Darktopia | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 09-02-2012

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 8
Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, a surprise find at my local outlet of Alberta's Liquor Store Monopoly Concern.

This beer pours a fairly solid black, but with prominent basal cola edges, and three flabby fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some tiered bleeding paint swath lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of well-roasted caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, bittersweet chocolate, cafe-au-lait, singed orange and red grapefruit citrus, and more leafy, herbal, and piney hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy, still rather toasted caramel malt, wet ash-coated toffee candies, ethereal, if still acerbic coffee grounds, chalky and mostly sugar-free cocoa powder, muddled domestic citrus rind, and a plain earthy, leafy, and piney hoppiness - the 16-proof booze doing well to stay in the outer rim of perception.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and little else worthwhile frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, as that overarching charred thing never has a chance to play well here, does it? It all ends trending dry, the ash of the mouth turning easily to the ash of the finish.

Overall, this is a typically over-roasted version of the style, as both the fruity malt and fresh hop bitterness get just smacked over the head, never to recover. Not bad, but too one-sided, and not really worthy of revisiting, even if I was predisposed to such behaviour in the first place.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black color with about 3/4 inch of dark tan head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was an even blend of slightly roasty malts and citrusy hops. On the tongue the hops were brighter and stood out against the solid malts a bit better.

The body was nicely without being heavy. The roast taste lingers at the back, but the finish was still clean. Drinkability was good, especially considering that this is a style I don't really care for. Overall, a pretty good take on the style, worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Citrus, some light pine, cocoa and roastiness. Pretty standard for the style

T: Starts with a nice roastiness, light cocoa and a somewhat creaminess transitioning into citrus and piney with coffee, roastiness and rather dry finish

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, a light hop bitterness and creaminess on the palate

O: Not a bad CDA. I really enjoy Hoptopia so to have a CDA version of this was pretty nice. I would def drik again

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Darktopia from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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