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Dark Prophet - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
82
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Funkwerks visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 02-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 20
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper hue with a big and solid and thick head and good lacing

S: Subtle fruit--cherries, raisins; even a bit tart and musty and grassy with a touch of funk, oak, and bourbon

T: musty and funky with just a touch of oak and bourbon; tart and fruity and cheesy; some bready malts but there's some definite musty funk here with a spicy finish

F: Medium body and pretty creamy

O: A musty, funky, malty Belgian--another solid beer from these guys

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark red amber with an excellent head.

Strange aroma is tart, fruity (including apricot) and mildly acerbic.

Flavor largely follows and is also mildly tart, but with a balance of bitter and sweet as well. A lot going on but not completely integrated or balanced.

Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.17.13

A - Pours a dark medium brown with a large foamy dark tan head with great retention.

S - Belgian yeast, cola, spice, dark fruit.

T - Spices, Belgian yeast, hop bite, burnt toast, carmelized sugars, wood.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Belgian dark with lots of spices, lighter for the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent hazel color with 3+ fingers of tan head. Copious lacing & head retention , hazes up a bit as the bottle is drained

S: Dark fruit & Bourbon, plums,

T: Follows the nose, nice figgyness & raisins, dryness up front. Oaky dryness, faint coffee, vanilla & Bourbon notes as this warms. Finishes oaky, figgy with Bourbon, & faint coffee notes

MF: Medium, bodied, slight carbonation, very warming, carbonation turns a bit creamier as this warms, Dry & warming as it wraps its big dark arms around you

A good slant on thse style, bottle says you can let this cellar for 5 years, I believe it has at least 3 good years to be sure, but I don't usually have the patience for that. Yours will be rewarded I'm sure if you do, still damn tasty as it is now. Split this with 3 or 4 friends, this beer is a load!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Deep caramel brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good, especially for the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Overall, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian beers being aged in bourbon barrels, but this one seems to have a good balance. The bourbon adds just a light leathery component with hints of earth and mineral. The base gives mainly dark fruits - currant, plum, raisin, figs, and dates. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Oak and vanilla underneath. It's good, but I'm not sure the barrel makes this any better.

3.0 T: The taste sees the bourbon take a larger role. Instead of complementing the brew, it interferes with the base flavors. It just doesn't work. Boozy with leather and mineral. A moderate amount of astringency as well. The dark fruits found in the nose are there, but they fall second to the bourbon. Same goes with the molasses, caramel, and brown sugar.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Nice creaminess. This would be great here, but the astringency lingers on the finish.

2.75 D: Another example of a perfectly fine beer being overrun by a barrel. Belgian and bourbon rarely works well and this is just another example of this.

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, another awesome goodie brought back from greater Denver by doktorzee this past week. It's actually more near the diurnal opposite of everything espoused on the label. Oh well.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red brickish amber colour, with three fingers of very tightly foamy, quite creamy beige head, which leaves a half-wall of broadly splattered soap-scum lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, astringently woody whisky notes, sort of stripped of their overt bourbon booze associations, though the vanilla and spicy does come through, with some faint dry red wine notes, and a soft black fruitiness. The taste is bready caramel malt, a muddled dark orchard fruitiness, faint earthy yeast notes, tame dry cocoa, and subtly woody oak.

The bubbles are rather soft and understated, the body a decent medium weight, and agreeably smooth, despite the intransigence of the wood and lingering acidic fruit esters. It finishes off-dry, the caramel and barrel essences providing a certain offsetting wavering sweetness.

An agreeable enough new world version of this veritable Belgian style, slightly enhanced (Iron Man style!) by the Yankee preponderance for gaming the system, what with the bourbon barrel treatment. Saying that, the mostly ethereal quality here is the near 10 points of ABV. Huh - good on them, I suppose.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This seems sacrilegious... Not the beer, but the current rating on the beer and the fact that people could rate this below 3.0.

What the hell?

Personally, I enjoyed this beer. A bit costly, I agree. But I am very pleased with it's balance above all things. There was a lot of thought put into this to make sure the beer shines in all the directions it should.

Pours a nice deep amber brown, verging on a bit of a heavy rust color when held to the light. The head sticks around as a good, thin slightly dark khaki.

Smells slightly earthy, slightly boozy, with a bit of whisky. There is a really nice brown sugar, molasses scent to it and there is a dark fruit presence with maybe a hint of candied raisins. The smell is pretty gentle. The sweet candied smell is the most prominent. Maybe a hint of oak to it.

The taste brings in dark fruits and earth, it's almost immediately a bit dirty in taste which intermingles with the base of bourbon which is not immediately sweet either. I taste a little brown sugar, a little molasses, caramel and even smaller amount of chocolate. And what chocolate there is, it is very dark and dry. I get some of the candied raisin coming through and the booze kind of over hangs once you get into about the halfway point. A great oak flavor which dries out with a very great subtle vanilla character.

