Dark Element - Element Brewing Company
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4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
The beer pours a nice light brown head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a very dark brown that borders on black. The beer smell has very nice and very sugary toffee notes mixed in with roasted malt notes as well. The hop notes are present but are drowned out a little bit by the malt notes. The hops have a sweet orange scent to them. The taste is surprisingly different than the smell. The taste is dominated by the toffee and roasted notes while the hops are both bitter and sweet from before. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the heavier side. The beer goes down fairly smoothly without any problems and biting carbonation. Overall, a good American Black Ale and worth getting.
06-21-2014 17:24:37 | More by HattedClassic
4.73/5 rDev +17.1%
The indulgence begins with the pour, which raises a picture-perfect tan head above a reddish mahogany elixir. The head, at least within the confines of my Ithaca-labeled weizen glass, is dense and long-lived, seeming as though, given the chance, it could be a permanent fixture. There is cascading in its lower quarters as it gradually succumbs to the rising liquid. The beer's aroma is pronounced and sweet, combining chocolate and vanilla with a subtle earthiness and a slight waft of volatility. The flavor varies as it traverses the palate, starting with a surprising near-bitter freshness. It culminates in a rich, cocoa-like semi-sweetness, with a finish that is clean, with the merest benevolent suggestion of alcohol. The mouthfeel is slightly more aggressive than expected, contributing to the beer's appropriateness as an accompaniment for a meal. Overall, an excellent entry from a thoughtful brewer.
04-08-2014 22:51:53 | More by Altrurian
4.8/5 rDev +18.8%
Wow this is full of hop aromas, citrus, cascades, or something american!
On tap and served in a pint glass at BBQ place in Boston, humm where could that be?
Appearance is dark, dark brown to black. Not quite fully dark black as you can get some light through it. It has good clarity and tall foam that lingers and coats the glass.
The hop aromas are orange peel citrus.
The flavor backs up the nose well and reminds of a hoppy brown ale or black IPA
You would expect it to be fairly bitter but the mouthfeel is rather full and smooth. The higher abv is also well hidden in the mix.
Definitely a solid black ale. But it's Element so why would anyone expect anything other than excellence?
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2014 22:55:57 | More by HP1975
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Bottled a year previous when consumed. From notes.
A - Deep ruby pour with two fingers of beige head. Spotty lace and a finger of retention.
S - Dark malts, hops, dark fruit.
T - Really nice complexity. Rich malt and noticeable hops, but they've almost faded. Nice sweetness there. Rich.
M - Good carbonation, medium to full body. Sweet dark fruit and hop finish.
O/D - Pretty nice. The age has obviously faded the hops a fair bit but it was still enjoyable.
01-13-2014 00:43:20 | More by tbeckett
Dark Element from Element Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.