Darkling
Night Shift Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #429
ABV:
12.9%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,115
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
117
From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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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 j44thor:
Photo of j44thor
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Why is this still retired? New batch released yesterday and sold about 1k bottles.

Overall fantastic bba stout. A baby bcbs.

Looks like a standard imp stout.

Nose is very bourbon forward, ton of vanilla and oak. Really outstanding and makes you think this is going to be a hot bourbon bomb.

Taste is not what I expected in a good way, this is incredibly smooth already and not nearly as bourbon forward on the palate. Just a great well balanced imp stout with no heat present at all. Dangerously smooth for a 10% beer. Not quite the depth of a well aged bcbs but this doesn't require any aging.

Mouthfeel is med to full and prob where the abv is most noticeable. This isn't as viscous as a 13% or higher beer but it doesn't detract at all from the experience.

Overall an outstanding bba stout that can go head to head with the best of them. This might be the best fresh bba stout going. I'm going to lay a couple down but I'm not sure it will do much for it.

Night shift can clearly make a great bab stout, here's hoping to them putting more emphasis on this style.

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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