The last thing on taste I have to point out is that there is an odd saison sort of thing lingering in with the body. Go figure... Funkwerks does saisons! Tons of saisons and how is one not to expect a little saison in this... maybe the bottle even mentions this. And mentioning this I have to say that maybe this is a bit of a duel beer. It does noticeably make me think of a few, really nice lighter bodied Belgian dark ales I have had. While at the same time it is reminiscent of a few dark saisons I have had. It's a crossroads sort of beer.

Getting into the body, it is light for the alcohol content, but not watery or dull. The body matches perfectly with the mellow and even flavors that come through. It's not overly warmed by the booze and that matches the body as well.

One thing I have to give high praise to is blend. If this were a full on bourbon barrel, it would be blinded. It would likely be nothing but bourbon. But the blending and partial aging was a good idea. It adds flavor but lets the rest of the elements come through.

I wish the flavors were a bit more vigorous overall, but I think it is very good Belgian style. I will be buying this agin to cellar for a bit as mentioned on the bottle. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy a good saison... and a good Belgian dark.

Photo of cvm4
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a deep dark tea in color with a light khaki head.

S - Sweet bourbon & oak, light yeast, pomegranate and vanilla.

T - Sweet throughout, bourbon shows up, molasses, some charred notes and dark cherries.

M - Medium mouthfeel & carbonation. A bit cloying.

O - A bit muddled, somewhat of a mess and very sweet throughout.

Photo of Yokoono76
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: beautiful dark chestnut color, thick head quickly dissipates. Some sludgy cloudiness halfway though glassful.

S: reminds me of muscat grapes, but not as sweet. Also has a slight banana scent. Overall, a nice aroma. Heavy alcohol on the nose. My husband commented part way through the tasting, " reminds me of aqua net, with the fruity alcohol scent".

T: definitely taste the bourbon! nice coffee notes, dark cherry, roasted malt, slightly nutty, metallic feel on the tongue after swallowing, a mild sweetness that I can't identify.... Maybe grapes? Can taste the alcohol after ingesting, but not overwhelming.

M: nice hearty and heavy feel. Carbonation compliments the heaviness of the brew.

O: my first impression is confused, my palate doesn't really know what to do. The initial swig doesn't taste the best. However, some other flavors do surface like a rich coffee, dark cherry flavor follwed by a roasted malt... I like that part! I think I paid $15 for the bottle, if it were less expensive I might buy it just for variety, but this would otherwise not be something I would buy again. It's not a bad beer, but its not a great beer either. it's certiainly unique, but something just doesn't speak to me. It leaves me wanting... There is no prophetic message here.

Photo of Vonerichs
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hazy and flat caramel color body.

It has an odd aroma that's a combination of wet leaves, vanilla, and funky yeast.

Yuck. This combination does not work well at all. The funk and bourbon notes clash and what's left is a foul musty taste of compost.

Mouthfeel is viscous but flat.

It's just a mess of a beer that I couldn't recommend to anyone.

Photo of denver10
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Redoing this this review for the 2013 version. Not sure if its a development of my palette or that this years version is a significant improvement (I would guess its my palette coming around to it), but I really dig this years version a lot more than last years.

Pours a chestnut, mahogany with a reddish hue and a nice light brown head. A nice big aroma; nice, sweet bourbon, some smooth dark cherries, pomegranate, some dark bread, oak, and sugary vanilla. Flavor offers bourbon (though the bourbon came out much stronger on tap than it did via the bottle), oak, dark cherries, dates, caramel, and some vanilla in the finish. A fuller mouthfeel, not too carbonated. Overall, enjoyed this so much more this year than last years. Also enjoyed this more on tap than from the bottle. Glad I gave this a second chance for sure.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown color with an off-white head. Strong barrel and vanilla aromas with a mild roasted malt note. Plenty of toast, bread, toffee, and chocolate with some nice dark fruit character. The flavor is quite sweet with lots of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Good barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla, only a mild oak flavor. A touch of roasted malt and a nice chocolate quality to it.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting that reviews are all over the place on this one. Finally managed to score a bottle, #75/625, poured to tulip. The beer pours a deep dark mahogany color with a nice 3 finger beige head with unreal retention and lacing. Looks phenomenal. The nose is rather complex, a blend of vanilla, plum, raisins are most prevalent. The flavor follows suit with again the dark fruits most dominant. Hints of toffee, cocoa. Not a lot of saison character, more similar to a belgian dark (edit: which is how it's listed here on BA). The barrel aging allows for a mild oak flavor. A lot going on here. Enjoyable. Higher end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, very enjoyable and different. Glad to have purchased.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. Into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. $15. Bottle 261/675.

A: Pours a muddy brown in color with a khaki colored head that foams up to an inch and a half and doesn't want to fade away. Very cloudy and murky. Nice spots of lacing left behind as the head slowly dies.

