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The Darkness - Beyond the Pale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bryehn on 12-01-2012

You think you've tasted a robust stout? Think again! The Darkness is an incredibly dark and creamy beer that will overwhelm the palate with loads of dark chocolate and coffee flavours.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by bryehn:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Steely, opaque black with a frothy, tan-colored head that leaves thick lacing and settles as a nice cap.

Roasted grains dominate the smell, but that’s countered by a bright berry tone. Dark chocolate and coffee aromas are also present.

Thick, dark roasted grain taste with an assertive coffee flavour and accompanying bitterness. Again it’s countered by a fruity note that hovers between citrus and berry in the finish.

Rather earthy mouthfeel overall and quite full bodied. Oatmeal and mild carbonation contribute to a creaminess on the tongue. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean, with bitter, roasted undertones.

Very hearty stout, has some solid imperial-like qualities to it. Perfect winter afternoon sipper, would pair excellently with chocolate, espresso, cheesecake with dessert, or roasted meats, potatoes, crackers and sharp cheeses beforehand.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 32oz growler into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a rich black color with a short, thick, creamy tan head that leaves lots of lacing as it settles to a creamy collar. A big nose full of roasted malt and hints of coffee and dark chocolate. On the palate, it’s still dominated by dark roasted grain and some espresso notes; sweet at first but dries right out with a pleasant hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation; rich, creamy and full. There is a ton of flavor and mouthfeel, especially considering its 5.6% ABV. This is one of the best stouts in Ottawa!

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Big thanks to mtomlins for sending this growler out west in a great trade.

A: Deeply black topped with a sand coloured head with a tight microfilm of bubbles.

S: Dry roasted coco nibs and espresso beans with dark malts topped off with a minor hoppiness on the back.

T: First flush there’s hard minerals followed quickly with espresso beans, ovaltine malt, smoked peat and drip coffee with a coffee bitters at the end.

M: Light mouth feel that doesn’t support the colour, scent or taste.

O: A brew that goes to show that dark beer doesn't need to be heavy.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body is a deep cola brown, bordering black and sharing its opaque properties. A fizzy finger's worth of light tan head fades just as fast as it forms. Dots of lace are left behind.

The nose is full of rich roasty goodness. Coffee beans and espresso scream freshness. Smooth notes of vanilla are knit in between. Gooey dark chocolate chips comes out on bigger inhales. A spoonful of cocoa plays off the dryness from the roast and the sweetness from the chocolate. What a great smelling stout!

Espresso and coffee beans paste themselves to the back of the palate, giving plenty of momentum to the pronounced dryness that follows which I liken to a dry stout. There's some chewiness in the middle, no doubt from the oats, and there is where you find the dark chocolate and glimpses of vanilla. It becomes richer as the beer warms. Their sweetness carries into the finish where its dryness continues.

It doesn't have that velvety, rich feel I've come to love and associate with the style. Its defining characteristic is its cutting dryness that cleans things up after each sip. It does however have a nice chewiness and richness that's hard to come by at its ABV level.

In its category as an oatmeal stout, it's good. As a stout in general, it's great. I really enjoyed the balance they struck between the sweetness from the chocolate characteristics and the dryness from the roasted malts.

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Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and espresso. Smells great!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of roasted malts, milk chocolate, a touch of espresso and some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Props to Beyond The Pale for this solid stout.

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On tap at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Poured black with a two finger creamy, thick, tan head. Good lace rings were thick and creamy with a half finger of retention.

S - Tons of roast and coffee. Really beautiful combo. Creamy milk chocolate and rich chocolate too. Well layered.

T - Less aggressive than the aroma. Lot's of chocolate again and dry roasted grain. Sweet but then quite drying.

M - Creamy feel. Dry roasty coffee to finish with nice mild carbonation.

O/D - A nice stout. Avoids being thin and packs a flavour punch for it's ABV. I've had Imperial Stouts with less flavour than this had. Nice and drinkable.

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The Darkness from Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
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