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Dark Prophet - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
83
good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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)

StonedTrippin, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Misanthropy_Sipping, Apr 10, 2013
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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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

pokesbeerdude, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.