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Dark Angel | River Company Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
River Company Restaurant & Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by 7ate9 on 12-10-2012

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried the Dark Angel at Montanos in Roanoke. It poured a clear deep amber with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of bourbon. The taste was bitter sour leaning with bourbon presence. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of obywan59
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle

Dark brown with ruby highlights. A 2 finger light tan head that becomes chunky, and leaves some thick sticky lacing as it recedes. The second glass was more murky. I should have decanted properly.

Bourbon is most evident at the start, then oak and caramel with a bit of vanilla. Whiffs of a milky, kefir like aroma early on, but the bourbon and caramel dominate in the end.

Huge bourbon and caramel in the taste as well. An almost cherry like tartness early, with sweet malts and bittering hops to balance. Taste of alcohol.

Medium full in body with good carbonation. The beer is syrupy on the tongue, but is only moderately drying.

Perhaps the most bourbon forward beer I've yet sampled. Sweet, tart, and bitter I would not hesitate to try this again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oline73
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear red amber color with not much head at all.

Smell: I'm getting lots of sweet caramel and dark fruit. There is a very nice bourbon note along with some vanilla as well. Everything works well together and is quite smooth.

Taste: This one is sweet right off the bat. The bourbon heat is there and is accompanied by sweet dark fruit and a nice vanilla note. The finish is sweet and has a smooth, mild burn to it.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with tingly carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: This was my favorite of the beers I tried from River Co. The bourbon and sweetness played well together. I'd definitely have more.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears chestnut brown with a thin beige cap. The aroma brings a healthy dose of bourbon, malt, vanilla, oak. Very nice. The flavor is quite tasty. Lots of bourbon. Lightly sweet, with a touch of spice. Vanilla and oak throughout. Medium bodied with low carbonation and alcohol content well hidden. Good stuff.

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Photo of MrBIP
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of 7ate9
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the growler a dark brown with ruby highlights. even a hard pour barely pops a head. (although I had it on tap the night before and the headstand was better).

The bourbon is very dominant. It comes accross as toffee, fudge, and coconut. The base beer is hidden for the most part but there are some subtle roast and malt notes coming through..It's hard to complain about though, it smells very similar to a fresh-baked, coconut chocolate chip cookie.

The taste falls a little behind the nose. The front of the palate gets a blast of caramel and chocolate but the ABV takes over starting at midpalate and plows it's way through to a pretty hot finish. The heat seems to mask a lot of the flavors

Appropriate Med-low carbonation with a pleasant med-high viscosity that is unfortunately thinned out by the heat on the finish.

This is a really good beer, and although I think the bourbon dominates a little too much, it is one of the better barrel aged beers I've had from a VA brewery. Already delicious, a few small tweaks could make this exceptional.

Brewer's notes: "A truly potent offering, the Dark Angel is an Imperial Brown Ale that was aged in A. Smith Bowman Bourbon barrels for 5 months. Clocking in at 9.5+%, the warming bourbon notes with the strong malt backbone make this the ideal after dinner nightcap!"

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Dark Angel from River Company Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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