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Infusco - Rock Art Brewery

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78
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 24.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Inspired by a unique yeast’s ability to gently weave character and flavor into the beers if ferments. A sweet body balanced with a big alcohol warmth and a touch of hops. Lingering rich flavors add to the complexity. Try aging this one for a year or two at cellar temperatures and compare the flavors that will emerge.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-26-2006)
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bjohnson:
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.99 @ in Winooski.

Pours a very dark purple color, almost black, with a two finger toffee colored head. The thickness of the head keeps the retention up well. Thick layered lace. Belgian esters, dark rock candy, burnt brown sugar, and ever so slight wintergreen notes. Licorice and blackstrap molasses aromas more present after a swirl. Different aroma then a true belgian dark strong, but still good. More light and airy.

Woody, earthy, and leafy. Licorice adds a touch of bitterness and a layer of sweetness. Blackstrap molasses and maple syrup flavors detected in the aftertaste. Burnt brown sugar and rock candy notes bring out more sweetness in the body. Dryer finish with an airiness. A bit thin on the palate. A nice beer but it seems to be lacking a bit of oomph.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:00:33 | More by bjohnson
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-26-2014 12:52:20 | More by Latarnik
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11%

06-26-2013 23:58:27 | More by jaxon53
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mactrail

Washington

2.1/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark near black color in the glass. Looks innocent enough.

Tastes like a hosed-down house fire from last week. Murky, burnt grains, with a peculiar sweet undertone. Bitter without any actual hop flavor. Strong and intense flavors wear out their welcome quickly. This was one of the bottles at our Strong Beer Tasting that no one came back for seconds to.

From the 22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine in east Tucson. Of course they would sell Rock Art products since the label gives it a Southwestern appearance. They even shelve it with the other Arizona beers, like they know of even care what they sell. I would avoid everything from this brewery after tasting three of their products.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 15:53:13 | More by mactrail
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Prost76

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11%

12-09-2012 11:25:49 | More by Prost76
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2012 20:45:54 | More by CB_Crowe
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-11-2012 14:41:01 | More by JohnK17
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -70.3%

04-29-2012 00:00:35 | More by bonez05404
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2012 03:25:15 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-19-2012 22:36:44 | More by kaelingirl
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1/5  rDev -70.3%

01-22-2012 22:38:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep mahogany with lace of grey head. Smells of dates, dark berries, and burnt leather and kerosene. Doesn't smell like something consumable.

It doesn't taste all too consumable either. Big body with a heavy date taste along with a nice burnt leather alcohol finish that lingers. Probably not finishing this bottle. What happened here with this beer? I normally like rock art.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 17:41:14 | More by jtierney89
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-02-2012 18:01:55 | More by JAHMUR
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Coal black pour with a quickly diminishing fizzy khaki colored head that offered no lace.

S: Soft smoky charred wood, dark roasted barley, and some silty black coffee roast for the nose’s sake.

T: The flavor was hearty, dark, and rich, filled with roasty malts, and a silty minearality of charred wood and a fine sweetened dark coffee roast. Brief glimpses of toasted citrus peel come mid way offering a bitter roasted treat of citrus hops. Oily roast finish, passing citrus mentions, and a smooth eloquent roast makes for a dark, yet smooth bitter/sweet ordeal. Dark fruit of figs add accents as well some tea like bitterness rounds things out with an alcohol warmth.

M: Black oily roast, full bodied, coffee like texture that leaves you with a lasting dark roast bitterness.

O: Overall the label says it best, this aint no mommas boy or daddys girl drink. Darkly roasted beast filled with a earthy bitterness and campfire minearlity smoothers your tongue with a charred coating. Bitter, yet eloquently smooth, makes your tongue beg for more. Drinks like a smoked dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 23:38:29 | More by beerthulhu
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

5/5  rDev +48.4%

11-27-2011 23:13:08 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep, deep copper color without much of any head. The label reads, "Dark Ale..." and that is what you get.

S- Complex: smoke, tobacco, toffee, oak...and as it warms sweet caramel comes to the fore (while the smoke mellows). If nothing else, consume (i.e. sip) this brew at nothing-less-than cellar temperatures to balance out the aromas (of which the smoke dominates when cold). Despite it being listed as a Belgian beer, the usual breadiness that is generated from the yeast does not come through.

T- Again, comples and balance with this brew is key to its enjoyment. Everything in the taste can be found with the smell. Smoke, tabacco, sweet caramel with a nice dry, oaky finish. Despite the 8% ABV, the alcohol is nicely hidden. Like the smell, the (supposed) Belgian yeast profile is not detectable...possibly due to the strong flavors imparted from the malts.

M- Possess a moderate carbonation which complements this brew well. Your tastebuds are left jumping all over the place from the smoked and caramel malts used resulting in a long lasting finish.

O- I have never been a fan of smoked malts (like Bamburg)...up until now. This is one bold, complex brew as well as one of the most daring beers I have sampled in a long time. Not an everyday selection, but ill I try this again?...of course!

I'm not one to cellar beers, as I have been largely unhappy with them as compared to fresh. However, I might just have to try that with Infusco and see if cellaring will be kind to this concoction.

Once again, nicely done Rock Art.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 23:29:55 | More by threeviews
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silentjay

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a muddy brown with a smallish head that quickly recedes to absolutely nothing at all. It looks completely flat.

not yeasty, like the bottle description would suggest, in the aroma. pure smoked malts.

smokiness again is most dominant. burnt bacon, peat smoked malts...some dark fruits and chocolate and black pepper and some firewood.

very flat with a medium body and a lingering smoky finish.

