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:
105
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Yokoono76
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: beautiful dark chestnut color, thick head quickly dissipates. Some sludgy cloudiness halfway though glassful.

S: reminds me of muscat grapes, but not as sweet. Also has a slight banana scent. Overall, a nice aroma. Heavy alcohol on the nose. My husband commented part way through the tasting, " reminds me of aqua net, with the fruity alcohol scent".

T: definitely taste the bourbon! nice coffee notes, dark cherry, roasted malt, slightly nutty, metallic feel on the tongue after swallowing, a mild sweetness that I can't identify.... Maybe grapes? Can taste the alcohol after ingesting, but not overwhelming.

M: nice hearty and heavy feel. Carbonation compliments the heaviness of the brew.

O: my first impression is confused, my palate doesn't really know what to do. The initial swig doesn't taste the best. However, some other flavors do surface like a rich coffee, dark cherry flavor follwed by a roasted malt... I like that part! I think I paid $15 for the bottle, if it were less expensive I might buy it just for variety, but this would otherwise not be something I would buy again. It's not a bad beer, but its not a great beer either. it's certiainly unique, but something just doesn't speak to me. It leaves me wanting... There is no prophetic message here.

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Photo of Vonerichs
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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Photo of kylemckinnis
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Twal
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of denver10
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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drewone
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 crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rymish
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting that reviews are all over the place on this one. Finally managed to score a bottle, #75/625, poured to tulip. The beer pours a deep dark mahogany color with a nice 3 finger beige head with unreal retention and lacing. Looks phenomenal. The nose is rather complex, a blend of vanilla, plum, raisins are most prevalent. The flavor follows suit with again the dark fruits most dominant. Hints of toffee, cocoa. Not a lot of saison character, more similar to a belgian dark (edit: which is how it's listed here on BA). The barrel aging allows for a mild oak flavor. A lot going on here. Enjoyable. Higher end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, very enjoyable and different. Glad to have purchased.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. Into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. $15. Bottle 261/675.

A: Pours a muddy brown in color with a khaki colored head that foams up to an inch and a half and doesn't want to fade away. Very cloudy and murky. Nice spots of lacing left behind as the head slowly dies.

S: Interesting smells, fair amount of vanilla and spicy saison yeast mixes with roasted barley and chocolate. Fair amount of caramel and oak. Not a ton of bourbon but there are some whiskey notes. Interesting.

T: Definitely an odd beer here, charred barley, caramel and a bit of bourbon. Slight little bit of chocolate in there too, but there isn't any residual sweetness, as the yeast here is highly attenuative. Oak and bourbon linger around on the tongue and make for an odd, but enjoyable beer. Yeast profile is not really what I'd expect in a dark beer, but it works.

M: Light in body with huge carbonation, finish is dry and slightly boozy.

O: I'm used to bourbon barrel beers being much sweeter, but this beer is quite dry. Interesting stuff with some true character. It will be interesting to see how these bottles continue to age.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Brown colored beer with a tan head and a bit of a tan head. Left some spots on the sides.

S - Chocolate, booze, herbal notes, booze, oak, chocolate. There's a lot of stuff going on in this

T - Too much strange stuff in this. I think this is infected. Chocolate saison? Yeasty BA barleywine? What is this stuff? A mix of styles that doesn't really mix.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit creamy.

O - Didn't care for this beer. Believe it's infected. If it's not, then it's just strange and not very good.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mikereaser
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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 Sean9689
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours darker brown in color, tan head, spotty lace, thick cap.

S - Sweet and sour, Belgian yeast, dark fruits, some chocolate, big booze, oak. This beer is all over the place and I don't think it even knows what it wants to be.

T - Simliar to the nose...very confusing. Belgian yeast, notes of a stout, notes of a barleywine, and notes of a saison. I guess if you throw a bunch of different styles together, you get this beer? Dark fruity, oak, booze, light tartness, carmel. I'm confused.

M - Medium to full body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not sure what to say about this beer, expect it confuses me. It's some hybrid style "A mahogany saison with flavors of dark fruits and chocolate that was aged in oak bourbon barrels adding warmth to the finish." That said, I won't be having it again.

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Photo of siddhartha
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Dark Prophet from Funkwerks
3.6 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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