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North Peak Darkangel | North Peak Brewing Company

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North Peak DarkangelNorth Peak Darkangel
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North Peak DarkangelNorth Peak Darkangel

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by redleg64:
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerhan for the chance to try this one.

Pours opaque black with a small medium tan head that leaves little lacing.

Roasty malts and a bit of stone fruit on the nose, but not noticeably cherry. The flavor is appealing and simply a blend of the roasted character with a sourness contributed from the cherries. Not much of a fruity component, which might have rounded the taste out a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a porter. A pleasant quaff.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is there such thing as a session porter. If so , this might be it.

Malt Bill could be increased a bit but as this is the Sister Beer of Archangel and with Tart Cherries in it then I think they were going for a almost crisp finish. Very unique. Could sit back and drink 3-4 of these quickly with great enjoyment.

Color- a bit thin almost like a dark brown beer. Very smooth mouthfeel and then a surprise.... tart cherry flavor and finish. Would be great with a aged gouda and thick crusty bread.

Smell- malty and delicious.

Great job. Lots of people just load up porters to fit the "style" this one is pushing the boundaries. I love how NP is kinda the Michigan Hop brewery and does a lot of IPAs etc but glad they took a different approach on this one. I might have one for breakfast right now.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.69/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of North Peak's Darkangel a couple weeks ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. So far I have I liked every beer that I have had from North Peak, it seems that all of the beers I have had from them have all been pretty hoppy so I am interested to see what they can do with a Cherry Porter, so let's see how it goes. It has a bottled on date of October 2011. Poured from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer has the classic North Peak logo that gives it that old school look, only difference is that it is a dark red color and has an angel in the middle of it. It poured a pretty dark ruby read color with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is the roasted dark malts that impart a nice milk chocolate aroma mixed with some slightly tart red cherry's to make an aroma similar to a chocolate covered cherry. I also pick up a slight amount of earthy hops at the end that help balance out the chocolate covered cherry aroma.

T- The first thing that I pick up in the flavor is the cherry which is much lighter then I expected and it tastes like some slightly tart cherry juice. Next comes the dark roasted malts that have a typical coffee and chocolate like porter taste but there is also a weird metallic flavor with it that tastes a little off. The hops stick out a good deal in this brew and impart a pretty noticeable earthy flavor. There's a little too much hops in this beer, more then you would find in most porters and the metallic taste shouldn't be there.

M- Somewhat smooth, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a good medium amount of carbonation. This beer needs to have it's body bumped up to medium.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average American Porter. North Peak knows what to do when it comes to the hoppy beers, but with this Porter it seems like there is still a lot of tweaking to be done. The cherry aspect of this beer didn't stick out as much as I would like and it tasted more like some slightly tart cherry juice. It also had too much hops for the style and an off putting metallic taste. It did go down smooth and have pretty good drinkability. but the flavors are a little off and aren't good enough to hold my attention and make me want to drink more than one. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty nice and smelled pretty similar to a chocolate covered cherry. What I liked least about this beer was the the off flavors and it's thin body, this beer needs a good amount of work to hold it's own against other Cherry Porters. I am glad I tried it but I don't think I will be buying this beer again, it just didn't do it for me. I don't think I would recommend this beer to people, there is just too much wrong with it. This the first brew from North Peak that I have been disappointed with, they can do some great things with hops, but with this beer they didn't prove that they are that versatile, I don't really see how the brewer could drink this and think this is what a cherry porter should taste like cause it's not. So far this is my least favorite brew from North Peak and my least favorite cherry porter, this beer is almost as bad as Atwater's Cherry Stout. This beer is no where near as good as Short's Black Cherry Porter,

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2.09/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 11/28/11

A - Pours translucent dark brown with a reddish hue. One finger or so of head that fades quickly. Very little lacing.

S - A bit of roasted malt and some cherry, but the aroma is quite weak overall.

T - Yikes. This is not very good. Over roasted malt, some tart cherry that tastes quite thin, and a bit of bitter chocolate. Flavor is thin overall and finishes with an unpleasant ashy character.

M - Very thin mouthfeel. Finishes dry and ashy.

O - North Peak has been very hit and miss, and this is a big miss for me.

