Darkside | The Shed Restaurant & Brewery

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The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by weeare138 on 02-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 4 day open growler, yes way too long, but still incredibly good. The color is dark amber edging to solid porter colored center. The head isn't full, but present, which is likely due to the length of open growler.
The aroma is caramelly with nice light sweet alcohol and herbacious hop round out. Perhaps Cascade or Simcoe? But definitely a strong IPA.
The taste is again the mix of caramel and hops followed by a malty middle and a slightly estringent end. Wrapped up by a good chocolate after taste. Somehow this blend comes together seemlessly.
The mouthfeel is most certainly that of an IPA, a DOUBLE IPA. Medium body and clean.
Would drink more if the growler allowed.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grassrootsvt for this hand filled growler...
This bitch is 115 IBU's!!!
Appears a dark, hazy brown with a lush tan head that retains well. Tons of scattered lacing is left all over the glass.
Smell is of heavy hops with a ton of fresh grapefruit, citrus, peach, and plum with perhaps a mild shade of caramel that is drowned out by the hops. The aroma is enough to cure any hophead's need for nectar.
Taste is of citrusy grapefruit punch, light plums, peach, and sweet malt that is complimenting the citrus hops nicely.
Mouthfeel is chewy, sweet, bitter, and wicked! One of my favorites so far from The Shed.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample courtesy of weeare138 (via a trade). Thanks!

Poured a dark and cloudy brown color with an averaged sized off white head.

Aromas of pine, grape skins, dark fruits, citrus, and tropical fruits. There was a lot going on there and it all worked together very well.

Tastes pine, citrus, grapefruit, some dark fruits and toffee. Tastes on the hoppy side.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy mahogany color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tangerine (other tropical fruits), pine, pink grapefruit, green grapes, grass and herbs. Taste of toffee, roast, light chocolate, and a bitter grapefruit finish... some alcohol in the finish as well. My favorite so far from The Shed.

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Darkside from The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
4.35 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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