Darkling
Night Shift Brewing

DarklingDarkling
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #428
ABV:
12.9%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,114
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
117
From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
DarklingDarkling
Notes: Rich, luscious, decadent and freakishly smooth bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 117 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Severymusic:
Photo of Severymusic
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Halloween weekend release, opened and consumed about a month later. Harpoon plastic point glass like a goddamn animal.

Overall - buy this. It's delicious even if it's $20 for 750ml. Smooth at 12%, smells like bourbon, tastes like coconut and fudge, dry mouthfeel but taste lingers a bit. Doesn't coat the mouth like some stouts that are as thick as cough medicine.

Look - I don't put much weight into this category. It looks like beer. Specifically it's dark like a stout should be. Not oil but damn close.

Smell - light bourbon, slightly sweet.

Taste - a little more complex with notes of coconut and chocolate in addition to the bourbon.

Feel - I'm not a huge fan of the thick, cough medicine-esque stouts. Darkling packs all the flavor but keeps it relatively light. Some tannins to keep the mouthfeel dry even though the taste lingers in your mouth for a good while.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mntlover
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark is black no real light showing through when held to the light. Small tan head falls to nothing just a dab of lace.

Aroma is roasted malts nice soft chocolate light vanilla, bourbon and oak. Some light hints of fruits but don't really get the brandy. Nose is kind of soft and inviting but not add big as you works think a big ass stout would be.

Taste is like the nose good roasted notes big chocolate, lighter bourbon, vanilla, oak light fruitiness. Maybe some brandy notes in the taste that I didn't find in the nose.

Mouhfeel is a big medium with nice mellow carbonation.

Overall not bad enjoyable, nothing to outrageous but solid new. Would be willing to have it again.

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Photo of rab53
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of the_beerist
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at EBF 2016
Solid black color. Big rich chocolate malt notes. Light earth and hints of pitted fruits. Faint hints of oxidation, decent enough beer.

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Photo of dsigmon
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rocksteady726
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mattycasey
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liquorpig
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown where no light passes. Lots of minor spots for lace.

Chocolatey with some rum alcohol warmth and sweetness.

Rich in body and flavor with a strong cocoa. There's some berry and cinnamon to the tongue.

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Photo of bobv
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a dark brown body with nice lacing. Wonderful nose of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste follows to a "T." Very nice feel on this and overall, so glad I opened this tonight when I did as it paired magnificently with my chili! Cheers!

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

04/08/2016

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Photo of benzalman
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This aged particularly well. Liked it better than when I had it a few months back.

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Photo of Shaymus
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkling from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 117 ratings