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Dark Energy - Hardknott Brewery

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Reviews: 2
Hads: 5
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 6.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Hardknott Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
English Porter | 4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 08-29-2011

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 03/2015, served lightly-chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours an nearly black colour, coming with a nicely formed and well-lasting khaki froth, while the carbonation comes at a moderate level.
S: a very nice aroma consists of sour-sweet dark fruits, dried berries, in conjunction with roast malts and aromatic chocolates with an almost smoky kind of intense kick to it, while the lively hop aroma also lends a good depth to the mix. Given a good swirl, black sugar, earthy dried hops (Willamette is said to be used here) and burned walnut notes also come to the surface, along with a consistent edge of good fruity acidity.
T: smooth on the entry, the fulsome flavour comes mainly roasty and even smoky with a deep & good intensity of bitterness from black malts, ensued by a clean-ish bitter finish underlined by chocolaty aroma and a fine, focused dark-fruit acidity overall. Very smooth in the finish. Hops are rendered well on top of a really robust but not heavy body of malts, lending light fruity fragrance but not in the same way as some American interpretations do.
M&O: smooth but also softly refreshing on the palate, the body remains full despite 4.9%abv., this porter is really well made and makes one want to keep on drinking it. And quaffable it really is! Can’t wait to try this beer freshly served on cask~~

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Label states that it is conditioned with live yeast. Also features trendy graphics and some blurb about physics....

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pitch black hue - absolutely no light passes through it. Chunks of white sediment can be seen floating near the edge of the glass. Produces a large head of light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of burnt/roasted grain with strong coffee notes and hints of chocolate, molasses and yeast.

Tastes of dark roasted malt with a dry finish. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, chocolate, molasses, dried fruit and a subtle spiciness. A flavour of burnt toast upon swallowing. No hop notes are discernible. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation and some dryness on the palate. Aftertaste of roasted grain and coffee.

Tasty - lots of roasted malt and coffee. An impressive flavour with a nicely rounded body. Perhaps a little two-dimensional, as the dark malt doesn't leave much room for anything else, but a solid effort. Well worth trying, particularly if you're a fan of dark ales.

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Dark Energy from Hardknott Brewery
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