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Dark Prophet - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
83
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90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 11
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 02-21-2012)
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

hopfacebrew, May 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Cynic-ale, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

chinchill, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jtladner, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

VikingsFan1215, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

biboergosum, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

AlexChillton, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Sammy, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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

dbossman, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Rymish, May 29, 2012
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3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

russpowell, May 31, 2013
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2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Vonerichs, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

itsthepleats, May 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

blindpiggie, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

incubuscience, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

stampfler07, Apr 02, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

largadeer, Mar 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

kylemckinnis, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

cestlavie, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TheBishopco, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

DrinkSlurm, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MinorThreat, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

rbrefbeerman, Apr 02, 2012
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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.