Underdark - Intuition Ale Works

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Photo of Mangbus
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Boldenglishale
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of RonMexico
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at underdark release party in Jacksonville, FL. beer was served in an Underdark snifter. Pours an opaque black and has a beautiful, sweet smell with hints of oak wood and vanilla. A great local beer that is truly putting Jacksonville on the map, as far as craft beer is concerned.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
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. :)

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At the Intuition UnderDark release party, had an UnderDark on tap. It pours a very dark, flat black with a tannish head, taste is of vanilla and Bourbon, mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, very palatable, one of the best bourbon aged beers I've ever had. Got Three bottles for myself to take home!

Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recieved in a stouts BIF, thanks Beernads! Poured into a CCB snifter, jet black with a thin white head, light lacing. The aroma is chocolate, oak, light bourbon, coffee. Taste like it smells, with bourbon and oak coming through. Drinks very smooth for such a high ABV brew. Great beer! It is very well balanced, would love to try more from this brewery.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Pours pitch black with a small khaki head. Aroma of big roast, oak, chocolate. Flavor follows with some chocolate notes that sweeten up a beautiful medley of roasted malts and oaky barrel. There is some light bourbon sweetness here but it’s not a big, in your face bourbon. Body is thick, especially for only 8%, with medium carbonation. This was really good. Hope to try this again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by GT. Thanks bro. The beer is dark brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma is fabulous! Bourbon and roast. Huge oak bourbon presence. The flavor is great as well. So easy to drink. Abv hidden very well. Medium bodied and smooth. What a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger tan foam head in a black body. Head is little retention and little lacing

S: coffee, chocolate, licorice

T: starts with sweet caramel and chocolate. Some licorice notes. Finishes with oak and vanilla with a nice smokey note.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation

D: complex brew. I hope this one comes back.

Photo of nickfl
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of tan foam on a black body. Head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - coffee, chocolate, licorice, and a bit if rummy molasses and vanilla.

T - lots of sweet caramel and chocolate up front. Some spicy notes of licorice and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes with whiskey characteristics of vanilla, and oak with smoky coffee that lingers on the palate.

M - am oily, moderately thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - sweet, thick, and complex, a very nice barrel aged stout.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at release

Ap - Jet black body, thin khaki ring that leaves no lace.

Ar - Oak, deep chocolate, a slight metallic hint.

T - Chocolate, vanilla, oak, some bourbon-y notes as it warms.

M - Medium to full bodied, slight alcohol dryness, still retaining a slick profile.

O - Very good chocolate/vanilla stout. Oak isn't as prevalent as I'd hoped. Wonder what some time will do..

Photo of helios7
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rating is for the 2013 vintage.

Underdark from Intuition Ale Works
94 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.