Roak Brewing Co.

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #155
Ranked #17,041
3.92 | pDev: 15.82%
Roak Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 48 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of fredmugs
1/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this as a single at Siciliano's at KBS weekend based solely on the reviews here. It wasn't infected but as soon as it hit my lips I regretted it. Took a lot of water to get that taste out of my mouth.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is dark fruits and caramel.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Raisins, dates, and plums mixed with caramel malts. Light amount of yeast in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - Very solid Belgian strong dark ale. The flavors rich and ABV well hidden.
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Photo of breakingbland
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass that resembled a rather thin Willibecher. The beer has a gorgeous 1/4" tan head that stayed a while. The aroma was somewhat muted, but sweetness and dried fruits could be detected. The taste followed with the dried fruit components being the major players. The mouthfeel was very thick and almost oily but not objectionable. The carbonation was appropriate for the style. Overall, this is a very good beer. I'm eager to visit Roak and try some more of their beer.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle

Kashmir Strong Dark Ale is dark brown in color producing a 3/4-finger tan head that dissipated to a ring of foam in my tulip glass. The nose is sweet with dark fruits then a pleasant aroma of rum soaked dark cherries and caramel is noticed. The taste is similar but more complex than the aroma. The flavor starts off sweet with dark fruits upfront followed by dark cherries, caramel, raisin and even a light toasted malt. The mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and has a sweet, slightly dry and very light bitter finish.

This is my first brew from ROAK Brewing and I am impressed. I will sure revisit.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Roak's Kashmir a couple weeks ago for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. So far I just haven't really enjoyed any beers from this brewery, but I'm interested to see what they can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label art is really nice, it's got a good design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that hardly let any light come through with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin a ring that eventually faded away and it hardly left any lacing behind. This is good looking beer, it's just how I expect the style to look.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the dark fruits being the first to show up and it imparts more of a brighter and juicy dark cherry aroma with a little bit of raisins showing up in the background. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which imparts some nice estery aromas and it shows up just enough with a slight amount of spices coming through in the background. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a roasted malt and sweet malt like aroma with a little bit of candied sugar aroma also showing up. This beer has a good aroma that's true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the dark fruits still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects with the dark cherries still sticking out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts the same aspects and it's followed by light alcohol flavors that goes into the malts with some roasted and sweet malts showing up. On the finish there's a pretty much no bitterness with some sweetness and light alcohol taking it's place with some dark fruits showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer and it's just what I would expect from the style.

M- Fairly smooth, not too sweet, a little rich, slightly crisp, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, I didn't have the highest expectations given my history with roak and because this is a harder to style to do well, but this one surprised me and it ended up turning out to be a good and true to style Belgian Dark Strong Ale. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one is enough for me, it just isn't something I would drink multiples of. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it was, it's just what I've come to expect from the style and it's better than most american examples of the style. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend trying it, especially if you really like the style. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I was expecting the worst and what I ended up getting wasn't bad at all. It's now my favorite beer from this brewery by far and it's a really nice american example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Kashmir is a very fine offering from Roak. It poured a hazy dark opaque deep brownish amber. There was no head or lace. The scent had caramel sweetness. The taste had a great caramel base with almost port/bourbon like garnish. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this reminded me of a barleywine....was very good.

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Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Very dark brown with one finger tan head. Fairly short retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Raisins, figs, dates, plums, and caramel.

T: Bountiful dark fruits with sweet malts. Figs and dates mixed with a touch of caramel.

M: Full bodied with a sweet slightly dry finish.

O: Enjoyable Belgian strong dark. My first beer from Roak, and if they are all this good, it won't be my last!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, date, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, date, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, date, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first from ROAK, a great MI up-and-coming brewery.
for a dark ale it was great, as a belgian beer, not so sure.
more of a doppelbock look, feel and taste.
all-around worth a try, and will be getting more from this company soon.

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Photo of justinp444
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a very quickly dissipating chocolate head. Smells of sweet malt, dried fruit, plum, orange, a touch of spice, and caramel. Taste of roasted chocolate malts, plum, figs, caramel, cherry, and a nice little burn. Smooth and drinkable with a moderate mouth feel and body.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new brewery here in michigan. Only have about 6 different beers. I recently had the ipa and thought it was solid. This however is incredible. Tastes like cherries, plums and rasins. It's deliciously smooth. It you see it pick it u. Only 9.99 a four pack at 9.5 percent is a steal.

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Kashmir from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 48 ratings