Dark Prophet | Funkwerks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by denver10 on 02-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
For Trade:
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

still waiting for an average funkwerks brew, everything they do is epic. this one pours a hazy deep brown color with a robust off white head. smells like heaven, overripe fruit, toffee, yeast, and the nectar of god. flavor is memorable and different. picking up rich people's candy, licorice, cigar smoke, and bursting ripe purple plums. this is friggen world class! feel is unbeatable. growing effervescent bright yeast bubbling cauldron of alcoholic halloweeny glory. aftertaste hangs on forever. this was easily worth 16 bucks, although i wish they wouldnt do that. this beer rocks, and it is a mandatory try, i am fully impressed! (again, the aftertaste hangs out forever, enriching he patient drinker again and again)

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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%

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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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Pours a dark amber/brown color with an off-white head. Strong barrel and vanilla aromas with a mild roasted malt note. Plenty of toast, bread, toffee, and chocolate with some nice dark fruit character. The flavor is quite sweet with lots of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Good barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla, only a mild oak flavor. A touch of roasted malt and a nice chocolate quality to it.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stakem
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark hazed brown with a finger of mocha-tan head. It holds with a finger strength and produces patchy lacing on the glass. A swirl revives a finger of froth effortlessly.

The smell of this brew is mineral-filled. A bit of citrus and roasted chocolate malt is present. As it warms up, a slight vanilla sweetness is felt which reveals the only inclination that this was a barrel aged brew. The expected yeast character was pretty much absent and left the aroma void of any distinguishing character.

The taste is as mineral filled as the aroma leads you to believe which is quite disappointing. It almost contains a veggie quality of funk about it that doesn't mingle too well with the mineral flavoring. A hint of chocolate malt comes forward mid palate with a bit of spicy alcohol and warmth. The aftertaste includes a touch of raisony alcohol that blends into a dry darker fruit flavor. A faint amount of something citrus like lemon is the last thing noted.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall this was a muddled mineral-enriched mess of a brew no matter how you twist it. I didnt really feel any saison character about this. The residual sweetness and minerals clash with way too much focus on atypical and unexpected character. I am appreciative of the chance to try this brew but it isn't something I would want to pay for or have again.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of imperialking
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
3.6 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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