Dark Planet | Straight To Ale

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39 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:
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Added by AndyGator on 10-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried imperial pint
Received in NBS BIF #2 from @richj1970
Aroma oaky, lasts but weakens
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and rocky layer
Lacing - none
Body dark amber, transparent
Flavor begins with moderate bourbon and malt, sweet; no haps, no alcohol, no diacetyl – more typical of any bourbon barrel aged anything than any English ale
Palate medium, creamy/syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cherry burgundy; opaque. A half finger head that dissipates quickly. Foamy lacing.

S: Cherries, molasses, Belgian yeast, dates and raisins.

T: The Belgian yeast really comes through with apricots, plums and figs. Sticky sweet, almost cloyingly so. A nice bourbon finish. Alcohol creeps in. Better as it warms.

M: Medium with a medium carbonation.

O: I' d like this one a whole lot more if it weren't so freakin' sweet. Not bad, but definitely a one and done. Share with others so you won't have to drink it all yourself.

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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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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Dark Planet from Straight To Ale
3.96 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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