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Dark Prophet | Funkwerks

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Dark ProphetDark Prophet

Brewed by:
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by denver10 on 02-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 100
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3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Redoing this this review for the 2013 version. Not sure if its a development of my palette or that this years version is a significant improvement (I would guess its my palette coming around to it), but I really dig this years version a lot more than last years.

Pours a chestnut, mahogany with a reddish hue and a nice light brown head. A nice big aroma; nice, sweet bourbon, some smooth dark cherries, pomegranate, some dark bread, oak, and sugary vanilla. Flavor offers bourbon (though the bourbon came out much stronger on tap than it did via the bottle), oak, dark cherries, dates, caramel, and some vanilla in the finish. A fuller mouthfeel, not too carbonated. Overall, enjoyed this so much more this year than last years. Also enjoyed this more on tap than from the bottle. Glad I gave this a second chance for sure.

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Photo of Dbrulet
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark red amber with an excellent head.

Strange aroma is tart, fruity (including apricot) and mildly acerbic.

Flavor largely follows and is also mildly tart, but with a balance of bitter and sweet as well. A lot going on but not completely integrated or balanced.

Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of VikingsFan1215
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, another awesome goodie brought back from greater Denver by doktorzee this past week. It's actually more near the diurnal opposite of everything espoused on the label. Oh well.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red brickish amber colour, with three fingers of very tightly foamy, quite creamy beige head, which leaves a half-wall of broadly splattered soap-scum lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, astringently woody whisky notes, sort of stripped of their overt bourbon booze associations, though the vanilla and spicy does come through, with some faint dry red wine notes, and a soft black fruitiness. The taste is bready caramel malt, a muddled dark orchard fruitiness, faint earthy yeast notes, tame dry cocoa, and subtly woody oak.

The bubbles are rather soft and understated, the body a decent medium weight, and agreeably smooth, despite the intransigence of the wood and lingering acidic fruit esters. It finishes off-dry, the caramel and barrel essences providing a certain offsetting wavering sweetness.

An agreeable enough new world version of this veritable Belgian style, slightly enhanced (Iron Man style!) by the Yankee preponderance for gaming the system, what with the bourbon barrel treatment. Saying that, the mostly ethereal quality here is the near 10 points of ABV. Huh - good on them, I suppose.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper hue with a big and solid and thick head and good lacing

S: Subtle fruit--cherries, raisins; even a bit tart and musty and grassy with a touch of funk, oak, and bourbon

T: musty and funky with just a touch of oak and bourbon; tart and fruity and cheesy; some bready malts but there's some definite musty funk here with a spicy finish

F: Medium body and pretty creamy

O: A musty, funky, malty Belgian--another solid beer from these guys

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent hazel color with 3+ fingers of tan head. Copious lacing & head retention , hazes up a bit as the bottle is drained

S: Dark fruit & Bourbon, plums,

T: Follows the nose, nice figgyness & raisins, dryness up front. Oaky dryness, faint coffee, vanilla & Bourbon notes as this warms. Finishes oaky, figgy with Bourbon, & faint coffee notes

MF: Medium, bodied, slight carbonation, very warming, carbonation turns a bit creamier as this warms, Dry & warming as it wraps its big dark arms around you

A good slant on thse style, bottle says you can let this cellar for 5 years, I believe it has at least 3 good years to be sure, but I don't usually have the patience for that. Yours will be rewarded I'm sure if you do, still damn tasty as it is now. Split this with 3 or 4 friends, this beer is a load!

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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hazy and flat caramel color body.

It has an odd aroma that's a combination of wet leaves, vanilla, and funky yeast.

Yuck. This combination does not work well at all. The funk and bourbon notes clash and what's left is a foul musty taste of compost.

Mouthfeel is viscous but flat.

It's just a mess of a beer that I couldn't recommend to anyone.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of ElJosharino
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of incubuscience
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Nick! Reddish brown body with a thick eggshell colored head.

Fruit forward nose; pear and red grape, brown sugar, bourbon barrel and mild leathery funk.

Grainy, tannic palate with some nice fruitiness. Red apples and pears, brown sugar, caramelized banana. Pretty sweet with a big barrel presence, very tannic, some astringency in the finish. A good beer, but it feels somewhat unfocused or muddled. Not sure if the combination of farmhouse yeast and bourbon barrel is harmonious.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
3.6 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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