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Darkness Prevails - Idle Hands Craft Ales

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very good

19 Ratings

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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Idle Hands Craft Ales visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Barrel-Aged Belgian Stout

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-03-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

bruindre, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

nkelley77, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jlindros, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

AndyAvalanche, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

stevec32, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Dfrittsy, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jason, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kmlund, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Davepoolesque, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dunix, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

PEIhop, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

iL0VEbeer, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Batch 2 on November 24, 2013

The beer pours some very light head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark purple that borders on black. The smell has very strong oak notes that crowd out the other notes a little bit. The other slight notes consist of sweet malts, sweet chocolate with a bit of caramel, and a bit of roasted malts as well. The smell also has a funk note that appears to be a mix of cherry and granny smith apples that mix with the oak and could be mistaken for the oak. The taste is very complex with various notes mixing with one another. The fun consists of a cherry tart with a bit of oak around the edges. The caramel chocolate, sweet malts, and roasted malts are there but still faint. The mouthfeel has very little carbonation and is heavy bodied. The beer goes down fairly smooth. Overall, a fairly decent addition and good considering how long it must have been aging in the bottle.

HattedClassic, Apr 08, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a chocolaty black color, like a mocha midnight. The beer pours with a finger’s width head of dark khaki bubbles, which leaves a lacing of splotchy bubble clouds on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells tart and lightly roasty, with the tartness siding towards sweet cherry filling with green apple nuances while the roast is chocolaty and smooth. There is a light metallic smell as well in the beer and some definite whiffs of oak but no defined bourbon smells. On the tongue the beer tastes tart up front but opens into smooth roasted sweetness with a touch of salt and bitter roast followed by a slight medicinal bitter. Flavors begin as tart green apple and move into cherry fruit leather before opening into sweet and lightly roasted malts. The finish is tart and strange, moving from cherry leather to green apple, to roasted caramel to bitter chemicals. The aftertaste is lightly tart with a slight coffee roast in the mouth and a faint touch of sticky tannins from the oak. In the mouth the beer feels on the heavy side of medium with a smooth velvety carbonation that caresses the tongue, but feels a bit too slick on the tongue. I’ve also had this beer on tap at the brewery, and I must say that it is a completely different animal on tap. In the bottle the funk is reserved and slightly metallic but on tap it had a big fruity funk that blended beautifully with the roasted stout qualities of the beer. This beer is by no means bad from the bottle though. The flavors are subdued and simple, and I still get no bourbon flavors in any part of the beer except for maybe a ghost of booziness that is only present when you really look for it, but it is still tasty. This beer also covers its 8% ABV masterfully, but from the bottle it fails to really explode in complex and funky flavors, which is a little disappointing. It is a nice mellow stout with a tart twist, but I highly advise anyone that can to search out this beer on tap. It is even better that way. If you have a bottle of this, I would advise sitting the bottle down for at least another year in the cellar so that the funk can develop more in the beer.

Maxwell, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JAHMUR, Mar 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

vonnegut21, Feb 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

DonFrap, Jul 09, 2013
Darkness Prevails from Idle Hands Craft Ales
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.