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Dark Planet - Straight To Ale

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 34
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: AndyGator on 10-14-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 34
Photo of GPHarris
4.31/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left nice sheeting throughout. the body was dark brown with red edges which gave it a deep purple look.
s - boozy in a great way with some dark fruit and malt aromas.
t - plums, grapes, bready with a hint of booziness.
m - slick and medium.
o - super drinkable and the heat really accentuated the beer and was pleasant. very nice sipper. (396 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.24/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very impressive two fingers of light Carmel head rises on top of body is a deep rich brown in tone. Nose is full of dark fruits and sweet malts. This beer is full of creamy sweet dark fruits in the flavor. Bready and very approachable on the palate. This was a very surprisingly good beer. (295 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark honey brown with a small one finger white head. Very minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malts and dark fruits. Brown sugar, caramel, plums, dates.

T: Caramel and buttery brown sugar. A bit of dark fruits - plums, dates, raisins.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

O: Officially labeled an English Strong Ale. This one has a lot in common with a Scotch Ale or a Barley wine. A very nice ale. Perfect for a cold winter night after a big meal with a fire burning in the fireplace. (561 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.93/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mellow, smooth, unassuming strong ale, Dark Planet is good very cold but probably "warmed" to cellar-temperature, and likewise a nice option on a bracing wintry evening. Wafting a light aroma of thick dark bread and plums, the head is moderate but fat-bubbled, while the body itself it not especially effervescent, with small streams of tiny bubbles occasionally arising from the decent smattering of sediment. The taste itself is also plum-heavy, with collaborative elements of fig (even figgy pudding, really), and a bit of yeasty banana; subtle banana-bread and black-bread notes swirl in hints underneath those more prominent fruit currents. There's a little bitterness at the trailing edge, but it's minimally felt, and mostly this is a sweeter-side, brown-fruits-and-breads beer, which corresponds to its deeply brown color nicely.

Overall, I can't say that Dark Planet is mind-blowing, but I could see walking into a pub on a blustry, soggy, bone-chilling day and swallowing a few, surely and soundly, as I let the ale warm the organs and snuggle the cockles; and, as such, I hedge a little towards bonus stylistic points. It's very drinkable—damn the thing else—and more than does its job: minimal frills, no need for pairings or perusings, just a pint or three as a pillow to chilly nights. (1,312 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cherry burgundy; opaque. A half finger head that dissipates quickly. Foamy lacing.

S: Cherries, molasses, Belgian yeast, dates and raisins.

T: The Belgian yeast really comes through with apricots, plums and figs. Sticky sweet, almost cloyingly so. A nice bourbon finish. Alcohol creeps in. Better as it warms.

M: Medium with a medium carbonation.

O: I' d like this one a whole lot more if it weren't so freakin' sweet. Not bad, but definitely a one and done. Share with others so you won't have to drink it all yourself. (552 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Dark, almost opaque mahogany. Light white head dissipates quickly. Nice tracing.

S: Dried fruits. Spicy and Belgian. Smells like the best BDSAs. Raisins and candy sugar.

T/M: Thick, hugely present, but saved from stickiness by a light carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on, but the flavor is somewhat lackluster. Oddly, not much going on at all. Just fried fruit and molasses.

O: Just okay. There's not a lot going on, which is disappointing. (505 characters)

Dark Planet from Straight To Ale
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