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Dark Prophet - Funkwerks

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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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2/5  rDev -45.2%

siddhartha, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of stakem
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%

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.

stakem, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%

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.

AgentZero, Apr 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

blindpiggie, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

Sean9689, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%

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  rDev -17.8%

sweemzander, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

JohnnieNepal, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

dhbiker0889, Nov 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Twal, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Yokoono76
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

Yokoono76, Mar 10, 2013
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3.14/5  rDev -14%

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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

crobinso, Jul 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

CanisMajor, Apr 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Kuemmelbrau, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

DerwinWentworth, May 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

AlexFields, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Haybeerman, May 05, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

cvm4, Apr 06, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -6.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

AlexChillton, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Rymish, May 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

itsthepleats, May 18, 2013
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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.