Infusco | Rock Art Brewery

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by a unique yeast’s ability to gently weave character and flavor into the beers if ferments. A sweet body balanced with a big alcohol warmth and a touch of hops. Lingering rich flavors add to the complexity. Try aging this one for a year or two at cellar temperatures and compare the flavors that will emerge.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-26-2006

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by bjohnson:
Photo of bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.99 @ in Winooski.

Pours a very dark purple color, almost black, with a two finger toffee colored head. The thickness of the head keeps the retention up well. Thick layered lace. Belgian esters, dark rock candy, burnt brown sugar, and ever so slight wintergreen notes. Licorice and blackstrap molasses aromas more present after a swirl. Different aroma then a true belgian dark strong, but still good. More light and airy.

Woody, earthy, and leafy. Licorice adds a touch of bitterness and a layer of sweetness. Blackstrap molasses and maple syrup flavors detected in the aftertaste. Burnt brown sugar and rock candy notes bring out more sweetness in the body. Dryer finish with an airiness. A bit thin on the palate. A nice beer but it seems to be lacking a bit of oomph.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and murky chestnut colored with a thick and fat and chunky and rocky oatmeal colored head that sits up high at two inches and slooowly recedes back to fine cap.

Aroma of dark malts and ripe plum, faint yeasty notes. Rich flavors of cocoa and crusty brown bread, some peppery spice and root beer. Fig and plum emerge, followed by notes of brandy. Oaky highlights, some leather as well.

Full mouthfeel punctuated with stinging tingly carbonation, finishes mildly tannic. Tasty beer, unexpected from Rock Art, good stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a smoked beer with lots of sweetness. An experiment that while is drinkable, does not add up as something to have again.Some colour in body. I do not get this as a Belg, and did not observe any compexity when paired with food. Light mouthfeel. There is some pepper and kernels of other spices.

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Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep mahogany with lace of grey head. Smells of dates, dark berries, and burnt leather and kerosene. Doesn't smell like something consumable.

It doesn't taste all too consumable either. Big body with a heavy date taste along with a nice burnt leather alcohol finish that lingers. Probably not finishing this bottle. What happened here with this beer? I normally like rock art.

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Photo of Franchise
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering pours a ruby brown leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is slightly tart, fruity, bright, filled with spicy hop fruit freshness. As it warms a little bit of anise is apparent.

The taste is nice, smooth, smokey, tart, chocolate, prunes, dark pitted fruit. There is no smoke in the nose but it feels very apparent on the palate, this is a different fell to a Belgian Dark nice but nothing I would visit again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Coal black pour with a quickly diminishing fizzy khaki colored head that offered no lace.

S: Soft smoky charred wood, dark roasted barley, and some silty black coffee roast for the nose’s sake.

T: The flavor was hearty, dark, and rich, filled with roasty malts, and a silty minearality of charred wood and a fine sweetened dark coffee roast. Brief glimpses of toasted citrus peel come mid way offering a bitter roasted treat of citrus hops. Oily roast finish, passing citrus mentions, and a smooth eloquent roast makes for a dark, yet smooth bitter/sweet ordeal. Dark fruit of figs add accents as well some tea like bitterness rounds things out with an alcohol warmth.

M: Black oily roast, full bodied, coffee like texture that leaves you with a lasting dark roast bitterness.

O: Overall the label says it best, this aint no mommas boy or daddys girl drink. Darkly roasted beast filled with a earthy bitterness and campfire minearlity smoothers your tongue with a charred coating. Bitter, yet eloquently smooth, makes your tongue beg for more. Drinks like a smoked dark ale.

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Photo of bonez05404
1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Brought back by my housemate on trip to Vermont. Consumed 12/20/09.

A) Opaque. Pours with a two finger, tan head. Creamy and stick lacing. Did I mention black in color?
S) Alcohol. Smoky. Pepperoni. Molasses. Very complex aroma.
T) Black pepper. Smoky - like smoked gouda. Tastes like a Pepperidge Farms sampler in liquid form. Ends with a subtle hop bitterness.
M) Thick. Chewy. Smooth. Full body.
D) A very good concoction. Complex flavor. Good aromatics.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking nearly jet black colour with only slight hints of brown when held up to the light. Head is a thick sticky beige colour that has decent retention time before settling in with a nice lace and leaving gads of stickiness on the glass.

The aroma is different but enjoyable: yeast, raisins, clove and other spices, a bit of berry and perhaps some licorice all blend evenly and nicely here.

The flavour basically hits on all aspects of the aroma, and actually does a bit more with them. Each sip starts with some yeast notes that quickly blend with spices and even a touch of hops for a nice flavour burst. Sweetness and some dark berry flavour then kick in before moving into a somewhat smoky, somewhat alcohol tinged and somewhat still-sweet finish that has a bit of dryness to it. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is somewhat slick.

This is a nice brew. It's different and enjoyable with a good amount of flavour that makes the drinkability just right. Alcohol content is fairly high but not terribly noticeable on a sip to sip basis. This one is easily recommended.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark, slightly translucent brownish black. Head was a mocha brown, with almost a purple tint to it. Started as a 2 finger frothy head that went to a thin layer that clung to the sides of the glass. Aroma was slightly smokey with a bit of sweetness. Taste was initially slightly astringent with some lactose flavors. Mellowed out over time to have a touch of bitter smoke. Needed a touch of carbonation in the mouth to combat a slightly thin beer. Pleasant to drink, just flavored enough to savor.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton...
Pours a jet-black, opaque color with an intense frothy and foamy head that lingered on for a bit before gradually receding and leaving a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell was dominated by malts, caramel, raisins, currants, and spices...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with noticeable nuances of figs, prunes, dates, caramel, and dehydrated fruits...
Rich, thick mouthfeel but a pervading alcohol taste infiltrating the tongue, letting the 8% ABV flex some of its muscles...
Decent drinkability, but overall, nothing to really write home about...
Definitely worth the meager $3.05 I dished out for this one, but I personally wouldn't break my back hounding out this one...
Good stuff... Worth a try...

