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Dark Fatha - Bent Brewstillery

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Dark Fatha
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 33.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bent Brewstillery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 11-05-2013)
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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark Fatha American Empirical Stout. (whatever that means). Brewed in Minnesota, brewed 7 bottled by Bent Brewstillery, Roseville, MN. Est. 2012. Alc. 9.3% by Vol, 57 IBU. SRM 60.

The label depicts Darth Vader in a pimp suit. Cute gag, but not sure of the point. Dark beer. Dark Lord of the Sith. Purple robes and chain, feathered hats…something got skipped.

It's solid blackness, that's for sure. Richly roasted tan head, lush and plush.

Aroma: many flavors unfolding. Molasses. Espresso. Cocoa nibs. Some anise. Dark rum. Nice.

Taste: Arrives rather cool on the palate, delivering dark fruit flavors, rich malt character, dry chocolate and coffee notes. Sweetness always held in check, kept at bay, nicely dry. I'd have to say medium-bodied, for it just isn't as full as we'd want from an Imperial Stout. But, no, this is an "Emperical Stout", which has to mean something. It's flavorful, and the alcohol has started to ring in for real and for true. It's like an Imperial Stout that doesn't want to go all the way. It's pussied out. Maybe there's a reason for not doing an Imperial Stout right?

Maybe it's on the label? "This distinctive hybrid beer style combines the crisp, clean feel of a light ale with the dark cocoa roasted smoothness of a stout."

With all due respect, that's one of the dumbest things I've read on a bottle of booze in a long time. Compared to a true Russian Imperial Stout, it's a dismal failure. Compared to this hybrid style nobody asked for, this American Emperical Stout, well, it's crashing success. I guess.

Me, I'm left feeling dull and deadening. All of the alcohol and none of the fun. I need the richness and fullness for a beer this boozy. Seriously, who asked for a hybrid of light and strong? Makes no sense. A poor decision.

Like having Darth Vader carry balloons in his hand and speak like Daffy Duck.
Or making Greedo shoot first. This one is weak with the force.

feloniousmonk, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +31.8%

Rich grain aromas remind me of the aromas around a malt house when the kiln is running and suggest the beer is very fresh. This precedes a big chocolate nose.
Pours pitch black with a 1/2" finely bubbled tan collar.
The palate is surprisingly light considering the rich black pour offering up a lot of graininess, lighter malt character and biscuit flavors with chocolate and a touch of roast. the darker malt and roast flavors work with rather than over whelming the grain flavors. A light astringency on the finish from the grain.
Very creamy smooth with a body just above medium and medium fine carbonation. Slightly warming but the alcohol is for the most part well hidden.

pat61, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Bravak
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Boy, wasn't sure what to expect, but definitely different. Love the label design, and first aroma was candied molasses, sweet and bitter in a way. Then it just started foaming and tasted oxidized, with sherry and wet cardboard flavors and aromas taking over.

Seemed like this was old or something. Unfortunately I could not finish.

Bravak, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of R1nzl3r
4.75/5  rDev +60.5%

Just had 2014 Dark Fatha. This year it is aged on bourbon barrels. Ill do a more detailed review later.

My initial impression is, this is a imperial stout age on bourbon barrels. Reminds me alot of the clown shoes line (Uni-dragons) with maybe a little less body. Then theres the bourbon taste, it almost has a cherry taste to it. Overall very good beer. I think this beer is a little "green" or "young" tasting. I think just sitting on the shelf for a month or two would really mellow it out and make it almost perfect.

I would give this beer a solid 87/100 as it stands, but in a month of mellowing, im guessing 89-90/100

This one will definitly be in my rotation.

R1nzl3r, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev +1.4%

IchLiebeBierZu, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of AdmiralOzone
1.39/5  rDev -53%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Was a little tentative about trying this after looking at the other reviews. But this brewery is within walking distance from where I work so I figured I'd risk the $8. Poured from a bomber into an Imperial pint glass, formed a large frothy head dark brown. This beer is dark and inviting.

Wait this doesn't smell quite right.

