Dark Swan | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.89/5
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390 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:
#9,747
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
390
pDev:
9.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
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Ratings: 390 |  Reviews: 101
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

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MeIquiades
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wildwood_Brew
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of 1mrbeer
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gdobber
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark plum purple with a light lavender 1 finger small bubbled head. carbonation rolling up the sides of the glass.
Tart, citrusy and a slight hoppiness on the nose
hit hard with a tart, berry like sour. back end hoppiness that lingers
Dry but silky on the feel

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very unique color, somewhere between ruby and dark purple. A modest head quickly dissipates. Visible yeast and/or hops sediment floating.
Vinuous, grape like aroma, along with cherry and a mild tartness akin to key lime pie. As wine like as this beer smells, there is nevertheless a pleasant and silky grain aroma going on, along with hops scents that are floral, grassy and citrusy.
The taste is moderately tart in a very accessible way and quite vinous. Flavors of Syrah grapes, cherries, currants, light lime, and a touch of red grapefruit. Amazingly it is still so beer like with its firm bready backbone and amply hopped spicy and grassy middle palate.
Medium bodied, smooth and moderately carbonate. The finish is dry along with a gentle acidic burn.
A really interesting take on the sour style that is not too acidic, has qualities that are both vinous and beer like, and is very refreshing. Good job by Lagunitas!

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Photo of Chilmer
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of addiwilliams
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Nmgreen
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolegario
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep purple with a light red foamy head that mostly fizzled away quickly. Smells of raspberry and grapes. on the taste the carbonation helps. Not as tart as I am used to and the grapes shine through this beer as the star of the show. Just a touch of sour, definitely a good starter sour for newbies.

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Photo of izraelc
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very unique beer. Ruby red pour with a thick pink head. Sour with a sweet finish. Finally an experiment gone right.

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Dark Swan from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 390 ratings