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Dark Planet - Straight To Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
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Straight To Ale visit their website
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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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 5
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dark Planet from Straight To Ale
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