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Dark Prophet - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
83
good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 20
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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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!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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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.

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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
83 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.