S: Interesting smells, fair amount of vanilla and spicy saison yeast mixes with roasted barley and chocolate. Fair amount of caramel and oak. Not a ton of bourbon but there are some whiskey notes. Interesting.

T: Definitely an odd beer here, charred barley, caramel and a bit of bourbon. Slight little bit of chocolate in there too, but there isn't any residual sweetness, as the yeast here is highly attenuative. Oak and bourbon linger around on the tongue and make for an odd, but enjoyable beer. Yeast profile is not really what I'd expect in a dark beer, but it works.

M: Light in body with huge carbonation, finish is dry and slightly boozy.

O: I'm used to bourbon barrel beers being much sweeter, but this beer is quite dry. Interesting stuff with some true character. It will be interesting to see how these bottles continue to age.

Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Brown colored beer with a tan head and a bit of a tan head. Left some spots on the sides.

S - Chocolate, booze, herbal notes, booze, oak, chocolate. There's a lot of stuff going on in this

T - Too much strange stuff in this. I think this is infected. Chocolate saison? Yeasty BA barleywine? What is this stuff? A mix of styles that doesn't really mix.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit creamy.

O - Didn't care for this beer. Believe it's infected. If it's not, then it's just strange and not very good.

Photo of stakem
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark hazed brown with a finger of mocha-tan head. It holds with a finger strength and produces patchy lacing on the glass. A swirl revives a finger of froth effortlessly.

The smell of this brew is mineral-filled. A bit of citrus and roasted chocolate malt is present. As it warms up, a slight vanilla sweetness is felt which reveals the only inclination that this was a barrel aged brew. The expected yeast character was pretty much absent and left the aroma void of any distinguishing character.

The taste is as mineral filled as the aroma leads you to believe which is quite disappointing. It almost contains a veggie quality of funk about it that doesn't mingle too well with the mineral flavoring. A hint of chocolate malt comes forward mid palate with a bit of spicy alcohol and warmth. The aftertaste includes a touch of raisony alcohol that blends into a dry darker fruit flavor. A faint amount of something citrus like lemon is the last thing noted.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall this was a muddled mineral-enriched mess of a brew no matter how you twist it. I didnt really feel any saison character about this. The residual sweetness and minerals clash with way too much focus on atypical and unexpected character. I am appreciative of the chance to try this brew but it isn't something I would want to pay for or have again.

Photo of Sean9689
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours darker brown in color, tan head, spotty lace, thick cap.

S - Sweet and sour, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, some chocolate, big booze, oak. This beer is all over the place and I don't think it even knows what it wants to be.

T - Simliar to the nose...very confusing. Belgian yeast, notes of a stout, notes of a barleywine, and notes of a saison. I guess if you throw a bunch of different styles together, you get this beer? Dark fruity, oak, booze, light tartness, carmel. I'm confused.

M - Medium to full body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not sure what to say about this beer, expect it confuses me. It's some hybrid style "A mahogany saison with flavors of dark fruits and chocolate that was aged in oak bourbon barrels adding warmth to the finish." That said, I won't be having it again.

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Nick! Reddish brown body with a thick eggshell colored head.

Fruit forward nose; pear and red grape, brown sugar, bourbon barrel and mild leathery funk.

Grainy, tannic palate with some nice fruitiness. Red apples and pears, brown sugar, caramelized banana. Pretty sweet with a big barrel presence, very tannic, some astringency in the finish. A good beer, but it feels somewhat unfocused or muddled. Not sure if the combination of farmhouse yeast and bourbon barrel is harmonious.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

still waiting for an average funkwerks brew, everything they do is epic. this one pours a hazy deep brown color with a robust off white head. smells like heaven, overripe fruit, toffee, yeast, and the nectar of god. flavor is memorable and different. picking up rich people's candy, licorice, cigar smoke, and bursting ripe purple plums. this is friggen world class! feel is unbeatable. growing effervescent bright yeast bubbling cauldron of alcoholic halloweeny glory. aftertaste hangs on forever. this was easily worth 16 bucks, although i wish they wouldnt do that. this beer rocks, and it is a mandatory try, i am fully impressed! (again, the aftertaste hangs out forever, enriching he patient drinker again and again)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Missed my monthly tasting party where this was sampled, so I had to get my own. 2012 bottling to Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark black, maybe some rootbeer color when held up to the light. Head was huge and a light tan/beige in color. Some decent lacing.

S - Interesting and lots of deliciousness. Some vanilla, funky sourness, and goodness. I don't know why I can't put my finger on the smells, but they are good.

T - I feel like there is too much going on here. The barrel aging is pretty average. Don't get a lot of saison. Some darker fruits like dates. Maybe some chocolate or toffee.

M - Solid body and average carbonation. It was good.

O - It is very drinkable despite a lot of crazy things going on. Overall, I would say this beer is better than it's parts, but can't give it more than a 4. I like it and mostly can't say why.

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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.