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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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 48
Photo of Dulahan
5/5  rDev +47.9%
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 +33.4%
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 +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2016: Barrel-Aged Emperial Stout

Aged in bourbon and rum barrels. Pous 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 CraigP83
3.21/5  rDev -5%
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 gregy55902
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +1.8%
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 Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
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 MangoCitrus
1.9/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

So I literally created a BA account because of this beer. Unfortunately that's not a good thing for Bent Brewstillery. I love supporting local beer and there are a ton to choose from. I was excited to try this one and the name and look are awesome and I always love trying new MN beers. I don't want to "hate" on a brewery or a beer but I think spending 8 bucks on a beer that is way subpar is unacceptable. I would advise not purchasing this beer until the brewery changes something, because this was just awful. It tastes iron-y like blood, and too much licorice and currant (or something herby and weird). It is not even close to the level of other Imp. Stouts. Sucks cause I want to support all the local breweries. Hopefully they can get it going in a better direction, but I would strongly advise putting your money toward a better Imp. Stout.

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Photo of JohnSnowNW
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
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 pat61
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%

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 -26%

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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Photo of R1nzl3r
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

Just had 2014 Dark Fatha. This year it is aged on bourbon barrels. Ill do a more detailed review later.

My initial impression is, this is a imperial stout age on bourbon barrels. Reminds me alot of the clown shoes line (Uni-dragons) with maybe a little less body. Then theres the bourbon taste, it almost has a cherry taste to it. Overall very good beer. I think this beer is a little "green" or "young" tasting. I think just sitting on the shelf for a month or two would really mellow it out and make it almost perfect.

I would give this beer a solid 87/100 as it stands, but in a month of mellowing, im guessing 89-90/100

This one will definitly be in my rotation.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark Fatha American Empirical Stout. (whatever that means). Brewed in Minnesota, brewed 7 bottled by Bent Brewstillery, Roseville, MN. Est. 2012. Alc. 9.3% by Vol, 57 IBU. SRM 60.

The label depicts Darth Vader in a pimp suit. Cute gag, but not sure of the point. Dark beer. Dark Lord of the Sith. Purple robes and chain, feathered hats…something got skipped.

It's solid blackness, that's for sure. Richly roasted tan head, lush and plush.

Aroma: many flavors unfolding. Molasses. Espresso. Cocoa nibs. Some anise. Dark rum. Nice.

Taste: Arrives rather cool on the palate, delivering dark fruit flavors, rich malt character, dry chocolate and coffee notes. Sweetness always held in check, kept at bay, nicely dry. I'd have to say medium-bodied, for it just isn't as full as we'd want from an Imperial Stout. But, no, this is an "Emperical Stout", which has to mean something. It's flavorful, and the alcohol has started to ring in for real and for true. It's like an Imperial Stout that doesn't want to go all the way. It's pussied out. Maybe there's a reason for not doing an Imperial Stout right?

Maybe it's on the label? "This distinctive hybrid beer style combines the crisp, clean feel of a light ale with the dark cocoa roasted smoothness of a stout."

With all due respect, that's one of the dumbest things I've read on a bottle of booze in a long time. Compared to a true Russian Imperial Stout, it's a dismal failure. Compared to this hybrid style nobody asked for, this American Emperical Stout, well, it's crashing success. I guess.

Me, I'm left feeling dull and deadening. All of the alcohol and none of the fun. I need the richness and fullness for a beer this boozy. Seriously, who asked for a hybrid of light and strong? Makes no sense. A poor decision.

Like having Darth Vader carry balloons in his hand and speak like Daffy Duck.
Or making Greedo shoot first. This one is weak with the force.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
1.43/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Was a little tentative about trying this after looking at the other reviews. But this brewery is within walking distance from where I work so I figured I'd risk the $8. Poured from a bomber into an Imperial pint glass, formed a large frothy head dark brown. This beer is dark and inviting.

Wait this doesn't smell quite right.

This beer tastes like nori (the seaweed that is used on some sushi). Another sip after it's warmed up a little more, I can't drink this.

Felt okay but I couldn't take a fourth sip. Drain pour.

