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Dark Prophet | Funkwerks

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3.64/5
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105 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
105
pDev:
12.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Deep caramel brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good, especially for the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Overall, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian beers being aged in bourbon barrels, but this one seems to have a good balance. The bourbon adds just a light leathery component with hints of earth and mineral. The base gives mainly dark fruits - currant, plum, raisin, figs, and dates. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Oak and vanilla underneath. It's good, but I'm not sure the barrel makes this any better.

3.0 T: The taste sees the bourbon take a larger role. Instead of complementing the brew, it interferes with the base flavors. It just doesn't work. Boozy with leather and mineral. A moderate amount of astringency as well. The dark fruits found in the nose are there, but they fall second to the bourbon. Same goes with the molasses, caramel, and brown sugar.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Nice creaminess. This would be great here, but the astringency lingers on the finish.

2.75 D: Another example of a perfectly fine beer being overrun by a barrel. Belgian and bourbon rarely works well and this is just another example of this.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This seems sacrilegious... Not the beer, but the current rating on the beer and the fact that people could rate this below 3.0.

What the hell?

Personally, I enjoyed this beer. A bit costly, I agree. But I am very pleased with it's balance above all things. There was a lot of thought put into this to make sure the beer shines in all the directions it should.

Pours a nice deep amber brown, verging on a bit of a heavy rust color when held to the light. The head sticks around as a good, thin slightly dark khaki.

Smells slightly earthy, slightly boozy, with a bit of whisky. There is a really nice brown sugar, molasses scent to it and there is a dark fruit presence with maybe a hint of candied raisins. The smell is pretty gentle. The sweet candied smell is the most prominent. Maybe a hint of oak to it.

The taste brings in dark fruits and earth, it's almost immediately a bit dirty in taste which intermingles with the base of bourbon which is not immediately sweet either. I taste a little brown sugar, a little molasses, caramel and even smaller amount of chocolate. And what chocolate there is, it is very dark and dry. I get some of the candied raisin coming through and the booze kind of over hangs once you get into about the halfway point. A great oak flavor which dries out with a very great subtle vanilla character.

The last thing on taste I have to point out is that there is an odd saison sort of thing lingering in with the body. Go figure... Funkwerks does saisons! Tons of saisons and how is one not to expect a little saison in this... maybe the bottle even mentions this. And mentioning this I have to say that maybe this is a bit of a duel beer. It does noticeably make me think of a few, really nice lighter bodied Belgian dark ales I have had. While at the same time it is reminiscent of a few dark saisons I have had. It's a crossroads sort of beer.

Getting into the body, it is light for the alcohol content, but not watery or dull. The body matches perfectly with the mellow and even flavors that come through. It's not overly warmed by the booze and that matches the body as well.

One thing I have to give high praise to is blend. If this were a full on bourbon barrel, it would be blinded. It would likely be nothing but bourbon. But the blending and partial aging was a good idea. It adds flavor but lets the rest of the elements come through.

I wish the flavors were a bit more vigorous overall, but I think it is very good Belgian style. I will be buying this agin to cellar for a bit as mentioned on the bottle. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy a good saison... and a good Belgian dark.

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3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a deep dark tea in color with a light khaki head.

S - Sweet bourbon & oak, light yeast, pomegranate and vanilla.

T - Sweet throughout, bourbon shows up, molasses, some charred notes and dark cherries.

M - Medium mouthfeel & carbonation. A bit cloying.

O - A bit muddled, somewhat of a mess and very sweet throughout.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 105 ratings
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