Dark Planet | Straight To Ale

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86
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40 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States
straighttoale.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AndyGator on 10-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 8
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of pchrishatfield
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark murky brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light stringy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of vanilla tickled dark fruity caramel malty toned sweetness. Some dried sweet wood, and a little bit of earthiness roaming into a light grassy/somewhat tobacco like character.
The flavor was somewhat sweet and forgiving a lightly blended dried tobacco bitter edge riding into the aftertaste nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent carbonation about it. ABV felt good and warming.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good barrel aged old ale. I'd have again.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark honey brown with a small one finger white head. Very minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malts and dark fruits. Brown sugar, caramel, plums, dates.

T: Caramel and buttery brown sugar. A bit of dark fruits - plums, dates, raisins.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

O: Officially labeled an English Strong Ale. This one has a lot in common with a Scotch Ale or a Barley wine. A very nice ale. Perfect for a cold winter night after a big meal with a fire burning in the fireplace.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very impressive two fingers of light Carmel head rises on top of body is a deep rich brown in tone. Nose is full of dark fruits and sweet malts. This beer is full of creamy sweet dark fruits in the flavor. Bready and very approachable on the palate. This was a very surprisingly good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mellow, smooth, unassuming strong ale, Dark Planet is good very cold but probably "warmed" to cellar-temperature, and likewise a nice option on a bracing wintry evening. Wafting a light aroma of thick dark bread and plums, the head is moderate but fat-bubbled, while the body itself it not especially effervescent, with small streams of tiny bubbles occasionally arising from the decent smattering of sediment. The taste itself is also plum-heavy, with collaborative elements of fig (even figgy pudding, really), and a bit of yeasty banana; subtle banana-bread and black-bread notes swirl in hints underneath those more prominent fruit currents. There's a little bitterness at the trailing edge, but it's minimally felt, and mostly this is a sweeter-side, brown-fruits-and-breads beer, which corresponds to its deeply brown color nicely.

Overall, I can't say that Dark Planet is mind-blowing, but I could see walking into a pub on a blustry, soggy, bone-chilling day and swallowing a few, surely and soundly, as I let the ale warm the organs and snuggle the cockles; and, as such, I hedge a little towards bonus stylistic points. It's very drinkable—damn the thing else—and more than does its job: minimal frills, no need for pairings or perusings, just a pint or three as a pillow to chilly nights.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Dark, almost opaque mahogany. Light white head dissipates quickly. Nice tracing.

S: Dried fruits. Spicy and Belgian. Smells like the best BDSAs. Raisins and candy sugar.

T/M: Thick, hugely present, but saved from stickiness by a light carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on, but the flavor is somewhat lackluster. Oddly, not much going on at all. Just fried fruit and molasses.

O: Just okay. There's not a lot going on, which is disappointing.

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4.56/5  rDev +15.2%

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Dark Planet from Straight To Ale
3.96 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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