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After Dark - Nelson Brewing Company

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Nelson Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BKotch on 08-08-2002

Nelson After Dark is a dark, British-style Dark Mild Ale, lightly hopped and brewed with the finest imported dark roasted malted barley that gives the beer lovely chocolate overtones and smooth easy drinking character.
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 17
Photo of Bunman3
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a tasty brew from a solid brewery. NBC was making organic beer long before it was fashionable to do so, and they generally do it well. This is a rich ale, full of roasted malts, chocolate, and faint coffee notes. It looks good, smells of malt and dark fruit, and fills your mouth. It's a bit rough around the edges, but it provides a dry, somewhat warming finish. This is in my regular rotation when I'm the mood for something rich.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a standard pint glass at the Bottlehouse in Calgary. A murky flat chocolate brown brew with three fingers of frothy beige head.

Aroma is at once sweet, floral, earthy, and fruity. Prominent raisin-like sweet note, sour apple, rum, spicy perfume that recalls incense.

Palate is chocolate cake, light molasses, toasted dry nuts, biscuit, a slight cherry juice fruitiness, cola-like brown spice. Improves as it warms. A minor oxidized off-note that recalls cardboard. On the dry side.

Drinkable light body although the dark flavors create an impression of more heft. Carbonation on the high side for the style. Finishes dry and nutty with more sour apple esters and subdued earthy hops.

This one grew on me as I made my way through a can. Pleasant chocolate maltiness and dark fruit coupled with some earthy spice flavors to provide added interest. However, things might get dull if one actually tried a full session and the sweetness would probably get overbearing. Seems bulkier than your average mild.

Photo of Michelleyyz
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Had this out west. Really enjoyed it. WISH WE COULD HAVE IT IN ONTARIO!!!!

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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of souvenirs
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this beer when I first tried it over a year ago, back when it came in bottles instead of cans. Will my experience be the same now?

$10.95 plus deposit for six cans.

A: Deep reddish brown, a couple fingers of slow-dissipating tan head, clear but dark.

S: Dark fruits, caramel, nuts.

T: Fairly mild, as expected. Cocoa, maybe coffee, raisins. Bitter, metallic aftertaste.

F: Smooth and drinkable.

Photo of McBastard
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of leaddog
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with 1/4 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Plum, cherry, toffee, caramel, roasted nuttiness.

Taste- The plum, cherry, toffee, caramel are there nicely followed by the supporting roasted nuttiness. Malt forward with light hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carabonation.

Overall- An easy drinking English Dark Mild by Nelson. The roasted characteristic to the nuttiness makes this stand out. I would of liked to see a little more to the appearance (in particular the head) otherwise, this brew is session worthy.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of wordemupg
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 25/5/12

A murky cola with just enough clarity too see some bubbles but they don't do much for head or lace

S sour cherry, mild milk chocolate and just a little vinegar? smells a little off

T a little nutty on top of what I smell but has a off sour flavor that's pretty hard too miss and quite undesired

M thin and has a pop like fizz thing going for it, aftertaste is of cola and chocolate perhaps the aftertaste is the best part of this one

O I'm hoping for Nelsons sake this was an off bottle because its pretty lousy beer

pretty disappointing stuff that I doubt I'll ever drink again, I haven't had the best luck with this brewery so far

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured with minimal head which dissipated into a very fine layer. Dark root beer appearance.

S: Dark fruits, cherries, prunes and plums, together with dark chocolate and molasses.

T: Initial taste of sweet malts with cocoa. Fruits are less noticeable in taste then in scent. Slight acrid coffee flavour which is followed with a mild bitter hops finish.

M: Way to thin for this style. A heavier feel would definitely improve the overall enjoyability.

O: While not overly complex, the smell and taste of this beer are enjoyable but unfortunately are undone by a weak mouthfeel.

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of maclean25
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chilled mug. Some creamy light-brown head which quickly dissipates. The body has a clear dark red or brown colour.

I smell pear and sugary fruit cocktail malt. The flavour has a nutty quality (brazil nuts?) with slightly toasted grain. There is a sensation of what I would describe as a high (but not sharp) sweetness.

There is low carbonation. Some bitterness at first but balanced out later and little aftertaste. I consider it to have a light-medium body. Probably be a good session beer.

It was recommended to me by a co-worker whose daughter works at the brewery. I've tried several 6-packs of bottles over the last year but, overall, I don't particularly care for it. It seems to leave me with an oily feeling after I finish a bottle. It isn't a bad beer, but there is better out there.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle at the Sugarbowl, into an Alley Kat pint glass - close enough, I guess.

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown hue, with one finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which slowly melts away, leaving some nice twisted branch lace around the glass.

It smells of roasted malt, and a bit of savoury meatiness - more umami, than dead flesh, I suppose, a bit of dark fruit, a hint of nutty chocolate, and very plain earthy hops. The taste is toasted biscuit and bready malt, mild dark chocolate, fading and indistinct black fruit, and softly bitter earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is below average, though capable enough here, the body a slightly underfed medium weight, and generally smooth, with a tiny twinge of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the lingering toasty malt and cocoa notes countered by some equally persistent earthy hops.

An enjoyable English-style dark ale. Goes down with no problem whatsoever, but I do wonder about the 'mild' designation here - this just seems to fit right into the realm of normal, regular, plain, and what have you.

Photo of scott451
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear dark ruby brown. A one finger bubbly light tan head soon diminishes to a thin layer.

Smells of yeast and fruity malts. Tastes of chocolaty malts. Some prune. Very smooth. Sweet with a very mild hop finish. Overall mild but well balanced in flavour.

Medium body and carbonation. Creamy. A very pleasant mild dark ale. Very drinkable.

Photo of elricorico
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that is medium brown around the edges. The head was only one finger thick after an aggressive pour. Beige in colour, if fades to a thin cap after about a minute.

The smell is a mix of coffee, faint vanilla and tobacco smoke. I don't find it very sweet, more of an earthy dark malt aroma. Lots there, and not bad, but not the most appealing mix for my tastes.

Taste up front has a thin milky coffee flavour. This is followed by a bit of a porter sourness. Hints of dark grape juice. Finish goes through a dry baker's chocolate to tobacco smoke and ashes. Hops are there, but not strong, and the ash seems to top any bitterness in the lingering flavour. Certainly complex, I could probably keep adding to this section with every second sip.

Not a lot of carbonation to this one and the body is fairly thin, but together it seems to work for this beer. Not exceptional, but better than average. At least it avoids being fizzy.

I had myself fairly hyped for this beer, as I think Nelson Brewing has a lot of potential, and the reviews were favourable. I don't think it quite lived up to my hopes, but it is a solid, complex beer that I don't regret picking up.

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After Dark from Nelson Brewing Company
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