This beer tastes like nori (the seaweed that is used on some sushi). Another sip after it's warmed up a little more, I can't drink this.

Felt okay but I couldn't take a fourth sip. Drain pour.

I'm sorry but this is really bad. Can not recommend.

AdmiralOzone, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

DarthGuitarHero, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of SurlyDisciple
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

SurlyDisciple, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of VINCENTT
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

VINCENTT, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of JakeBarnett
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

JakeBarnett, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Snow81
4/5  rDev +35.1%

Snow81, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Showboat66
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Showboat66, May 25, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

PappyVans, May 25, 2014
Photo of Jeffrey2310
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Jeffrey2310, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of HoudiniRN
1/5  rDev -66.2%

HoudiniRN, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of cope0021
1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

cope0021, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Localdrinklax, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Zallen16
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Zallen16, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
3.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that quickly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A sweet and roasty dark malt driven aroma with hints of chocolate and toast. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, oats, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Sweet scent of burnt molasses. Also some hints of anise spice. Very faint hops. A decent stout aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, roasty, and burnt stout taste with notes of chocolate, oat, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of chocolate, dark coffee, burnt toast, oats, grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, smoke, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of burnt molasses. Slight notes of anise spice. Somewhat boozy. A decent taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly sticky. Some alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: Ok for a lighter version of a imperial stout. Kind of rough around the edges with the heavy charred presence but the taste is ok overall.

MattyG85, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of maximum12
1.45/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up recently on sale because hey, I like to try new, local beer that isn't outrageously priced. This wasn't too far off, but...hey. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark black, carbonation looks like it's been sucked away in the airless void. Smell weighs in favorably with chocolate, roast, though light on both.

Dark Fatha you are herewith served with a restraining order by my tastebuds. Good many-armed diety of Sycloth VI, what is this? Roast barely slows down going off the cliff into ashiness, which is something of a knock on ash. Coffee burnt on the bottom of the carafe, then left for a couple months, scraped off with a rusty nail, then poured into my glass - that's what this tastes like. I'd go on, but this is so mind-bendingly awful that I can't bear to take another sip.

Wow. I hate to be relentlessly negative, but really? Who thought it was a good idea to release this beer? I may have to destroy the glass it's in. The worst attempt at a beer I have had in a long time.

maximum12, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of hopazoid
1.75/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First I will answer a question in an earlier review asking if these guys were from Bent Paddle Brewery. That answer is NO. As for the beer the color was ok. The smell was less than average. The taste was AWFUL at best. I really don't have anything good to say about this beer. I took 3 sips then poured it down the drain along with the rest of the bottle.

hopazoid, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Stimulus199
1.48/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is nice - thick, chocolate head that fades quickly. Mouthfeel is extremely thin; flavor is... off. I don't know how to describe it. Tastes like stale homebrew. Very little resemblance to the traditional style. I ended up drain-pouring about 1/2 the bottle. Tough to swallow (literally and figuratively) at $8.99 a bomber.

Stimulus199, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of TCMike
4.06/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first beer from these newbies. Very impressed.

Produced a three finger, beige head. Beer color is so brown, that it's practically black.

The aroma is of roasted malts, and a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Not very strong, but nice.

Taste is similar, but it does have a hint of hop bitterness, and dry finnish. Has a lower, heavy body, and medium carbonation.

Yum!

TCMike, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
4.7/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

my first beer from "bent brewstillery" have never seen any other beers from them or have herd of them. pours black and slightly thick and oily in appearance, with a half inch dark khaki head. smells very roasted malty with some hints of dark chocolate, coffee and even a tad bit of molasses. the initial taste is typical of a r.i.s. just like the aroma, balanced for a imperial stout not too boozy, the carbonation is a little high in the mouthfeel - medium to medium high for a stout. the aftertaste of this beer is amazingly molassesy! the most molasses I have ever tasted in a beer but only in the after taste.... wow! I love the molasses in this pig!

Beerlover, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Hopstout, Dec 24, 2013
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Dark Fatha from Bent Brewstillery
73 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.