Dark Swan | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.89/5
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408 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An experimentally hopped sour ale fermented with dark red wine grapes. Observers of yestercentury once doubted the existence of the Dark Swan, stating the fair-feathered fowl was the only color of its kind. Explorers eventually upended that theory, shocking the world and shining light on the Dark. This beer might just do the same. It’s a sour ale fermented with dark red wine grapes, giving it its uniquely deep and rich purple hue. Then it received the signature Lagunitas treatment with a healthy dose of experimental dry hops. This might just shock your taste buds!

There just really isn't anything else like the Dark Swan... it's a dark purple hybrid ale the takes our house yeast and feeds it some Petite Sirah grapes to munch on. It's smooth, slightly sour, and superbly strange. Give it a taste, if you dare!

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-29-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,169
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
408
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of jjquinter
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark and clear, garnet in color with a touch of purple. Pink, finger width head that dissipates in fair time to reveal a thin, consistent layer of suds. A few spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Tart, dark fruity aroma. Grape-ish, with lesser citrus and distant apple cider vinegar.

Taste - Tastes slightly better than it smells, but not by much. Tart, dark and fruity with grape, green apple and lesser tangerine. Hint of vinegar comes though vaguely in the finish to accompany the aforementioned fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Not a great sour by any means. There's definitely a bit of vinegar in there, though my lady isn't picking up on it. Hopefully they've learned to improve their 'sour ale' process, as evidenced by their latest release Cherry Jane, which is pretty darn good.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Viperman1316
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GearsBeers
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark, and barely translucent plum/amber ale with shiny, brilliantly cascading micro bubbles and "lacing" that is really a slick foam that slowly runs down the glass slowly as you drink. Smell is reminiscient of wine but faint yeasty with a sort of almost light Cabarnet hint. The flavor is a tart grape combined with some hop resin. The feel is sour at first, but fades to more of a Carlo Rossi Burgundy after flavor, very wine-like in the yeasty-ness it leaves on the back of the tongue. Big wine drinkers will know what I mean, that dry finish that sits in the throat and tastes like ya been drinking wine. Haha. It is a great beer with a lot of refinement to that flavor. The cheap wine comparisons are for a basis only, this is a very good beer. I like the change of pace

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark Swan has a very thick, mauve head, a clear, violet-red appearance, and no glass lacing. Aroma is of underlying, standard Lagunitas ale, with some grape character. Taste is of somewhat tart, grape skin, with bready ale. Mouthfeel is medium, and Dark Swan finishes mostly dry. In some ways, this is like a less developed Livingston Cellars Burgundy or Carlo Rossi Burgundy.

RJT

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Photo of netshark
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelAlcaraz
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robotic_being
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt141
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RyanKininger
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of godawgs
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chiefz1
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of RodSmith
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good sour. Funky, tart, deep, rich, with grapes coming to the fore front. Very good, but I still prefer Eroica more. That beer was outstanding, this is just really good in comparison.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2018 One Hitter Series. Dark cherry red, with little carbonation or head. Aroma is typical Lagunitas hops with a little grape fruitiness. As a side note, I've had a handful of Lagunitas beers and have never been happy with their hops, which seem a little skunk. Maybe that is a problem with their shipment to the east coast. This beer also has what I've thought of as the typical Lagunitas hops flavor, seems a little skunky, but in this case the grape flavor and the slight sourness work to make the overall flavor more acceptable. Feel is ok, medium body with with astringent hops. Overall, this is Ok and I was glad that it was not as dominated by a skunky hops flavor that I have had with the few other Lagunitas beers I've tried.

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Photo of deac83
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Swan from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 408 ratings