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
Reviews by rudzud:
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3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottled 05/14/14, so roughly a month old.

A - Poured a nice dark dark brown nearly black hue with a thin one finger mocha head that faded very quickly to leave light wispy head and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of darker malts, light coffee, light roast and chocolate. Not much alcohol...I get ZERO hops though. Cmon now...

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Darker malts, roast, faint coffee, nice creamy chocolate. Faint, faint, faint bitterness on the finish. Its just, this drinks more like a barely hoppy porter than a black ale. The finish has some faint pine bitterness but like the nose I'm again left asking "Where are the hops?".

M - Mouthfeel is nice, brightly carbonated. Alcohol hidden well this is very drinkable.

O - Overall I was quite let down by this beer. Everything I've had from Three Brothers so far was a home run but this really really fell flat. The black aspect of this beer is great, nice chocolate and roast notes, but when it comes to the hops they're almost a non factor. A black IPA is usually nice and hop assertive with a great balance of roast dark malts and pine/citrus notes and bitterness. This beer, however, is more like a faintly hoppy porter which in the realm of black ales is not a good thing.

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Thomas0790
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

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 Bosoxfan20
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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Virginia Dark Ale from Brothers Craft Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 42 ratings