Dark Fatha | Bent Brewstillery

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Brewed by:
Bent Brewstillery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Fatha’s 2016 verison is aged in bourbon and StormBringer Spiced Rum barrels for a very distinctive hybrid flavor. Big and booming, yet, with a delicately light soul, Dark Fatha is a deep, rich, and velvety strong stout-like drinking a whiskey soaked in chocolate cake.

ABV varies from year to year.

Added by BEERchitect on 11-05-2013

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Photo of einman
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Servocam
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too sweet. Worth getting, but only once.

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Photo of tvenne
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dulahan
5/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Complex is how I would describe this one. Reading the description I see it was aged in Rum barrels, and you can definitely catch some hints of it once you sip it and let the flavors mature in your mouth. It is particularly interesting how it's paired with different foods I've had. Wonderful with a German sausage and spicy peppers. Excellent with a burger topped with some cajun sauce. Oddly, not as good with a bacon and barbecue sauce burger, though that only because it seemed to hide the various flavors somehow.

Either way, this is a great beer for someone who likes darks with a complicated palette.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.51/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I would like to give a shout out to Bent Brewstillery for tweaking their ingredients on this one. A sweet and roasty dark malt driven aroma with hints of chocolate and toast. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, oats, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Sweet scent of burnt molasses. Went from an 9.3% 2015 prior beers to 2016 Dark Fatha's 12.5% ABV. They also aged it in bourbon barrels and StormBringer Spiced Rum barrels. Big thanks to them on that. I would say this could be a nice entry level beer from a stout to a barrel-aged stout. The body is light but the ABV is their and hidden to almost nothing. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of chocolate, dark coffee, burnt toast, oats, grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, smoke, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of burnt molasses and a fruity dry finish. Overall, it's a nice entry level imperial stout. Will buy again!

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.39/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*2017: Barrel-Aged Emperial Stout*

Aged in bourbon and rum barrels. Pours a motor-oil black colour. Boozy rum nose with vanilla, black banana, sticky dense tree fruits, whiskey oak, treacle, and a dense sweetness. Heavy mouthfeel and a thick coating of whiskey, burnt grain, and cocoa nib which lingers on. Boozy but balanced, and a lilt of carbonation to ease up on the sweet denseness prevailing throughout. I get the rum, vanilla, and black banana upfront, while the whiskey and roasty profiles are prevalent near the finish. Brulee and dark toffee body. Hint of dryness in the afterpalate.

*2016: Barrel-Aged Emperial Stout*

Aged in bourbon and rum barrels. Pours a motor-oil black colour. Rum nose, vanilla, whiskey, milk chocolate and syrupy sweet. Big alcohol bourbon upfront, vanilla, milk chocolate body intermediary, with a rounded rum finish. For the style, no heavy mouth coat or sweet finish. Carbonation is peppery enough to cut the malt. Dry enough aftertaste.

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Photo of nmann08
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hendrick24
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigP83
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost pitch black, hold it up to the light and it's crimson around the edges. Smell is super boozy , but not bourbon or oak, almost white wine or a clear liquor. Coffee flavor, a bit thin bodied

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Photo of millelacsmark
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gregy55902
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got and drank this today. Sure it's not super meaty and thick, but that is really the only knock on this beer. Light bourbon notes with a heavy dose of vanilla beans or at least vanilla extract. Toffee and cocoa were also noticeable. It was a good offering from a young brewery - don't know why people drain-poured this. Maybe the 2014 version was wildly different? Anyway, good dessert beer! I like it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark Fatha pours a black color with a small but lacing white head. Weaker aroma, but nice notes of bourbon and wood. Taste has a nice bourbon flavor, good barrel notes too. Flavors are very light, and body is watery. Overall while it is a good beer, it a fuller body would make it excellent.

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Photo of couchsitta
3.99/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FrankieStanton
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, thick pour, good head.

Smell: Wood, vanilla, hint of cinnamon.

Taste: Dark fruit sweetness, cherry, vanilla from the barrel. A little bit of rye tang in the middle, more fruity in the finish.

Overall: Picked up a bottle to try of this local. The barrel influence is there but different than your standard bourbon-barrel aged beer, more straight wood and tanginess. The base beer also seems fruitier rather than roasty/chocolatey. Interesting and pretty tasty.

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Photo of WMbeer
4.44/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of plumcrazyfx
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JohnSnowNW
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm just going to post why I've given it a lower rating.

The nose is very bourbon forward, with some chocolate, but also has an underlying metallic smell.

Taste follows the nose, quite heavy on the bourbon/Rye/Scotch barrel, with light chocolate and a finish that I would liken to the metallic taste of blood. As though you were eating a rare steak. I like my steak rare, but I do not want it in my beer.

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Photo of vikinghorn
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%

Rich grain aromas remind me of the aromas around a malt house when the kiln is running and suggest the beer is very fresh. This precedes a big chocolate nose.
Pours pitch black with a 1/2" finely bubbled tan collar.
The palate is surprisingly light considering the rich black pour offering up a lot of graininess, lighter malt character and biscuit flavors with chocolate and a touch of roast. the darker malt and roast flavors work with rather than over whelming the grain flavors. A light astringency on the finish from the grain.
Very creamy smooth with a body just above medium and medium fine carbonation. Slightly warming but the alcohol is for the most part well hidden.

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Photo of Bravak
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Boy, wasn't sure what to expect, but definitely different. Love the label design, and first aroma was candied molasses, sweet and bitter in a way. Then it just started foaming and tasted oxidized, with sherry and wet cardboard flavors and aromas taking over.

Seemed like this was old or something. Unfortunately I could not finish.

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Dark Fatha from Bent Brewstillery
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 50 ratings