Darkest Night | Down the Road Beer Co.

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4.02/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Down the Road Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
dtrbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the enigmatic witch of Slavic folklore, our Darkest Night Imperial Stout is a heavy hitting ale with a strong malt backbone. Chocolate malts, blackprinz, roasted barley and rye combine in a maelstrom of richly complex sweetness offset by subtle Chinook and centennial hops. Drink it young to amplify the fresh, piney spice of the hops, or let the bottle age to evoke the full potential of its dark chocolate and coffee maltiness.

Added by Patches826 on 02-01-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,651
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
40
pDev:
9.45%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
Trade:
1
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark rich brown almost black color with a thin cap of an off white foamy head that glistened and slid off into wisps of clingy lace. The aroma breathes in melted chocolate fudge, rich creamy milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. The flavor blends nicely between the roast and the sweet allowing some bitter cocoa nibs, somewhat like powder. Semi-dry roasty to malty sticky fudgy aftertaste. Semi-smooth to roasty sort of sweet sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sipping quality about. Carbonation seems to be a bit lower than expected allowing a slight stickier quality, almost cloying, but not quite there. Overall, despite being a tad undercarbed, the aroma and flavor are exceptional.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was fantastic, aged about a year, and a b1 bottle. This was very thick, chocolately and roasty coffee with a bit a boozy bourbon on it . the most surprising part was I would have guessed this would have clocked in at 8 or 9 . Nope, actually 14%. This drunk so smooth, needless to say I was very impressed with this one. I'd almost buy this over BCBS or Parabola.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer hides the 14% abv so well. Glad I split it with someone! I really love the dark berry notes. Nice, full mouthfeel. I was really pleasantly surprised by this. I would get this again. Recommended.

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/23/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, licorice and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a bit of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big stout to sip on for a long time.

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3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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Darkest Night from Down the Road Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 40 ratings