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Underdark - Intuition Ale Works

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 89
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 2.01%
Wants: 29
Gots: 19 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Intuition Ale Works visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nickfl on 11-17-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 89
Reviews by Aiptasia:
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4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me preface my review by stating that i'm not a gigantic fan of barrel aged beers. The woody notes that most barrel aged beers doesn't lend well to the styles that I love. I decided to sample this beer last night during Intuition's new release party after a friend lended me a taste and i'm damn glad that I did. It was served up in a brandy snifter right off the tap.

A: Settles inky-wet in the glass with a soft porcini mushroom brown foam halo around the inner rim of the glass.

S: Perfect choice of serving vessil. The scent is reminiscent of fine burbon, coffee and star anise. You just want to keep smelling it gently while you sip.

T: The taste is rich without being dense, you will get the burbon barrel flavorings up front with enough hops to counter the alcohol. Liquorice and toffee kick the tongue and then fade to a vanilla on the back end. It's like the most delicious boilermaker i've ever had.

M: The alcohol level and whiskey taste caution you to sip this one like a single malt whiskey, yet it's safe to enjoy freely. Finishes dry and peppery/spicy.

O: Absolutely outstanding. Could possibly be the best stout i've ever had. I bought two growlers of it. :) (1,183 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to rbradley & moose3285 for dropping bottles of this on my almost simultaneously. 22 oz. bottle that appears to consciously invoke H.P. Lovecraft, which I approve of heartily, split with my wife.

The pour is black with underlayment of brown & black & dark. I don’t see any oak shards, but there’s minimal carbonation. There’s more wood in the nose than any beer I’ve had in recent memory, with a head-sized dollop of chocolate. Like walking into Home Ghiradelli Depot on a warm August day & breathing deep. Interesting & unique.

Underdark wallops my sense of a big stout & sends it out into the snow to die. 150’ board feet of oak brings a dry, wry, sawdust feel to the sweetness of the stout, & I find myself sans saliva for the foreseeable future. Woven into the raw cabinetry is bourbon – not so much bourbon as a sense of bourbon that tickles the nose, numbs the top of the mouth, & brings a drunken smile to the face. The downslope is honey sweetness, a lower dose of chocolate than the aroma promised, vanilla, low flat bitterness (hops or cocoa?). I’m sucking on this like it’s God’s Own Milk.

This is just like that time in Cumberland, Wisconsin…but that’s a story for close friends not easily offended. Suffice to say I love surprises with upside, & this was another Omni Theater (hey, another Cumberland reference, hahaha!). This is an elite beer, one of those rare "Holy Fuck, What Is This" brews that come out of nowhere. So happy to have another bottle, salut! (1,508 characters)

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Mangbus
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had both 2014 and 2015 on tap at the brewery for Underdark Day 2015.

Quick reviews:
2014 was drinking great. Still has the right amount of barrel and overall complexity that makes this one great.
2015 was a bit fresh and more oak forward (thanks to the 25% of the batch being aged in oak barrels.) This was a new blend and I did enjoy it. Still complex and rich. (364 characters)

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRon_T
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of dsauter
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of mlhyatt
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Boldenglishale
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on release day and just the other night. It was alot better to me this time, alot better...The best stout in North Jax hands down. (146 characters)

Photo of RayReed522
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery. Poured into a snifter. Small head, low retention. Black body. Soapy lacing, small bubbles. Aroma dominated by coffee, slight vanilla and molasses and just a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Very thick. Taste has nice coffee, touch of chocolate and vanilla, lots of roasted malts. Plenty of complexity but I think more layers will be added to the mix with additional aging in the bottle. Alcohol is well hidden. Deep. Dark. Mysterious. Perfect name, spectacular beer. (506 characters)

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of pmangold
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digita7693
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dsauter for sending this extra beer! Thanks Danny!

2012 vintage; purple waxed bomber poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from noted 4/5/2013.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of tan colored head. Head drops down to thin cap.

Smell: Chocolate and oak. Cinnamon and bourbon. Black licorice.

Taste: Hint of bourbon sweetness upfront. Chocolately. Mild char and smoke notes. Mild oak and a hint of fruity yeast and dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Really smooth. drinks its ABV. No booziness or heat noted from the ABV. So drinkable for a barrel aged stout.

Overall: This is a really great beer from Intuition Ale Works. I was really impressed with the king street stout and I believe this is the barrel aged version of king street stout. Love how smooth this beer is. Flavorful, balanced, complex beer; great beer from florida! (909 characters)

Photo of T_Hass
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Underdark from Intuition Ale Works
93 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.