DarkNESS | Loch Ness Brewery

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Brewed by:
Loch Ness Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 08-14-2013

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle purchased from the brewery for my by my dad. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a pleasant, oily black, with a fitful, but reasonable head of mocha-beige. Lacing is great, forming persistently wherever it moves. Body is solid, even for its 4.1% ABV. Fine carbonation. Looks good.

Dark, cocoa-rich chocolate, with a pleasant floral rose overtone on the nose. Hint of smokiness to it to give it a dab of added complexity. Very chocolate-heavy though, giving it a rich sweet fullness. It's extremely pleasant.

Taste is also very good. Rich, pleasant sweetness, more of that wonderful chocolate character laced with a brittle smoky or char roasted flavour around the edges. The body is still smooth, but light from its low volume. This means despite the depth of flavour, it's extremely drinkable.

Feel is smooth and undoubtedly light, but with a fullness to supply everything the body needs.

This was a really good beer: I didn't expect it to be quite as good as this. The richness that comes despite the sessionability is almost alchemical. It's smooth and sweet in flavour but light and drinkable despite this. Really wonderful stuff.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Smooth, Roasty, Balanced, Quaff

This Stout is a thing of beauty, inviting darkness has a perfect level of roastiness throughout. A bit of woodiness from the Admiral hops and a kiss of citrus from the Cascade. Long lingering finish with a seemingly never ending depth. A thing of beauty.

STYLE: Scottish Stout | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Iaido
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin light tan colored head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose. These seem to become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark chocolate along with notes of roasted malts, a light amount of bitterness and slight hints of licorice.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice amount of flavors in the taste for such a light-bodied beer.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the cask, in an imperial pint glass. black in color, the aroma is a touch roasty, nice cocoa notes too. Great flavor and balance. Nice smooth full bodied mouthfeel

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Steveakagi
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of igl
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Dentist666
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black stout with excellent monolith of tan head. Nice retention. Smell - milk, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is a bit sour (owing to milk acid?) that causes loss of balance and sweetness, the rest is typical for good stout - coffee, cream, chocolate. Pleasant mouthfeel with notes of tobacco. Moderate carbonation and reasonable drinkability.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Kiro
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DarkNESS from Loch Ness Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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