Absolute Darkness India Dark Ale | Vancouver Island Brewing

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Absolute Darkness India Dark AleAbsolute Darkness India Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Derek on 03-21-2013

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by RooferOnFire:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (What's On The Cover)- The second of their Brewer's Batch series, this IDA looks like you're in trouble. It features a black label with a story about our island's caves and the brewer's description of the beer for the uninitiated. It comes in a bomber only, with 6.5%abv and was poured into both a small keg taster and thin mug.

Appearance (What's Inside) - Turkish coffee with a nice head, excellent retention, and porter-like cream. Thicker than blackstrap molasses.

Smell - Distinctive floral and grassy hops right away with some chocolate undertones. A bit of a nose-clearing affect that I can't put my finger on. I'm thinking hibiscus. I'm not turned off in the least.

Taste- Roasted coffee hits you right away, but doesn't stay there. Beautifully floral hops accentuate all of what's going on here, and there is a lot happening. Coffee, grapefruit, grasses, rose are highlighted. Aftertaste of fruity and floral hops and chocolate porter that fade into the night.

Mouthfeel - Luscious with slight overcarbonation for the style, but not unpleasant for my palate. It is full, but most certainly not as chewy as anticipated. Enjoyable. Balanced.

This came recommended and I will not be sending it back. A decent endeavour into the IDA class by Vancouver Island. While it is not the hop bomb of a Phillip's Amnesiac or American beast, it doesn't pretend to be- it's a very well-balanced hybrid of a DIPA and CDA that offers something new with each taste, yet finishes clean.

Vancouver Island is a great, working-man's brewery, putting out classic beer styles for the not-so-masses that this roofer has enjoyed for a good long while. This is one of their initial forays into snobland, and they have done shockingly well. The only sadness that occurs is when you finish a bottle, as you know you can't drive to acquire more. Luckily, tomorrow awaits.

I may cellar a couple to see what happens to the hops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of souvenirs
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark like coffee, with three fingers of tan head. Floral aroma with a hint of cocoa. Grassy hops and cocoa, a combination that works better than I would have expected.

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Photo of Steelheadman
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/5 WOW! WOW! WOW! This beer thinks it's a stout and a porter, and IPA all in one glass. Everything balances out perfectly equal! The smell is heavenly . The hop flavor is smooth and not over powering . the coffee rich taste lets you no this beer is special with every sip . one of the best beer I've had in a while . it gets a solid 5 . well done Vancouver island brewery .

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vancouver Is. Brewing 'Absolute Darkness' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is brown from the bottle to a cascadian brown in the glass with a medium size tan/beige head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy dark ale
T-good tasting at first mellow bitterness on the swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-surprisingly good beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a light tan head, decent retention, leaves a bit of lace.

S: Fresh leafy hops, floral, grassy, bit of citrus. Hints of underlying roasted coffee & nuts.

T: Very green/fresh, a little more time for the hops to mellow might be an improvement here. Hops are very grassy, with light citrus & floral notes. Dark caramel, coffee & roasted nuts from the malt, solid bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight acidity.

O: A decent brew. The malt character is somewhat porter-like, so it's certainly more of a Cascadian dark than a black IPA.

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Photo of cbnz
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of artemh
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kenmac19
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Niceroad77
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of imfinished
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Absolute Darkness India Dark Ale from Vancouver Island Brewing
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 17 ratings