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Dark Element - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

187 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 47
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Previously named "Dark Matter."

DARK ELEMENT
This New American Black Ale, our strongest signature beer, has the malt profile of an Imperial Schwartz Beer and the floral characteristics of an American IPA. Saturated in hops, this intrepid style offers smooth dark toffee and chocolate flavors without the roasted bitterness found in many "dark" beers.

65.5 IBU

(Beer added by: cbutova on 06-04-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 82 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheGordianKnot:
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3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. 750 poured into a snifter...

A- Pours deep black with dark brown hues on the edges. Has an incredibly light, foamy head billowing up almost overflowing. Settles quickly but leaves a nice lace pattern.

S- Smells like a schwarz. Has a minimally roasty aroma and some floral tones mixed with citrus. A bit chalky, but overall a light and underwhelming aroma.

T/M- Starts with a nice earthy hop bite with a grapefruit tinge. Malt is a little rubbery and roasty. Finishes a bit hot, but not incredibly overwhelming. You could say the hop/malt is pretty balanced. Light body with moderate carbonation.

O- Better as it warmed, but overall a beer that is good but in no ways mind blowing. Would definitely drink again, but only if it's at the right price.

TheGordianKnot, Mar 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beernuts123
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep ruby color when held to the light. Light lacy head that is slightly effervescent on the tongue, indicative of the bottle conditioning process.
Licorice, dark malts and lots of clean hop aroma on the nose.
Body is light and refreshing and taste is well-rounded with nicely balanced bitterness and dark/caramel malt flavors. Does not have an overly roasty back end which allows the hop aroma to clean up the finish.
Not a session beer, but wonderful with a fully flavored meat dish or a rich chocolate dessert.

Beernuts123, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

A heady start, with a shade of ruby clinging to the brown darkness. Spicy with candied fruit, minty hops and cake-like maltiness, as a powdery yeast awakens the nostrils. Smoothness burrows in for the duration. Malt jumps from bitter dark chocolate to brown sugar to biscuity to dried grass, with a yeast flavor that does not let go. Hints of exotic fruit, papaya, star fruit and unripe mangos come to mind. A bit of broth and yeast in the roasty semidry finish. Yeah, complex no doubt. A slow sipper ... a sleeper brew.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mctizzz, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing me one of these. Dark brown almost black pour, if not for the red edge to the liquid with a nice head. Aroma was roasty bitter.

Taste, plenty carbonated, seemingly like pilsner noble hops in its lively spritzyness and a body that is not as hefty as the color of the beer would lead you to believe. Peppery. Reminiscient of Stone's Juxtaposition, but this one has more roastiness to the body of it, whereas Stone's was hoppier and lighter bodied, despite still being black as night.

Pretty straightforward enjoyable beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Trashcat, Friday at 07:14 PM
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Aberration
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Aberration, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to connecticutpoet for this beer!

A: Poured a nice black color with one finger tan head on top. Left some decent lacing down the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma, a sugary sweetness as well. Some piney hops, with a little bit of grass. Not over the top like others in the style.

T: Liked this one a good bit. Upfront there some light roast and chocolate malt that transitions to some pine and citrus hops. There is a little bit of dark fruit mixed in as well. Slightly bitter finish, but seems to fit nicely.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight creamy texture.

O: Quite enjoyable, liked the malt bill in this one more than most in the style, sometimes the roast/chocolate/coffee is too much and doesn't play well with the hops, but the malt here does.

mdaschaf, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for the bottleshare
Pours a dark walnut brown with a foamy tan head with good retention and lacing.

Malt dominates the nose which is surprising for the style. Notes have definitely subdued a bit by the aging. Subtle sweet pine hops are present with a sweet rich earthiness.

Flavor is good but again subdued a bit. But the balance between the deep earthy dark malt, mild oakiness and the dark sweet pines hop notes are very nice.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall I thought it was a very nice beer. Not at bold as many others of the style but there's nothing wrong with that IMO. Everything came together very nicely and it was amazingly easy to drink.