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2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 11/28/2011. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing down the glass as you drink. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, cherry juice, and herbal hops. Some decent and pleasant aromas; with decent strength and low complexity. Taste of chocolate, biscuit, toasted malt, cherry juice, caramel, pine, herbal hops, and light earthiness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toasted malt, biscuit, pine, cherry, and earth on the finish for a good bit. A good balance of the cherry juice is present with the malts, making it just enough to be noticeable. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel; with some prickly carbonation. The large earthy and piny hoppiness make this a bit challenging on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed; as expected for 5%. Overall this is an alright porter. Much more spicy hoppiness, and high astringency than I was hoping for. Not really what I would classify as being a porter.

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2.72/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the Red Stripe-like bottle into a glass, the color was a murky reddish brown. The head on this one was huge like the foam on a rootbeer float. Worse, the head just will not go away. The aroma on this one was mostly dry cherries. In other words, it smelled like cherries with the sweet part removed. Of course, this is not the highlight of a cherry. The initial taste was dry cherries, dirt, alcohol, and dark chocolate. If that description was on the bottle, this would be a tough sell. In a weird sort of way, I kept imagining their was dirt or something gritty in the beer. After the initial taste, I knew why 6 picks of this were on sale for $4.99 a six pack. For a porter, I thought it was very thin. At the same time, the acidity gave an impression of thickness. The aftertaste was mostly bitter chocolate. I do not need this one again.

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3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a dark brown hue with a foamy tan head that quickly disappears leaving little retention and some lacing on the sides.
S. This beer has a rather strong cherry juice aroma with some chocolate in the background. A rather pleasant smell.
T. The first thing I get is some watered down cherry with a coffee taste followed by a strong finish of bitter chocolate that overtakes everything else. The taste is not bad, but seems to be weak at first and than the chocolate comes in strongly. Maybe it is just me, but seems unbalanced.
M. Mouthfeel is creamy and easy to drink since it does get watery.
O. Not a bad beer, but I have tasted better cherry porters.

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4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter pours one finger head, but retains a good amount of carbonation. Lighter than most porters, reminiscent of some English style porters, but with cherry. Color is a deep off black, with a shade of burgundy. Fruit beers are not really my thing, but I did enjoy this particular beer. The crystal body, and roast flavor hold down the cherry just enough. A nice beer, but again not my thing.

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3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby bottle is cute and different. Pours a cherry coke brown (ruby-brown) with a huge tan head that settles to a rocky, dense, mountainous sculpture. Parades of bubbles Leaves chunks of foam on the glass on the way down. Aroma much less than expected - very toasty malt and earthy-herbal and a bit phenolic hop. Taste follows aroma but with a mild hit of dark cherries going on mixed with the bitter chocolatey toasty malt. Not bad but nothing special. Might be a decent dessert beer. Have a second bottle may need to try with something chocolate.

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2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On NOV 15 11) into an imperial pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1/2 finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates after a few minutes to a miniscule dusting and very thin foam ring. The body is a dark brown with traces of crimson when held to light. A little lacing can be seen throughout consumption but is never strong enough to stick around.

The nose is not dominated by cherries as one would expect, but instead has a bland, typical dark fruit aroma. A little cherry and plum are recognizable as notes. The nose isn't very strong, which also hinders recognizing the aromas.

Light but very sweet up front, a little tartness comes through but no flavors are fully recognizable. As the beer is swallowed, sweet dark fruit flavors come out in the form of cherry, plum, and raisin. After, an odd cacao bitterness presents itself near the back of the mouth.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has an interesting body for a porter. The light body gives this beer an almost soda-like quality. It is very easy drinking and has a sugary stickiness to it but does not really coat your mouth, allowing the flavors to evolve and disappear rather quickly. The carbonation on the other had, is just right as it is only barely noticeable, and only if you are looking for it.

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3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with some red highlights. Head is thin; nice lacing.

Nose is a phenomenal blend of hops and cherry. Sweet malt underneath with oak and wood bark.

Taste is tart cherry and toasted malt up front. Hops are mild. Nice oakiness, but has an off-putting metallic element.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but has some awkward astringency in the aftertaste.

Overall, a good use of cherry, but the astringency is distracting.

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North Peak Darkangel from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 67 ratings