Virginia Dark Ale | Brothers Craft Brewing

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Virginia Dark AleVirginia Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by lillitnn92 on 12-18-2013

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Yellolab2010
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of VBWharfRat
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElGordito
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hopbully
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%

Appearance: pours black, some mahogany around the edges. a half finger or so of a tannish head with an extremely strong retention and a solid sticky lacing around the edges. completely opaque due to the depth of color. 4.5/5

Smell: slight roasted malt, hinting at espresso, strong pine and slight citrus hop. strong dark caramel sweetness. 4.25/5

Taste: opens with a strong sweet base. full of deep caramel, hinting at dark fruits, such as plums. roasted malts are low key in the taste with just a hint at espresso. backend becomes bitter with piney hops and hints of citrus. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: light to medium body. some residual bitterness. 4/5

Overall: I have a hard time rating this one since I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I gotta say this is easily one of my favorites for a hoppy black ale. definitely not one to miss when trying three brothers or black ipas. great caramel sweetness hinting at the darker side that is just overbalanced by the piney almost sappy hops

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Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Beershack
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Rarrar
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark dark dark. Best I can tell, it's a quiet brew. Aggressive pour produces a half inch head. with terrific lacing.

S - some roasted smells. But otherwise, I pick up very little

T - Gentile malts up front, then a burst of roasted malt that disappears rapidly into a smooth finish. Some sweetness, almost as if there some finishing to be done to the fermenting. Almost a porter light.

M - some creaminess, above average carbonation

Not enough to get excited over. Needs more backbone and more finish. Nothing offending, but nothing amazing. middle of the road for whatever style this is

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Photo of sobobecky10
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, brownish-black coloring with a halo of off-white head. Nose of old-world fruits (plum and raisin), hints of booze, roasted notes, and subtle bitterness. Flavors are tangy and rich old-world fruit forward, with roasted and bitter undertones, subtle grapefruit highlights, chocolate notes, and roasted characteristics. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a citrus and bitter blended aftertaste, and a smooth, bitter, and dry finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of qchic
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle poured into glass even appears bigger than anticipated for a black IPA. Tan head on top of darkest brown body. More smoke and chocolate malt with only a hint of hop brightness in the aroma. First sip reveals more flavors than the aroma indicates. Sweet on the tip of the tongue, and then dry, bitter dark chocolate mingling with juicy fruit and cereal grain. Butterscotch in the finish, that also remains dry and bitter. Seems fuller bodied for the style and for being brewed in the summer. I'd try this again, but no earlier than late fall.

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Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Thomas0790
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit of hops. Taste is roasted malts, some coffee, light hops, smooth and easy drinking. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little light on the hops, but a pretty good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of gregor328
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of blbarnett3
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of hopluvaboom
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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Virginia Dark Ale from Brothers Craft Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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