MrVonzipper, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of DrewBest
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DrewBest, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed: 11/23/2010 Bottle in paper bag w/info and no lable on bottle.

Darkest brown shade, rootbeer look, thick and tan colored head, healthy and dense. slow dissipate with plenty of foam left over.

A strong and sweet scented, chunky chocolate, very roastie, vanilla extract, sweet blueberry pie, and a very complex hop aroma too..pine and fruity. Smells very much like some of the best Double stouts or RIS!

A thick, heady malty complexty, long and dense feel with chocolate brownies with a jazzy and very complex, earthy hop flavor that adds perfect balace. the hos add a pleasant bitter, earthy flavor that melds togather just perfect. The feel is full and hefty, thick with a dry, earthy kick that gives any huge stout a run for it's money!

Groovy brew right here folks!

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really A shwartz beer, a black beer and not a black IPA, freshly acquired by Peter FM. Roasty but not a black IPA, some hops but also some sourness in the finish. Lagerish in texture. Lacy on dark body.OK drinkability. Roast over hops is the smell.A little disappointing for the marketing, with a nicely wrapped bottle.

Sammy, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jh1982, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of gthompsonri
5/5  rDev +24.4%

gthompsonri, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thnaks to CTSparky for trading one of these.

A - Pours brown with a reddish tone; rusty coloring. Light brown foam. Minimal carbonation; no lacing.

S - Smells of toffee, mocha, and sweet malts. Mild hoppy medley.

T - Flavors are of a beer balanced between malt and hops. Very complex. Sweet initial taste; almost a sasparilla like sugary sweetness. Finish has a hoppy vibe but without a bitter bite.

M - For something that seemed so well balanced, I didn't mind it quite as drinkable as I expected. Fun beer, but oddly I tired of it quickly.

O - Was looking for this guy for a while. A bit of a different beer, and a complex version of the style. Extra kudos for the bag over the bottle.

socon67, Aug 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Dracarys, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Ace1117, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Speakorspasm sending this bottle my way. It poured like a baltic porter with a reddish brown body and a fluffy white tan head. This beer is sort of like an imperial brown or brown porter. There are big juicy citrus hops like a good DIPA, but then there's also mellow coffee, dry cocoa, and sweet maple syrup. At the same time, the body isn't too thick and is actually quite drinkable. The hops start with a candied grapefruit and roll into more traditional sharp citrus rind and floral spice while staying fruity all the way. Find this beer, there are few others like it.

tempest, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of beerluvr
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

beerluvr, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Chuck_IPA_Mathus, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of jmerloni
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown to black. Head is billowing and pillowy but recedes quickly.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, not much fruitiness.

T - More complex than I figured based on the aroma. There is some fruitiness to this and the flavors are a bit of a labyrinth. There's an anisey flavor as well. Tastes a little bit confused. Got this at a bar and didn't know what style it was and thought it was a porter, but the fact that it's actually a strong ale does make more sense.

M - I have to use the word the reviewer before me used: silky. Smooth. It is thin but it's also almost oily in the mouth. Interesting mouthfeel. Very low carbonation - almost none. I think this brew might be good real thick-bodied.

D - Moderately drinkable but not really so. Might get it again.

jmerloni, Jul 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

scootny, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Red-fruit citrus, rasberries mostly, some ground coffee notes, slight spices, cinnamon and perhaps vanilla, dark chocolate as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head, good retention with fantastic lacing.

T: Coffee malt and roastiness up front followed by a medium bitterness, some estery fruitiness. Finishes with a touch of oak and roasty dryness. Fairly clean throughout. More coffee sweetness and roasty as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation.

Hoppy without being to bitter, a nice clean roasty flavor. Really enjoyed this one.

bum732, Mar 27, 2011
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Dark Element from Element Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.