The Darkness - Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mtomlins:
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
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!
Serving type: growler
12-19-2013 18:10:59 | More by mtomlins
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
02-25-2014 01:40:38 | More by ludachris
4.09/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-14-2013 14:37:13 | More by tbeckett
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
Serving type: growler
12-01-2012 17:39:06 | More by bryehn
The Darkness from Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.