Children Of Darkness | HopDog BeerWorks

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Children Of DarknessChildren Of Darkness

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HopDog BeerWorks

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bylerteck on 05-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 10
Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown colour but there's colour noticeable because you can see a slight cloud in it. Tan head, medium retention. Could be darker, but I'm not complaining.

Loads of hops on the nose. Bit from the US and bit from NZ or maybe Australia, tangy and fruity but a good pine resin character to it as well. Could use more roast to balance it out as a Black IPA, but still lovely.

Dark roasty malt at the front that's quite pleasant but doesn't last long before the hops take over. Mostly US in this case, big citric character with slightly resnious finish. The oak comes through on the back and dries it up a bit with woody notes. Very nice indeed.

A bit dry at the end, a bit of carbonation but well padded by the decent body. Nice.

It's the kind of beer that I like, so I'm always going to be pre-disposed towards it, but I just think it's been attacked well; lots of flavour but a steady hand behind the rudder.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to MrKennedy for sending this one my way!! It poured out as a very lively black colored beer. The head was massive, very foamy and leaves a touch of lacing behind as we'll as a solid retention. The smell of the beer was chocolatey and hoppy also. The taste of the beer much like the nose came with some nice roasted malt flavors, chocolate and some potent hops in the bitter finish. The mouthfeel was a bit too carbonated I think. Would have liked this one to be a little smoother. Overall it was a pleasure trying this brew.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black colour with a creamy dark tan head. Good head retention.

Earthy and slightly fruity hop aroma that backs into a ton of coffee and chocolate. Some citrus on the back end.

Slightly chalky. Some roast. Lots of hop with a touch of co-humulone showing on the back of the palate. Touches of citrus. Moderate bitterness. Interesting and well integrated.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid Black IPA. Very nicely crafted and working well.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows heavy coffee, along with chocolate, vanilla and the faintest hint of piny hops. Not very BIPA-like but pretty enticing!
Very similar flavours, with the addition of an aggressive, piny bitterness in the finish.
Nice creamy carbonation.
Not particularly hoppy but good nonetheless.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd situation - bought a sixer from Platinum then stopped at Taphouse on way home and sampled.. here goes from the basic phone notes....

Pours black, with a cream head. Spotty lace looks nice.

Aromas of pine, with a hit of hops.

Taste is a big initial hop hit, then a great and complex blend of chocolate, and roast, all to style - a big beer.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, carbonation light.

Well made beer, another one for the little guys....

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at GABS in Melbourne earlier in the year. Just entering my written reviews now, only, what, 3 months late?

Pours a deep black-ruby colour, with quite good clarity. Body is quite firm, as is the head, forming a full crest of beige-orange. Lace is full, soft and fine. Looks great overall.

Aroma is brilliant: apricot, coconut and chocolate dance together in sweet, fruity but deep harmony. It's beautifully balanced between all of the elements of this barrel-aged IBA. Great stuff.

Feel enters with some lightly toasted grain characters, giving a solid but clean basis for what follows. Smooth fruits develop along with some barrel and slight booze characters, which give off characters of cherry and kirsch. On the back is a drying oak smoothness that lends suppleness to the palate overall. On the finish is a mild tonic bitterness which just ties everything up.

Smooth and dangerous, this is really great stuff. This was one of my favourites at GABS, and certainly the best HopDog beer I've tried so far. Keep it up, guys...

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Photo of bylerteck
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at GABS. From notes.

A - Poured black with a weak half finger of brown head. Good half finger of retention. Rings of lace.

S - Nice juicy hop, malt to balance, topical fruit, coffee.

T - Lot's of coffee, roast, chocolate, and hoppy goodness to mix with it. Nice and balanced. A little medicinal character with a fair bit of wood and dark fruit, gentle funk. Cool stuff.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, and a nice bitter finish.

O/D - Nice black IPA. Very complex and kept me guessing. Lot's of layers. Cool stuff.

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Children Of Darkness from HopDog BeerWorks
3.99 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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