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Dark And Stormy Night - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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76
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picaroons Brewing Co. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mrmanning on 07-03-2008)
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3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. Two things - one, I can't help but say the name of this offering with an Aussie inflection - and two, they collaborated with malt producers from Bamberg for this? Should I be expecting something over the top smoky?

This beer pours a clear, red-brick amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent array of 'climate change' iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, kind of doughy, and slightly roasted caramel malt, a hint of oily bar-top nuts (the usual sort, eh, Beer Rev YEG?), some ethereal mocha notes, and weak leafy, weedy noble hops - not getting any of the purported dunkel essences, no matter where in Germany their influence originates. The taste is a bit more evocative - the malt divided equally between the roasted pale/caramel malt and the wanly spicy wheat contingents, the nuttiness retaining its neutral state, a bit of stale cocoa and day-old coffee seeping through, with a still barely noteworthy leafy, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, just a wee unsubstantiated burble for the most part, the body a not-quite medium weight, and smooth, sure, but it ain't the alcohol that pushes in with that weird metallic scourge. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel, barley, and mixed coffee shop sweetness winning the day.

I should have known from the label description that this could turn out to be a bit of a hot (but not in that way) mess. Really, a 'dunkel', from Bamberg tutoring, no less, welded onto a traditional English ale (so here in Canada, Trad from Big Rock, then?). Fails abound, no lie, the German association is not even particularly wheaty, let alone a smoke-filled miasma, as I might have been coerced into being led into believing. Not a bad brew overall, just nothing like what the marketing arm sai- oh, right.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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2.29/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the liquor store on PEI
Pours a crystal clear dark brown with ruby at the edges and a wispy off white head that dissipates quickly. Butter caramel and toffee dominate the aroma, with traces of dish soap. I find no weizen or hops in the aroma of this brew. The flavor isn't much better than the aroma. Buttery burnt caramel with a soapy edge. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. I'm not sure what they were shooting for here, but its safe to say they missed.

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2.08/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours nicely with a nice dark color - like a stout. Smells very sour - reminds me of a bad batch of homebrew (I am an avid homebrewer who has had a few infected batches before, and this remind me of those batches).

Tastes sour. Lactic acid like. I am assuming that is intended, since this is the third time I have tried this beer. Terrible sour lactic acid taste.

I'd rather drink a coors light, and that is saying something. I wasted my money on this one three times... I love Picaroons (ie, best bitter and winter warmer), but this is terrible.

I must admit I've never had a dunkel (not available near me). I have had many english ales, and brew mostly english style ales. To me, this is just too damn sour.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You'd imagine a beer called 'Dark and Stormy Night' to be cloudy and turbid, black and opaque, but this ale is actually a fair mahogany brown colour and reveals splendid clarity in select places. It's a lighter tone than expected. It also has no signs precipitation; its surface is flat and barren.

The brewery describes this as a "stylistic hybrid of an English brown ale and a German dunkel weizen". I totally get the 'dunkel' part but not the 'weizen'; the aroma has a considerably strong malty sweetness and toasted notes of bread crusts and nuts, but absolutely no trace of yeast (and hence no esters or phenols, nothing remotely clove- or banana-like).

The taste further emphasizes what is smelled in the aroma; it features primarily hearty Munich malt (with melanoidins reminiscent of bread crusts) and a moderate cola flavour. It's entirely barley-driven (no wheat). The aftertaste has vague, fleeting notes of dark purple fruits (currants, plums, raisins) that are mixed in amongst equally subtle hints of cocoa and toffee.

Unfortunately there's little in the texture to denote chocolate or caramel. There's only enough roastiness to replicate toasted dark bread, nothing remotely strong enough to evoke coffee. I still don't get any wheat malt at all; it's not terribly engaging on the palate and can, on some sips, have the kind of one dimensional and borderline syrupy qualities of an extract-based brew.

Nonetheless, it is a refreshing, agreeable, and adequately malty beer that I am rather enjoying. I'd still advise the brewery, however, to revisit how it's promoted or else how it's made; there's no overtly stout- or dunkelweizen-like characteristics detected at all. Mind you, I don't really care - I rather appreciate its originality - but it strikes me as not exactly what the brewery intended.

Contrary to Picaroons' intentions, Dark and Stormy Night does not "provide all the rich flavours of a stout or porter with the easy drinkability of a wheat beer"; it lacks the quantity of the former and the quality of the latter. It has only a mild, trifling amount of roast and nowhere near the spice, fruit, or effervescence of a dunkelweizen. Nice beer, but not what's advertised.

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3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lumpy, light beige head which plentiful webby lace. The broth is deep brown, but light passes easily. Hard to be positive, but I think it is clear.

Smells of caramelized brown sugar and a bit of molasses. Some yeast in the back of the nose, too. No wheat nor hop aroma.

The taste is drier than the smell indicates, although the swallow brings out some of the sweetness. Again, there is little wheat flavor. The body is somewhat chewy but the carbonation is appropriately high. There is a good dose of toasted malt (crystal?) that provides a biscuity flavor. This is smooth and easily drinkable, but don't expect a typical dunkelweizen.

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Dark And Stormy Night from Picaroons Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.