growler to boot.

Poured cola black with two fingers of creamy light khaki head. Slightly sweet aroma of caramel mocha mixed with grapefruit and pine.

Moderate to slightly low carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Grapefruit up front followed by caramel, cocoa, and a rush of roasty coffee and lingering pine on the finish.

Very pleasant, smooth, and easy-drinking. Has a nice sweetness that's well-balanced by the more roasty/bitter flavors.

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Heart Of Darkness CDA from Two Beers Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.