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Photo of jwc215
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours almost black fast carbonation that produces a thin tan head that fizzles to small spots. Looks like root beer (maybe a tad darker).

The smell is of sweetened molasses. A hint of stewed dark fruits. Something turpentine-ish mixes in.

The taste is of sweet, candied molasses, licorice and is a bit rooty. Vinuous notes mix in in a clashing way. Some chocolate almost breaks through, but remains vague. Boozy alcohol shows too much (even for 8%). Not much hangs around in the aftertaste (not a bad thing here).

It is thin - almost watery - and slick. The carbonation is odd - at times prickly, other times fading, giving an almost swishy feel.

It says on label that aging it a year or two will reveal further flavors. I don't know - it's too much (but not enough) already. And, not enjoyable. It is "different".

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy brown brew. Bubbly head lasts well, with heavy foamy lacing. Aroma is sweet and effervescent, lightly spicy, reminds me of root beer. Taste follows along, still reminds me of root beer upfront, but with a light fruitiness in the middle, and some alcohol warming near the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Flavor's not what I expected, but still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from 22oz. into pint glass a brown color with some haze and a nice two-finger, dense, tan head.

S: Peat smoke, dark ripe fruits, chocolate, roasted grains. Hops are hard to detect.

T: Roasted malt with peat smoke, dark fruit and ripe fruit tannins. Hints of chocolate and sherry. Some alcohol warmth becomes noticeable.

M: Creamy full body with a alcohol warmth becoming noticeable.

D: This is tasty and complex but given more time to age and meld flavors it would smooth out and be even better.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of tmitch75
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque brown color with thick rocky head that drops to a thin layer. Smells more like a rauchbier than anything Belgian, it's really quite surprising.

Taste is quite smoky as well, with some of the dark fruit and molasses flavors you'd expect to see in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Very tasty if not exactly what I expected. Medium body is enough to hold up to the strong flavors.

Overall it was an interesting beer and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't at all what I expected.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had as part of the Central NE BA Meetup, from '07 I believe.

A dark raisin murky brown color with a light head.

Nose of dark malts, aged malts, sweet smoked wood, choc covered raisins, light licorice, cherry wood, sweet molasses, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, complex.

Taste is sweet aged malts, light Belgian candi sugar, light booze, little bitterness from the malts, lots of smoked apple and cherry wood, smoked raisin even, molasses, caramel, touch of minerality, finishes smooth with lingering smoke and sugars, as well as fruits.

Mouth is medium bodied, soft and delicate not so strong anymore, with decent carbonation for the age.

Drink is decent, light booze, touch of sticky malts, aged malt taste too.

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Photo of grub
1.73/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Lupe hooked me up with this as part of the 80s BIF. thanks jason!

22oz bottle. sampled july 26/08.

pours a dark muddy brown with a small dense light brown head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is not what i expected - and not in a good way. sour cherries. alcohol. old coffee grinds. burnt chocolate. nail polish remover. rubber. raw oak. bit of vanilla. some caramel sweetness. buttery toffee. a musty/earthy component too. not looking forward to the taste...

taste is not good. cold stale coffee. raw oak. artificial vanilla. alcohol. sour cherry. burnt chocolate. bit of nail polish remover. bit of cardboard and rubber. black licorice. earthy and musty. not quite as bad as i expected from the aroma, but certainly not pleasant.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-light body, thinner than i'd expect. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is not good. this one went wrong almost from the start and just didn't get better. sadly, this one seems to be past its prime.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light tan, three-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color. Nose is sweet grapes. Flavor is grapes and medicinal but not cloying, with only 25 IBUs the hops are nearly hidden and the higher ABV is not noticeable. $4.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of AltTrinker
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no bottling date indicated. Pours a very dark, ruby red color with a foamy coffee appearing head that has good retention.

The nose has a smoky BBQ aroma. The taste also has a prominate smoky character mixed with a bready sweetness and the flavor of BBQ sauce. Dried fruit, prunes and raisins, also comes through. The mouth-feel is moderate and the finish dry.

The smokey, BBQ flavor is unusual for this style and it took me a while to adapt to it. I like the beer, but it is not one of my favorites. This beer would probably have been more enjoyable if I had paired it with a Taylor Farm smoked gouda instead of having it on its own as a nightcap. Oh well, I'll know better next time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good starting (beige) head that leaves some fluffy spotted lace. Some light will shine through, but it's still very dark brown.

Smells almost like homebrewed brown ale--crystal malt and some yeast aromas.

Lots of sweet cocoa flavor. Too much residual yeast for my taste. Low hop level. The aftertaste is similar to milk chocolate. Good body with an appropriate level of carbonation.

This beer is growing on me as I drink it. While I'm not a fan of strong yeast flavors, the overall taste of chocolate is delicious.

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Photo of Gavage
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: cloudy brown with a short 1/2" head. No lacing develops during the session.

Smell: toasted malts with some licorice and spices provide a unique aroma.

Taste: toasted bread, hints of chocolate, prunes, big licorice flavors, and a spicy bitterness makes up a somewhat wacky profile. The toasted / smoky components don't seem to fit.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors seems to glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: the unbalanced and wacky flavor profile makes this hard to drink. I could not finish the bomber.

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Infusco from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 65 ratings