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Dark Prophet - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
81
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

roblund, May 18, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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
Photo of pokesbeerdude
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 AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

AgentZero, Apr 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

rbrefbeerman, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

mikereaser, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of stakem
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

stakem, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Sean9689, Mar 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

siddhartha, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Photo of StonedTrippin
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
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

FishPondManager, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kiki3drt292, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

RuckusDu, Feb 29, 2012
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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
81 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.