Absolute Darkness India Dark Ale - Vancouver Island Brewery
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RooferOnFire:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +22.8%
Appearance (What's On The Cover)- The second of their Brewer's Batch series, this IDA looks like you're in trouble. It features a black label with a story about our island's caves and the brewer's description of the beer for the uninitiated. It comes in a bomber only, with 6.5%abv and was poured into both a small keg taster and thin mug.
Appearance (What's Inside) - Turkish coffee with a nice head, excellent retention, and porter-like cream. Thicker than blackstrap molasses.
Smell - Distinctive floral and grassy hops right away with some chocolate undertones. A bit of a nose-clearing affect that I can't put my finger on. I'm thinking hibiscus. I'm not turned off in the least.
Taste- Roasted coffee hits you right away, but doesn't stay there. Beautifully floral hops accentuate all of what's going on here, and there is a lot happening. Coffee, grapefruit, grasses, rose are highlighted. Aftertaste of fruity and floral hops and chocolate porter that fade into the night.
Mouthfeel - Luscious with slight overcarbonation for the style, but not unpleasant for my palate. It is full, but most certainly not as chewy as anticipated. Enjoyable. Balanced.
This came recommended and I will not be sending it back. A decent endeavour into the IDA class by Vancouver Island. While it is not the hop bomb of a Phillip's Amnesiac or American beast, it doesn't pretend to be- it's a very well-balanced hybrid of a DIPA and CDA that offers something new with each taste, yet finishes clean.
Vancouver Island is a great, working-man's brewery, putting out classic beer styles for the not-so-masses that this roofer has enjoyed for a good long while. This is one of their initial forays into snobland, and they have done shockingly well. The only sadness that occurs is when you finish a bottle, as you know you can't drive to acquire more. Luckily, tomorrow awaits.
I may cellar a couple to see what happens to the hops.
03-25-2013 04:28:41 | More by RooferOnFire
More User Reviews:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.8/5 rDev +3%
A: Black with a light tan head, decent retention, leaves a bit of lace.
S: Fresh leafy hops, floral, grassy, bit of citrus. Hints of underlying roasted coffee & nuts.
T: Very green/fresh, a little more time for the hops to mellow might be an improvement here. Hops are very grassy, with light citrus & floral notes. Dark caramel, coffee & roasted nuts from the malt, solid bitterness.
M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight acidity.
O: A decent brew. The malt character is somewhat porter-like, so it's certainly more of a Cascadian dark than a black IPA.
03-21-2013 03:04:01 | More by Derek
Absolute Darkness India Dark Ale from Vancouver Island Brewery
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.