In The Dark We Live
Tempest Brewing Company

In The Dark We LiveIn The Dark We Live
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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #182
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,202
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
31
From:
Tempest Brewing Company
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by qchic:
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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The lable suggests it's a hybrid of the contemporary IPA (fruity/hoppy) and Porter styles.
L- It's certainly black. It's bottle-condition/unpasteurised and the sediment, even it's it's well rested, stirs up into the pour veeery readily. 2mm fine-bubble dark tan head.
S- Mild coffee and hedgerow fruits + a bit smokey.
T- Pretty pungent coffee, deep roasted fruits, into hoppy/dryness that builds for a few seconds.
F- It's got presence in the mouth for sure plus some richness. The 7.2% isn't hard to feel either with it's moderate zing.
O- It's certainly very different. Like espresso and sour blackberry juice pimped to 7.2%. I can see this working very well amongst younger beer fans, esp those with over-pretty beards; 'it's very clever'. Interesting to try but there's nothing I find to make me wish to seek it out again.
330ml bottle. BB: Oct/2019 '#BN654'. Unpasteurised/unfilted. Bought from Beerhawk.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a large off-white/light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light piney hops notes is enticing. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt, light bitterness with some piney hops notes with some subtle blackberry notes also apparent. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable black IPA with a nice blackberry twist that really fits in.

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Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well before official expiry date, but still rather thin and low hop. Below the standard of a Black IPA. LCBO online.More of a sessionable IPA - Black IPA version.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet; blackcurrant jellies plus licorice + ash; black rye, meat + char, blackberry then evergreen, resin, pine sap + orange rind. Long spicy linger. Goes savoury as it opens.

4 4 4.25 4 4.25

3 months from expiry, which never helps. But we've got a live one: porter notes, this big streak of purple fruit, and some swampy dank to end. Top 50 BIPA on RB, which I could get with just by virtue of uniqueness. Mosaic, Columbus and Simcoe is the rumour, which would mostly explain, actually. A bit intense to enjoy swiftly or repeatedly, but a singular example.

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Photo of digita7693
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of desint
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of samEBC
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a chunky beige head.
S: Piney.
T: Piney but porter like, with a slight fudge quality at the back. Also some hoppy earthiness. Some of that classic American hoppy marmalade.
O: It's a hoppy American porter/black ale, or whatever you want to call it, and a quality one at that. I need to check out more from this brewery.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Craft & Draft. Pours a very dark brown, with a very tall head with good retention. Tons of resinous hops in the nose, together with milk chocolate, roasted malts and cocoa. Hop bitter taste, with notes of resin mixed with dark chocolate, ice coffee and a tiny bit of sourness.

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Photo of Spike
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. A smokey, dry, dark IPA. Roasted malts, soft berries, wood, liquorice, alcohol, bitter chocolate, moderate carbonation. Enjoyable, high ABV, sipper.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark color with light brown head. Aroma is really fresh and hoppy. Smells like a standard IPA, not a black one. In the taste you get a slight roastiness but only on the finish and aftertaste. Hops are fresh and grassy. Body is soft, balanced out by a crisp carbonation. Really well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of Big_V
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Allegue04
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoann
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a pint
A - Pitch black with a yellowish foam
S - Grapefruit hops in a black ale?
T - Only grapefruit once more letting a bitter aftertaste and hiding everything else
M - Not very carbonated but it fits the style
O - I thought I was drinking a black ale but it feels more like an IPA and I'm not sure it's a good thing.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mytu420
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle Corks of Cotham, Bristol. Pours dark black with a large foamy tan head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - citrus, grapefruit. Taste - roast malts, black juicy fruits with a dry bitter finish. Lovely brew to just sip and take in the balance between hops and malts. One of the best black pale ales I have tasted. Tragic if this is no longer being brewed.

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Photo of hdtrice
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In The Dark We Live from Tempest Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 31 ratings