Complete Darkness
Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Style:
American Black Ale
ABV:
8.7%
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4.31 | pDev: 6.03%
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3
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Hopworks Urban Brewery
 
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Complete DarknessComplete Darkness
Notes: Darkness falls across the land...

Our first fresh hop beer of the season is Complete Darkness Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale!
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

so stoked to have these guys in denver now, i have always admired their hoppy beers, but had not seen this one before. not enough fresh hop black ipa types in the world, i was glad to find this at a shop here in denver. it pours amazingly creamy headed and jet black, intimidating looking in the glass, wintery for sure, really gorgeous. just a bit of sediment specks at the very bottom, hard to see through the darkness. the aroma is big on the hops, a grapefruit complexion here, but also a pine or spruce bite to it, and a ton of roast to carry the hops along. its not as wet and oily as some fresh hop beers are, i think a natural drying gritty or chalky texture to the darker grain cuts that down a bit here, because the hop aroma and flavor is bold, but the expected feel isnt here. i get intense coffee on this, black drip brewed strong, and a light charred thing too, bitterness from grain as well as hops. a balancing molasses note in the middle, a hint of black pepper is cool and strange, and the freshness of the hops really rising in bitter citrus at the end. complex but so smooth as to be dangerously drinkable. probably not as fresh as it was at harvest time, but it doesnt taste faded or tired to me at all, and i like the balance here. beautiful beer, i would buy this one again!

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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a one finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing; darkest of this style I've seen. Aroma of mildly caramel, toasted malt, citrus and piney hops a hint of coffee. Flavor is lightly toasted malt with a little caramel, piney and citrus hops, light orange and lemon, char developing into a wonderful piney and lightly charry finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. They really hit all the high spots for this style in this one. The malt is a perfect mix of toasted and more traditional IPA malt, with a very flavorful hop bill dominated by pine, but with good citrus too with the fresh hops notes clear and tasty. I had a long day today, and this one hit the spot. This is one of my favorite styles and is rarely brewed. This looked, smelled and tasted exceptional. Nicely done. Hope this is brewed again.

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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown, with 1.5 fingers of frothy beige head. The head retention and lacing fantastic for an IPA. There are some floaties in the glass. Nose is mostly piny hoppy notes. Taste follows the nose. It's also piny, very bitter, with slight roastyness on the back end. I'd say the beer is medium bodied; carbonation is light-to-medium. Some very slight alcohol notes are noticeable, but at almost 9.0% ABV, I'd say that the booze is well hidden. Overall, a very pleasuable beer — exactly what I expect and want heavy black IPAs to be like.

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Complete Darkness from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 5 ratings