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Dark Element - Element Brewing Company

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 47
Gots: 26 | 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."

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)
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3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seen some of these Element Brewing Co. Beers on the shelf for the last year and have for some reason yet to have one, so tonight is the night.

Poured into a wide-mouth tulip glass and served at basement temperature. Feb 09, 2012 bottle date.

A: looks fairly dark at first glance but held up to light reveals more of a mahogany color. A nice couple of inches of head that slowly disepates into the beverage.

S: Getting mostly toffee and Pumpernickel perhaps a hint of hops, but not a lot.

T: Overly sweet, very malt forward, perhaps some bitterness in the finish from the hops but not sure if I am imagining it because it is suppose to be there.

O: Drinkable I guess, tastes more like a strong-ale then a combination of a Schwartz/IPA. Not something I would seek out again but drinkable.

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3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at DC bottle share at Smoke & Barrel. Bottle dating April 20 - 2012.

A light tan head and somewhat creamy looking, with a kind of light red amberish brown body tinge. Somewhat clear also, quite nice.

Nose is strangely wood splintery oak. I am getting a weird sense of beechwood almost rauchbier going on. Not particularly hop forward either.

Palate is just a mish mash of things and all over the place. Hop front and mild resin, mixing with a good amount of pine, a soft clean and very crisp malt, with some off roast sense. Somewhat wet body seems to come through slightly, and doesn't highlight any of these flavors nicely.

I am not getting this brews angle here, this feels and tastes like a mess of things that just don't jive nicely with each other. Every flavor seems to be fighting for attention. It's not awful by any means just not digging it.

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3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Foams up at first, then slowly recedes to a spotty lace.

I could tell from the aroma that this beer isn't an IPA dyed black. There is a high level of dark malt in the nose, spiced up by a decent amount of citrus and herbal hops. I'm not sure of the freshness on this beer, but it seems like there should be just a touch more hops in the nose. The dark malts add small amount of chocolate, and a large amount of charred, roasted malt. It reminds me a lot of burnt wood.

The flavor is heavily malted as well, with a good amount of burnt, roasted malts. The hops brighten it up a little bit, but in the end they don't feel totally integrated. The bitter finish has a clash of hops and coffee bitterness. It's interesting, but it feels like a bunch of flavors thrown together without any cohesiveness.

Mouthfeel is big and bold, with a lingering, sticky feeling on the palate. Carbonation is maybe a touch too high, but a lot of the carbonation was lost over the course of the bottle. Taking down this bottle was a bit of a task for me. If I were to have it again, I would make sure it was split with at least one more person.

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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.

Photo of Ommy
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Element pours dark brown, and looks incredibly a lot like cola, in both color and head.

And it smells like cola too! Just kidding :P
The nose is quite muted, but after some vigorous swirling I get a really musty, attic type smell. Very peculiar. I'm getting a lot more maltyness than hops. After letting it open up a bit I start to get a little bit of bread notes.

Thankfully the taste is a lot more pronounced than the nose. Ohh, a very interesting blend of tastes. It's semi-dark and rich but with a good chunk of the lighter sides of malts with the splash of hops.

Overall this is a beer that is quite good, new, and interesting. But it's not something I've fallen in love with. Definitely a buy though!

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3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. Thanks to wyllder for this one. Bottled 5/17/2011.

A: Pours a very dark brown near black color with two fingers of dense light tan head that slowly faded into a thick frothy film leaving rings of sticky lacing.
S: I smell apple juice and grape juice for some reason. I get a touch of grassy hops as well. Fruity and hoppy.
T: Grassy hops and sweet fruit juice yet again. The finish is sweet with caramel and the aftertaste has a light citrus bitterness. I get a touch of doughy yeast and bread crust as well.
M: Medium-thin body, slick mouthfeel, low carbonation. The mouthfeel is a tad too watery but this beer goes down smooth.
O: Not a bad black ipa but not the best. I liked most of the flavors but I don’t know why I got so much fruit juice. The mouthfeel could be thicker but I’m splitting hairs. Overall not bad, but I probably wouldn’t drink this again.

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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.

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Dark Element from Element Brewing Company
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