I'm sorry but this is really bad. Can not recommend.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that quickly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: 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. Also some hints of anise spice. Very faint hops. A decent stout aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, roasty, and burnt stout taste with notes of chocolate, oat, and smoke. 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. Slight notes of anise spice. Somewhat boozy. A decent taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly sticky. Some alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: Ok for a lighter version of a imperial stout. Kind of rough around the edges with the heavy charred presence but the taste is ok overall.

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Photo of maximum12
1.54/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up recently on sale because hey, I like to try new, local beer that isn't outrageously priced. This wasn't too far off, but...hey. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark black, carbonation looks like it's been sucked away in the airless void. Smell weighs in favorably with chocolate, roast, though light on both.

Dark Fatha you are herewith served with a restraining order by my tastebuds. Good many-armed diety of Sycloth VI, what is this? Roast barely slows down going off the cliff into ashiness, which is something of a knock on ash. Coffee burnt on the bottom of the carafe, then left for a couple months, scraped off with a rusty nail, then poured into my glass - that's what this tastes like. I'd go on, but this is so mind-bendingly awful that I can't bear to take another sip.

Wow. I hate to be relentlessly negative, but really? Who thought it was a good idea to release this beer? I may have to destroy the glass it's in. The worst attempt at a beer I have had in a long time.

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Photo of hopazoid
1.83/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First I will answer a question in an earlier review asking if these guys were from Bent Paddle Brewery. That answer is NO. As for the beer the color was ok. The smell was less than average. The taste was AWFUL at best. I really don't have anything good to say about this beer. I took 3 sips then poured it down the drain along with the rest of the bottle.

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Photo of Stimulus199
1.54/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is nice - thick, chocolate head that fades quickly. Mouthfeel is extremely thin; flavor is... off. I don't know how to describe it. Tastes like stale homebrew. Very little resemblance to the traditional style. I ended up drain-pouring about 1/2 the bottle. Tough to swallow (literally and figuratively) at $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of TCMike
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first beer from these newbies. Very impressed.

Produced a three finger, beige head. Beer color is so brown, that it's practically black.

The aroma is of roasted malts, and a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Not very strong, but nice.

Taste is similar, but it does have a hint of hop bitterness, and dry finnish. Has a lower, heavy body, and medium carbonation.


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Photo of Beerlover
4.78/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

my first beer from "bent brewstillery" have never seen any other beers from them or have herd of them. pours black and slightly thick and oily in appearance, with a half inch dark khaki head. smells very roasted malty with some hints of dark chocolate, coffee and even a tad bit of molasses. the initial taste is typical of a r.i.s. just like the aroma, balanced for a imperial stout not too boozy, the carbonation is a little high in the mouthfeel - medium to medium high for a stout. the aftertaste of this beer is amazingly molassesy! the most molasses I have ever tasted in a beer but only in the after taste.... wow! I love the molasses in this pig!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Described as, "The best mistake that (they) ever made", this American 'Emperial' Stout borrows layers the roasted taste of stout on a lighter and drier malt base than is usual. Its results really bring the roast to the forefront.

The black beer pours with an ominous and opaque attitude. Its large mocha-stained column of foam races to the rim with a moussey appearance. Nearly complete in its retention, its froth is equipped with scattered lace that trails in the beer's wake.

Sharp roasty aromas are of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted walnuts and the campfire scent of burnt embers. Charred dark fruit and an aggressive earthy scent reminds the nose of cut grass and pine cones. A sharp peppery note tingles the nose heading into that first daring sip.

Bold roasty sweetness of burnt sugars could be of molasses or brown sugar, just ahead of bitter chocolate, nutty bitterness and ground espresso. Smooth and stern early on, the beer develops added char flavor in the later half of taste with elements of fresh-cracked peppercorns, ash, vinous tartness and medicine- especially as the grain alcohol flavor sets in. Bitter in its finish, its bite comes from roast-derived bitterness and pithy, citrusy, resiny and grassy hops.

Its short-lived sweetness proves to be fast-fleeting in order to allow this full-bodied ale to dry in quick fashion. After the carbonation wisps away the sweetness, what's left is a lot of ash and burnt vegetative taste. Burnt grass, burnt fruit and burnt wood leads to a spicy and astringent finish with sour wine acidity.

Where this curious, aggressive and intimidating beer has a lot of promise, it has some serious roughness around the edges. Somewhat out of control, age should temper its energy and smoothen out.

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Dark Fatha from Bent Brewstillery
3.38 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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