After Dark | Nelson Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nelson After Dark is a dark, British-style Dark Mild Ale, lightly hopped and brewed with the finest imported dark roasted malted barley that gives the beer lovely chocolate overtones and smooth easy drinking character.

Added by BKotch on 08-08-2002

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 16
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a tasty brew from a solid brewery. NBC was making organic beer long before it was fashionable to do so, and they generally do it well. This is a rich ale, full of roasted malts, chocolate, and faint coffee notes. It looks good, smells of malt and dark fruit, and fills your mouth. It's a bit rough around the edges, but it provides a dry, somewhat warming finish. This is in my regular rotation when I'm the mood for something rich.

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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a standard pint glass at the Bottlehouse in Calgary. A murky flat chocolate brown brew with three fingers of frothy beige head.

Aroma is at once sweet, floral, earthy, and fruity. Prominent raisin-like sweet note, sour apple, rum, spicy perfume that recalls incense.

Palate is chocolate cake, light molasses, toasted dry nuts, biscuit, a slight cherry juice fruitiness, cola-like brown spice. Improves as it warms. A minor oxidized off-note that recalls cardboard. On the dry side.

Drinkable light body although the dark flavors create an impression of more heft. Carbonation on the high side for the style. Finishes dry and nutty with more sour apple esters and subdued earthy hops.

This one grew on me as I made my way through a can. Pleasant chocolate maltiness and dark fruit coupled with some earthy spice flavors to provide added interest. However, things might get dull if one actually tried a full session and the sweetness would probably get overbearing. Seems bulkier than your average mild.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Had this out west. Really enjoyed it. WISH WE COULD HAVE IT IN ONTARIO!!!!

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3.88/5  rDev +6%

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3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this beer when I first tried it over a year ago, back when it came in bottles instead of cans. Will my experience be the same now?

$10.95 plus deposit for six cans.

A: Deep reddish brown, a couple fingers of slow-dissipating tan head, clear but dark.

S: Dark fruits, caramel, nuts.

T: Fairly mild, as expected. Cocoa, maybe coffee, raisins. Bitter, metallic aftertaste.

F: Smooth and drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with 1/4 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Plum, cherry, toffee, caramel, roasted nuttiness.

Taste- The plum, cherry, toffee, caramel are there nicely followed by the supporting roasted nuttiness. Malt forward with light hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carabonation.

Overall- An easy drinking English Dark Mild by Nelson. The roasted characteristic to the nuttiness makes this stand out. I would of liked to see a little more to the appearance (in particular the head) otherwise, this brew is session worthy.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 25/5/12

A murky cola with just enough clarity too see some bubbles but they don't do much for head or lace

S sour cherry, mild milk chocolate and just a little vinegar? smells a little off

T a little nutty on top of what I smell but has a off sour flavor that's pretty hard too miss and quite undesired

M thin and has a pop like fizz thing going for it, aftertaste is of cola and chocolate perhaps the aftertaste is the best part of this one

O I'm hoping for Nelsons sake this was an off bottle because its pretty lousy beer

pretty disappointing stuff that I doubt I'll ever drink again, I haven't had the best luck with this brewery so far

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3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured with minimal head which dissipated into a very fine layer. Dark root beer appearance.

S: Dark fruits, cherries, prunes and plums, together with dark chocolate and molasses.

T: Initial taste of sweet malts with cocoa. Fruits are less noticeable in taste then in scent. Slight acrid coffee flavour which is followed with a mild bitter hops finish.

M: Way to thin for this style. A heavier feel would definitely improve the overall enjoyability.

O: While not overly complex, the smell and taste of this beer are enjoyable but unfortunately are undone by a weak mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chilled mug. Some creamy light-brown head which quickly dissipates. The body has a clear dark red or brown colour.

I smell pear and sugary fruit cocktail malt. The flavour has a nutty quality (brazil nuts?) with slightly toasted grain. There is a sensation of what I would describe as a high (but not sharp) sweetness.

There is low carbonation. Some bitterness at first but balanced out later and little aftertaste. I consider it to have a light-medium body. Probably be a good session beer.

It was recommended to me by a co-worker whose daughter works at the brewery. I've tried several 6-packs of bottles over the last year but, overall, I don't particularly care for it. It seems to leave me with an oily feeling after I finish a bottle. It isn't a bad beer, but there is better out there.

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After Dark from Nelson Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 34 ratings