I must admit, I'm not a big fan of smoky beers, and this one was a bit too smoke dominant for me to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:18:57 | More by silentjay
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much of the way of head, it fades very quickly but what I did notice was a khaki color. A dark crimson body color. Although, there is a lack of head there is some nice lacing.

I get a sweet vanilla, hazelnut, toffee and caramel. This has a really nice aroma!

Wow! Chocolate which I didn't smell at all. Also caramel, toasted bread, toffee, dark fruits I'm thinking raisins (also slight bourbon taste?)and smoke. Not much of the way of hops, mostly roasted flavors and malt. Very tasty!

Medium body, medium carbonation but fits well with the beer. A little dry feeling.

Another fine tasting brew from Rock Art. I really enjoyed this beer, I don't know why it received decent ratings. I did taste something interesting, I saw no mention of it but I believe a distinct bourbon flavor was noticeable. I did notice a smoky oak flavor that someone mentioned. Nonetheless a very tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 06:58:02 | More by 9InchNails
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew comes courtesy of mymrnngjckt, who has provided me with most of my top shelf brew. Top notch BA...

Appearance: Pours a a surprisingly dark, murky black color that reminds me more of a good stout than a Belgian Ale. Not too much head, but I'll attribute that to my girly girl pour. There's some decent retention, and the lacing ain't too shabby neither.

Smell: The comparisons to a stout don't stop with the appearance, the nose is rather chocolaty. This particular bottle is about 2 years old, so I don't know if age has played a part here, but still...chocolate. There's also a slightly smoky characteristic to the brew, and a slight yeasty sort of quality.

Taste: The smoky quality comes through, but the chocolate doesn't. There's a bit of dark fruit, but it's not as potent as I thought it would be given the style. To be honest, if you told me this was a smoked beer, I'd believe it. Still, it's not a bad brew.

Mouthfeel: A medium to full body, which given the other qualities of the brew is surprising. Good carbonation, the beer has a smooth almost creamy texture.

Overall (Drinkability): It's not exactly what I expected, but it isn't terrible. I haven't tried it fresh, so I don't have much to compare it to. I don't think I would turn down another, but I don't think I'd look particularly forward to trying another.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:11:06 | More by krisandajt
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had as part of the Central NE BA Meetup, from '07 I believe.

A dark raisin murky brown color with a light head.

Nose of dark malts, aged malts, sweet smoked wood, choc covered raisins, light licorice, cherry wood, sweet molasses, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, complex.

Taste is sweet aged malts, light Belgian candi sugar, light booze, little bitterness from the malts, lots of smoked apple and cherry wood, smoked raisin even, molasses, caramel, touch of minerality, finishes smooth with lingering smoke and sugars, as well as fruits.

Mouth is medium bodied, soft and delicate not so strong anymore, with decent carbonation for the age.

Drink is decent, light booze, touch of sticky malts, aged malt taste too.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:35:27 | More by jlindros
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this beer.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, some hops, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with some yeast notes, and hops, some dark fruits. Medium body. Drinkable, kinda reminds me of a BSDA, but falls short of one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 20:45:48 | More by Wasatch
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from 22oz. into pint glass a brown color with some haze and a nice two-finger, dense, tan head.

S: Peat smoke, dark ripe fruits, chocolate, roasted grains. Hops are hard to detect.

T: Roasted malt with peat smoke, dark fruit and ripe fruit tannins. Hints of chocolate and sherry. Some alcohol warmth becomes noticeable.

M: Creamy full body with a alcohol warmth becoming noticeable.

D: This is tasty and complex but given more time to age and meld flavors it would smooth out and be even better.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 19:23:45 | More by scottbrew4u
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My initial impression was definitely European, but not necessarily BSDA. Dark mahogany body with a solid, tan-ash head that lasts pretty well but nails it in retention. Nose is smokey-caramel, with classic notes of bacon along with some interesting ones like dark fruit and anise.

Dry body, plenty of caramel sweetness that meshes nicely with the fig and plum notes. Darkly herbal in its own way, with some phenolics for good measure. Decent mouthfeel, good strong body. As with any Rock Art, your mileage may vary, but it's a strong take on Beer, but not BSDA. Way too interesting and unusual for that...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 04:02:52 | More by BretSikkink
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Brought back by my housemate on trip to Vermont. Consumed 12/20/09.

A) Opaque. Pours with a two finger, tan head. Creamy and stick lacing. Did I mention black in color?
S) Alcohol. Smoky. Pepperoni. Molasses. Very complex aroma.
T) Black pepper. Smoky - like smoked gouda. Tastes like a Pepperidge Farms sampler in liquid form. Ends with a subtle hop bitterness.
M) Thick. Chewy. Smooth. Full body.
D) A very good concoction. Complex flavor. Good aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 14:44:54 | More by u2carew
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far333

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and murky chestnut colored with a thick and fat and chunky and rocky oatmeal colored head that sits up high at two inches and slooowly recedes back to fine cap.

Aroma of dark malts and ripe plum, faint yeasty notes. Rich flavors of cocoa and crusty brown bread, some peppery spice and root beer. Fig and plum emerge, followed by notes of brandy. Oaky highlights, some leather as well.

Full mouthfeel punctuated with stinging tingly carbonation, finishes mildly tannic. Tasty beer, unexpected from Rock Art, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 03:16:45 | More by far333
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Infusco from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.