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Dark And Stormy Night - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +42.9%

CurtisD, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +42.9%

Skizem, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +27%

TylerD420, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +27%

dark reddish brown, head forms really tall and is very creamy and thick... sticks around for a while, and sticks to the inside of the glass on the way down

in the glass, when the head is high, it's more of a light/sweet alcohol smell... when the head lessens, or right from the bottle, it's got a nice mellow, rich, sweetness... kind of in the family of a raisin tart or dates... and some burnt sugar / sponge toffee

nice and mellow taste, caramel comes through, almost a bit of a smokiness on the exhale... raisin/date taste is slightly there

feels fine in the mouth - no complaints

very drinkable, I thought

PEIBeerGuy, Feb 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +27%

ZachT, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27%

schnarr84, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

smcolw, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

patroy, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

DirtyDurds, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of RunawayJim
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruby brown color with a small off-white head. There's some small bubbles rising to the top.

Smells of bready roasted malts, though the aroma is not strong at all.

Tastes of slightly roasted malts, some breadiness is present. There's a hint of caramel in there as well. It's pretty sweet, though fairly mild in flavor.

The carbonation is almost non-existent in the mouth. It's got a nice smooth texture and goes down nice and easy. This is a very drinkable beer.

Note: I was going to add this one tonight, though it seems as though someone beat me to the punch. I was going to add it as an English Brown Ale as it tastes more like that than a Dunkelweizen (not much yeastiness and breadiness present). The label calls it a mix between a German dunkel and an English Ale (brown ale is the closest I could come up with).

RunawayJim, Jul 08, 2008
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3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured a deep deep, golden-amber. Big egg shell colored was fluffy but leveled out rather quickly. Big malty nose, sweet like candy, is strong. Hard for other scents to find their way through. The taste is a little funky. Bland to start and then the roasted malts, coffee beans, hit. An overload of carbonation is also noted. Other than excess carb. there is a creaminess to the beer. Somewhat acidic. A pretty good beer here and the low alcohol and decent pricing make a good buy. Nice to mix it up every once in a while.

spree92, Mar 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cam477, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

skellock, Jun 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

TimeLincoln, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

polloenfuego, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

yancot, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

biegaman, Feb 01, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle my friend brought home from Fredricton. From notes.

A - Poured a dark copper. Good carbonation. Head ran away fast but my friend's glass had retention. Bright. My glass left no head or retention while my friend's had both. Would've rated this lower had my friend's glass had neither.

S - Wheat, clove, lot's of banana, dark malt.

T - You can really see the combo of English and German like the label says. Peppery, banana, dark malt. Lot's of difficult to pin down flavours. Works well. Nothing spectacular, but it works.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, sweet, dry, smooth.

O/D - Cool. Different. Nice and a good mix of flavours.

tbeckett, Oct 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 15, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -1.6%

Single stout bottle from the brewery, brought back to me by friends from the area who know of my love of beer and my love of not driving places. I really love the label and the name for this brew: it conjures both images of a foreboding Victorian manor in a Christie mystery novel as well as of Snoopy typing on top of his doghouse, at a loss for ideas and resorting to the clichéd and much-ridiculed phrase popularized by 19th century dime-novel author Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and then Woodstock chirps something funny and Charlie Brown says 'Good Grief.'

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass because I really didn't know whether this beer would fit more into the English Pale or Dunkel variety, so I made a compromise. Dark brown-grape in colour, hazy, with a good inch of foam that recedes into a thick layer. Some lacing icicles.

Malty to the nose, a bit of wheat, some clove, dry white wine. Like five different styles of beer in one - not sure if it works or not.

Dark malt, chocolate, a bit of wheat, and a strange sour vinous flavour that seems really out of place. I'm glad I reviewed this on paper before going on BA, because my first thought was that this tasted like a mild sour ale far more so than a dunkel or pale ale, and I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who thought so.

I like sour ales, so I didn't mind drinking this, but I really don't think the end result matched either my expectations or my desires. Still, I appreciate Picaroon's for trying something new - experimentation is always welcome in the craft beer world, and I welcome it.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 13, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -3.2%

G: Pint Glass

A: Dark brown body, which allows light through only on the walls. 1.5 inches of off white head, leaving thick foamy lacing.

S Raisins, dates, light hops and roasted malts.

T: Raisins and dates are strong, with a follwing of hops and malts.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation with a dry date/raisin finish.

D: Not hard to drink, but the dark fruits and hops seem to be unbalanced. Also this is not a great representation of a dunkel.

Long813, Oct 18, 2009
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3.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Big, foamy tan head of large carbonation bubbles erupts from the walnut colored body.

Aroma is of slight wheat, raisins or dates, perhaps vanilla, and roasted malt.

Again dark fruit, spice, perhpas banana, sweet, and even something resembling butter.

Medium to thin in body with moderate carbonation.

OK brew, easy to drink, but could use some more distinction in flavor and aroma.

CHADMC3, Jul 01, 2009
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

hef, Aug 13, 2013
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Dark And Stormy Night from Picaroons Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.