Dantalion Dark Wild Ale | Upland Brewing Company

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294 Ratings
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Dantalion Dark Wild AleDantalion Dark Wild Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Wild Beer with brettanomyces and lactobacillus aged over 1 year in red wine American white oak barrels.

Added by Thorpe429 on 05-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
294
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
107
For Trade:
16
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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamranders
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sheenisgod
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdawg1
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Budah
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dataylor21
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short light beige head that died down a bit, but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of oak and associated vanilla are present in the nose along with notes of sour dark fruit.
T:The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of red wine from the barrel aging along with notes of sour dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wild ale is quite interesting considering its opaque color. I would have thought this was a stout judging by its appearance.

Note: November 2014 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage 750ml brown glass cork 'n' cage bottle served into a tulip. "Summoned on 12/16/14."

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. Pale khaki colour head. Average thickness, consistency, and creaminess. Retention is quite good - ~7-9 minutes.

BODY: Opaque dark black. No yeast is visible within.

Doesn't look like your typical run of the mill wild ale. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Licorice, cream, dark malts, hint of dark fruit, dark cherry, red wine, some lactobacillus-induced sourness, and hints of neutral oak wood.

Aromatic intensity is average. This aroma promises a beer that delivers on its premise, combining dark malts and bacterial notes - but to what effect?

TASTE: The dark malt backbone never provides too much sweetness, and allows the bacterial sourness to shine. Lactobacillus, lactic acid, a hint of brettanomyces yeast. Cream, a hint of anise, backgrounded neutral oak. The red wine barrel goes very well with the base beer, complementing the bacteria nicely whilst also playing to the dark malt core.

Sourness is mild - maybe a 4/10 in terms of intensity. I find no brettanomyces-induced funkiness. Some other bacteria (e.g. pedio) would help out here, as would lambicus yeast(s).

It's missing the elements that lend a sour notable intricacy...there's no wild flora, straw/hay, bacterial intangibles, et al.

Well put together, with good balance. Well-built, with a cohesive flavour profile that emphasizes admittedly vague fruit.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, creamy, smooth, wet, and of apt thickness and heft on the palate. Well-carbonated. This texture complements the taste well, but doesn't elevate the beer as whole. Has a slight smackiness to it, but not so much that it puckers. And it has a subtle softness.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable, especially for a sour. The acidity never becomes bothersome, and it isn't palate-stripping. As enjoyable and approachable as it is, it's far from amongst the best in the style, and I've had better from Upland. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, and would recommend nabbing it if you chance across it - but it isn't worth seeking out.

High B- (3.49) / WORTHY

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Photo of instinct2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of A_Rad
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GMorgan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boilerup
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle
Served in a beer flute
Bottled in 2014

This beer pours dark brown in color with some ruby highlights when held to a light source. It has a skim of tan head that doesn't stick around long.

The aroma congers thoughts of sour dark fruit. Red wine vinegar and brown sugar also come to mind.

I am immediately met with some mouthpuckeringly sour flavor. I get some tart red apple, tart cherry, tart plum, etc. Basically some sour dark fruit. I also get some sour vinous flavors with a dry finish.

Fairly thin with moderate carbonation

This is one to share. I love sour beers, but this one test my resolve with it's acidty, dry finish and abv. It is good but intense.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous plum colored body that hosts a short deep tan colored body. Head fades quickly leaving just a skim. I am instantly entranced by the nose as it has tons going on. Cardoman, licorice, soft mint and dark fruits all shine. Tons of flavor as well, dark cola with a dusting of black strap and over ripe fruits. Tannins balance the tartness just right and latch on to the tongue very nicely. Ther is even a hint of black coffee on the finish. Very complex dark tart bomb.

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Photo of Domvan
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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