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Dark Element - Element Brewing Company

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190 Ratings

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 47
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: cbutova on 06-04-2010

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
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full flavored American black ale, we need more of these. dark like a stout on the pour, but drinks a lot lighter, despite the high abv, heady and rich, sexy and dangerous, I love this. smells sweet and hoppy at the same time, chocolate malt and northwest hops, high alpha stuff. the taste too, I need this with good barbeque, its got that hearty burly hoppy complexity, everything here works like magic, black magic I should say. hops really only in the finish, while deep roasty flavors of soil and minerals and bitter cocoa dominate the front end. overall a special beer, with all kinds of character. full bodied as they come, but you would never know its 8% abv. great first beer from element, got the special oak in the car and now even more stoked for that one!

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Bottled Sept. 6th, 2012

A - Pours a very dark brown with a billowing tan head. Pretty good lacing.

S - A bit oaky, astringent and not too hop forward. Mild roasted malt.

T - Hops at first mixed with some dark malts. Turns a bit sweet/toffee then a bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a wet finish.

O - May'be the age has got to it, but I wasn't picking up some of the flavors others were.

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A: The beer is very dark brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more complex with additional hints of toffee and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The finish has some bits of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the toffee-like flavors of this beer were quite interesting, and these might have been accentuated a little by this beer being aged for eight months.

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Dark Element from Element Brewing Company
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