Dark Age
Wicked Weed Brewing

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From:
Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #91
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,339
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 6.51%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
471
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 30, 2022
Added:
Feb 16, 2013
Wants:
  107
Gots:
  114
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: Humanity's path out of the Dark Age is one without end. This path carries us away from the mystical to the measurable, from the magical to the mathematical, and is a meticulous tale of progress from madness to method. Yet, we still find wonder in the magic, and extraordinary potential in the mystery. Out of this yearning for the old ways, Dark Age Imperial Stout emerges from the Whisky Barrel, its dark malt complexity and bold, yet balanced, sweetness softened by its mystical evolution in oak.
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Rated: 4.15 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Aug 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.36 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought a bottle of this beer at the brewery last July in Asheville. Poured into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown color with thin brown head with good curtain lacing. Really nice smell of oak, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and whiskey. All this follows to the taste but at a bit lower level. Smooth, rich feel. Nice beer to celebrate a goal at hockey tonight!
Aug 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by mpolewan from Ohio

Jul 28, 2021
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
At 54 degrees pours black with grayish/ruby edges; quick dark tan head recedes quickly leaving a small island of micro dots and a thin plus ring; some spotted lacing and thin legs upon agitation. Strong bourbon nose up front, followed by sweet prunes; chocolate as beer warms. Bourbon forward entry, then sweet caramel, chocolate and dark stone fruit; bourbon and oak middle; prunes and chocolate covered cherries middle; bittersweet dark chocolate and bourbon in aftertaste. Medium full body; moderate minus carbonation; medium warmth in mouth from 12.3% abv; smooth, almost silky mouthfeel; not adjuncty; slight phenolic bite; dry barrel finish. Overall outstanding; the barrel notes are well balanced with base; bourbon is front and center; a tad thin for abv, which makes this beer dangerously easy drinking, and I personally like the subtle booziness; well done!
Jun 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2021
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Rated by robotic_being from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on date: 9-19-2018.
Dec 03, 2020
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Rated by InternetDrunk from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 10/25/16.. good color, a little thin. Taste of alcohol to be expected at 12%.
Oct 02, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/18/18, had 8/31/20.

Pours dark brown and opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some spotty cling. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, malt, char, oak, fudge, light bourbon, some cola and coffee, light toffee. Has a light, sweet aroma, a little like honey. Bourbon leads the flavor, then chocolate, caramel, vanilla, malt, oak, fudge, light coffee, light brown sugar. Mostly smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

The flavor is definitely the strong point, with great barrels and lots of chocolate. Well balanced between the barrels and base. Best fully warmed. Very enjoyable.
Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

Aug 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by Vivs85 from New York

Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a couple fingers of brown head. Deep dark brown color, effectively opaque. Smells mildly of bourbon, pleasant and not overpowering. Tastes like you would expect a bourbon aged Russian Imperial stout, with dark fruit followed by bourbon. Not too intense, some sweetness. Definitely doesn't taste like 13.9%. medium bodied with light carbonation. Straightforward and good bourbon aged stout, just wish it was more affordable.
Jun 22, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Date Bottled: 10.25.16

Notes of rich dark chocolate, espresso black coffee, char, licorice, anise, tobacco, mild smoke, oak barrel, sweet bourbon, marshmallowy vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, ash, with some earthy piney hops.
May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2016 vintage.

A: Deep black pour with two fingers of brown head. Decent retention. Tiny dots of lacing.

S: Fudge sauce, plenty of roast, woody char. The barrel is all over the nose as well, bringing a nice vanilla/marshmallow aroma, oak, and a whiff of spicy bourbon.

T: Semi sweet dark chocolate up front. Thick caramel fudge. Mocha. Loads of roast with a bit of a smokey impression too. Subtle black pepper. Faint suggestion of red fruit at its core. Big barrel influence creates flavors of bourbon ball candy, nougat and marshmallows, oak, and sweet bourbon. Finish is long, barrel-heavy, and wonderful.

M: Heavy bodied and thick, rich and full. Chewy and mildly coating with a creamy texture. Very mild wood tannin and alcohol warmth. Carbonation is fine and firmly gentle. Awesome.

O: This is one very well put together bourbon barrel aged stout. In fact, I’d consider it in the same breath as some of the elites. This 2016 vintage saw extended time in the back of the fridge, but I’d say it was plucked at its absolute peak.
Apr 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Feb 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by TheRock7755 from Georgia

Feb 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by BrutisDestructus from Indiana

Jan 11, 2020
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Rated by pkalix from California

3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2018 version and doesnt taste like it was kept in good condition until now...
Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by Richter525 from Michigan

Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Dec 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Sandis from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2018 version poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. I thought I'd enjoy this more than I did. The carbonation was a little more prevalent than I prefer. A touch of dryness. Some chocolate and roast. Decent flavor but the body seemed a bit thin.
Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2019
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375 mL bottle from the brewery. Poured into Trillium Six States glass.

L: Not much head, no lacing. Beer is a dark brown.

S: Very classic. Roasted malts, leather, tobacco, dried fruits, unsweetened cocoa. Textbook RIS notes...but...just a hint of booze.

T: Stays close to nose with the classic elements noted above. Definite domination of dried fruits and roasted malts. ABV burn hinted at in nose blessedly not evident, barely noticeable at al.

F: Pretty full-bodied, little to no carbonation. Very nice balance and solid construction. Not a lot of frills, but very very solid for a basic RIS.

O: Great RIS, greater when value added in.
Oct 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Sep 20, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A-Pours a dark color with a nice light tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous Bourbon, cocoa and caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice Bourbon, cocoa and caramel malt flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Russian Imperial Stout
Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 12.7 oz. bottle into a whiskey glass, this beer pours out like a black coffee. A finger worth of dense and creamy, caramel colored crown forms on top.

The nose brings nice caramel, coffee, roasted malts, a lot of chocolate all in front of the barrel presence made of leather, dry oak, figs and some dark fruit.

The taste brings loads of chocolate mixing with that dry barrel. Touches of coconut, dark fruit. I love the barrel presence. It’s balanced and evident the whole way through, but doesn’t overpower.

Dry, medium bodied, not too hot; more warmth from ABV than the barrel.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and how the barrel was integrated.
Aug 11, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but not great aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of dark fruit (raisins, figs), a lot of roasted malt (present throughout), a hint of caramel (fleeting), some chocolate (needed more), and a little bourbon (and its barrel). A surprisingly mild flavor. The bourbon isn't as present as it should be. It's not a terrible flavor, but it definitely needs a little boost.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good attributes. Worth a look.
Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.82 by DangerDawg from Ohio

Jul 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Jul 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark Age a Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Wicked Weed is a great full flavored stout with some dark fruit elements.

Look: black with an inch thick mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, bourbon

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, raisins, chocolate, a little bit of coffee and bourbon. The alcohol is well hidden for 12.00%.

Body/Overall: full body, a big flavored stout
Jun 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jun 20, 2019
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Rated by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2016 bottle
Age not being kinda to this a big rasin fruit bomb and not much else
Jun 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by thefrog114 from Florida

Jun 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

May 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by Unclevince from West Virginia

May 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 03, 2019
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Rated by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pretty tasty beer but pretty boozy. Lots of caramel and woody roastiness to this beer with a medium body
Apr 16, 2019
Dark Age from Wicked Weed Brewing
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