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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #139
Ranked #15,542
4.04 | pDev: 7.67%
Blacklist Artisan Ales
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Don’t be afraid of the Dark. Unlike some of its bigger brethren, Dark is not to going to scare you off by being too big or too sweet. Pleasant fruitiness swim in sync with roasted malts & dry cocoa; balanced and flavorful, each sip will draw you to its murky depths, but you probably won’t mind.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Czequershuus
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a standard black with a large pale brown head. The aroma features notes of chocolate covered cherries, craisin, date, fig, candied orange peel, walnuts, and a hint of clove. The flavor leads with dark chocolate, roast walnut and almond, and the shifts to espresso, vanilla, caramel, dried cherry, fig, date, a little baked banana, cinnamon, and clove. The mouthfeel is full, but tempered with a very high level of carbonation.Overall I was not sure what to expect from this one, but it delivers on both the Belgian and stout promises very well - roast coffee and chocolate malts mingle with oodles of dried fruit and spice, to create a beer with dessert like flavors but with a dried and drinkable demeanor.

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Photo of morimech
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Blacklist do not date their product so I seldom, if ever buy anything from them. But this is a stout in a can so I felt secure in my purchase. Not heavy in a Belgian way so if that scares people off, no need to fear. Not even sure they use a Belgian yeast. Slightly sweet, a little fruity, smokey, and finishes clean and dry. Feels a little thin and over carbonated.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i think i was expecting something sweeter, so the whole roasted element threw me a bit. a bit dry. mouth is rather thin. alcohol is well hidden.

it's not bad, but nothing i'd want to buy again. just something to say i tried.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

belgian stout was not something i cared much for in my earlier drinking days, but after maturing in my appreciation for belgian styles, i have grown to like these more and more each time i encounter one, and this beauty from blacklist is among the best i have had in the style from anywhere! its creamy headed and inky near black in color, with good body and a burnt coffee and roast aromatic to the grain, along with a lightly spicy, mellow, sort of wintery belgian yeast with faint clove and anise notes, plantain, and green apple. its enormously complex right away, and i am extremely intrigued. the flavor is as good as the nose, huge dark chocolate and coffee notes in here, a lighter fruity raisin and fig complexion as well, and a rich sweetness, molasses and tobacco, super wintery and warming, just a little alcohol coming through but a very cozy mix of flavors. i love the yeast in here, its not over the top belgian, but brings on a lot of fruitiness, apple and red wine and prune, but also a hearty winetry spiciness that is just perfect in here. it feels creamy and rich, well carbonated too through, and incredibly satisfying. my favorite beer yet from these guys by far, not too robust either for delicate foods like oysters! what a treat!

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark brown color. Nice frothy tan head - 1 1/2 finger. Decent head retention.
The nose is is caramel malty aroma.
The taste is somewhat boozy up front. Some sweetness. Some chocolate.
Decent body. Nice overall feel.
Good beer.

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Photo of CMEG
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice Belgian. Consistent with Blacklist's excellent Belgian style brews. The beer pours a nice dark color with a significant light brown head - due to the surprising amount of carbonation. Aroma is minimal - had hoped for more. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected - really refreshing. The taste is rich - coffee, with a hint of bitterness - and a really nice after-taste that lingers. Overall, a really nice dark beer - when you feel like a stout but want something a bit lighter.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque, black color with copper highlights and a small tan head of foam. It smelled of dark dried fruits, chocolate and toffee. Minimal bitterness. Tasted of Belgian candy sugar, molasses, toffee and dried dark fruits.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Smells primarily of roasty malts with a bit of a coffee profile, not much else. Not particularly complex, but pleasant and what you'd expect from a stout. The taste is very malty, roasted notes and definite coffee notes as well. The hops are earthy and mellow, and there's a slight fruitiness, maybe currant. Finishes dry and with a lingering bitterness. The yeast comes through as the beer gets warmer. The alcohol is covered very well. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth without being too heavy, and with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and surprisingly easy to drink for a dark beer in the summer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep dark brown under a lacy 2" medium tan cap with good retention refreshed by bubbles slowly rising to the top.

S: Mild roast dominates the aromas supported by chocolate, light levels of fruit, hints of coffee and hops.

T: dark bitter chocolate, moderate fruit and some nuts with traces of coffee in the background. There are no harsh or burnt roast flavors and the Belgian yeast flavors balance very well with the mild roast flavors. There is a mild earthiness in the background and a very mild funk. The hop bitterness is very mild.

F: The carbonation is above average and very fine and soft and moderates the roast and hop bitterness. The texture is very creamy with a medium body.

O: An interesting marriage that is delightful to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head which settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, toast, and Belgian yeast. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, smoke, and nuts. Moderate scent of Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper hints. Subtle hints of dark fruit. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, toast, and Belgian yeast. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, and smoke. Notes of Belgian yeast with some clove and black pepper. Undertones of dark fruit. Light earthy hop bitterness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice Stout. Good bitter dark roast flavor with a touch of Belgian yeast.

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Photo of ZAP
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I have this classified right. They call is a Belgian-style Imperial Stout....the yeasty notes compelled me to list it as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Dark brown color, no head....spicy, yeasty phenols...black pepper on the taste and aroma........dark cherries, raisins and plums add a bit of fruitiness.......body is medium-full.....finishes spicy with the black pepper...

Lacks the roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate notes I'd expect in a more traditional Imperial Stout. Not sure why they called this an Imperial Stout but it is definitely more along the lines of Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and a decent one at that.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 19 ratings