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Dark Fatha - Bent Brewstillery

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Dark Fatha
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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 30.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.14/5  rDev +7.9%

Described as, "The best mistake that (they) ever made", this American 'Emperial' Stout borrows layers the roasted taste of stout on a lighter and drier malt base than is usual. Its results really bring the roast to the forefront.

The black beer pours with an ominous and opaque attitude. Its large mocha-stained column of foam races to the rim with a moussey appearance. Nearly complete in its retention, its froth is equipped with scattered lace that trails in the beer's wake.

Sharp roasty aromas are of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted walnuts and the campfire scent of burnt embers. Charred dark fruit and an aggressive earthy scent reminds the nose of cut grass and pine cones. A sharp peppery note tingles the nose heading into that first daring sip.

Bold roasty sweetness of burnt sugars could be of molasses or brown sugar, just ahead of bitter chocolate, nutty bitterness and ground espresso. Smooth and stern early on, the beer develops added char flavor in the later half of taste with elements of fresh-cracked peppercorns, ash, vinous tartness and medicine- especially as the grain alcohol flavor sets in. Bitter in its finish, its bite comes from roast-derived bitterness and pithy, citrusy, resiny and grassy hops.

Its short-lived sweetness proves to be fast-fleeting in order to allow this full-bodied ale to dry in quick fashion. After the carbonation wisps away the sweetness, what's left is a lot of ash and burnt vegetative taste. Burnt grass, burnt fruit and burnt wood leads to a spicy and astringent finish with sour wine acidity.

Where this curious, aggressive and intimidating beer has a lot of promise, it has some serious roughness around the edges. Somewhat out of control, age should temper its energy and smoothen out.

11-05-2013 17:29:54 | More by BEERchitect
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.71/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

07-28-2014 04:27:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +28.9%

11-22-2013 03:10:01 | More by XmnwildX12
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maximum12

Minnesota

1.45/5  rDev -50.2%

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.

01-19-2014 03:05:34 | More by maximum12
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev +27.5%

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.

01-28-2014 08:10:43 | More by MattyG85
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

03-17-2014 06:49:07 | More by Localdrinklax
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +3.1%

12-24-2013 02:44:06 | More by Hopstout
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +28.9%

07-19-2014 11:30:41 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +57.7%

my first beer from "bent brewstillery" are these the same guys as "bent paddle"? 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!

12-26-2013 00:41:43 | More by Beerlover
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-25-2014 04:39:51 | More by PappyVans
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +3.1%

04-13-2014 22:26:32 | More by Jeffrey2310
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +3.1%

08-03-2014 18:12:04 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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Snow81

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +37.5%

06-07-2014 04:00:30 | More by Snow81
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JakeBarnett

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

06-13-2014 19:49:06 | More by JakeBarnett
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TCMike

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +39.5%

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!

01-04-2014 01:06:07 | More by TCMike
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AdmiralOzone

Minnesota

1.39/5  rDev -52.2%

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.

07-25-2014 20:20:30 | More by AdmiralOzone
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hopazoid

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

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.

01-10-2014 06:37:21 | More by hopazoid
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Showboat66

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +3.1%

05-25-2014 14:04:06 | More by Showboat66
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HoudiniRN

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -31.3%

04-11-2014 20:22:34 | More by HoudiniRN
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SurlyDisciple

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +28.9%

06-22-2014 05:56:43 | More by SurlyDisciple
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Zallen16

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-27-2014 17:11:10 | More by Zallen16
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cope0021

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -48.5%

03-25-2014 00:14:37 | More by cope0021
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Stimulus199

Minnesota

1.48/5  rDev -49.1%

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.

01-06-2014 22:07:13 | More by Stimulus199
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VINCENTT


2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

06-14-2014 00:20:39 | More by VINCENTT
Dark Fatha from Bent Brewstillery
72 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.