DRINK DARK BEER

This blog is a tribute to Dark Beers, the darker the better. Porters, Stouts, & Dark Ales. Its purpose is to log as many of the Dark beers out there with an SRM of 25 or greater. You can also visit the DRINK IPA tumblr to get your IPA fix. Enjoy.
~ Monday, January 7 ~
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Baird Beer - Kurofune Porter

Almost smells like an imperial stout, intense raisin.   The taste is much more mellow and balanced. Smooth roast and coco, with a hint of sweetness and bitterness. 

Bottom Line: Big Aroma, Mellow Flavor, Balanced, and Well Made, Drink It

Baird Beer - Kurofune Porter

Almost smells like an imperial stout, intense raisin. The taste is much more mellow and balanced. Smooth roast and coco, with a hint of sweetness and bitterness.

Bottom Line: Big Aroma, Mellow Flavor, Balanced, and Well Made, Drink It

Tags: beer craft beer porter dark beer beer review baird beer kurofune porter japan
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~ Tuesday, December 11 ~
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D. Carnegie & Co. - Porter  2010 Vintage

The color is a bit lighter than I expected. It’s a dark, dark, brown and when held up to the light, there is a very deep ruby amber hue. A small bubbly light tan head rests atop the beer, holding for a few minutes and eventually fading to a very thin layer.

The aroma starts off a touch nutty, like yeast esters, followed by a faint roast and mild chocolate.

The taste was a bit of a let down at first. I was expecting something more bold and heavier in the mouth. However, over the length of this beer, the more I drink, the better it tastes. The body is on the lower side of medium. Taste-wise it’s pretty basic, not dull, but not all that complex either. A bit of the roast and chocolate in the front and middle, and the finish is a lingering bitterness with a faint flinty whisp on the back of the palate. 

Overall, I do like this, but I think the two years in the bottle may have been about one year too long. I need to try this again when I find a bottle.

Bottom Line: Worth a try. A pretty classic porter, but it’s not WOWing me.

D. Carnegie & Co. - Porter 2010 Vintage

The color is a bit lighter than I expected. It’s a dark, dark, brown and when held up to the light, there is a very deep ruby amber hue. A small bubbly light tan head rests atop the beer, holding for a few minutes and eventually fading to a very thin layer.

The aroma starts off a touch nutty, like yeast esters, followed by a faint roast and mild chocolate.

The taste was a bit of a let down at first. I was expecting something more bold and heavier in the mouth. However, over the length of this beer, the more I drink, the better it tastes. The body is on the lower side of medium. Taste-wise it’s pretty basic, not dull, but not all that complex either. A bit of the roast and chocolate in the front and middle, and the finish is a lingering bitterness with a faint flinty whisp on the back of the palate.

Overall, I do like this, but I think the two years in the bottle may have been about one year too long. I need to try this again when I find a bottle.

Bottom Line: Worth a try. A pretty classic porter, but it’s not WOWing me.

Tags: Beer Craft Beer Porter Dark Beer Beer Review Carnegie Porter
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~ Wednesday, October 31 ~
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Troegs - Java Head, A stout brewed with coffee beans

Finally! Dark beers are back in season! More dark beer reveiws to come.

Java Head poured like a black cup of coffee with a nice tan head.

Off the whiff? you guessed it lots of coffee, really nice fresh brewed coffee aroma and a touch of sweetness.

The Taste is obvious coffee up front, much lighter in the mouth than expected, medium. A light hint of dark chocolate and roasted malts but mainly the solid coffee flavor dominating the taste. Not as much bitterness as I was expecting from the hops, malts, and coffee.

Overall, really solid coffee stout. One note flavor to a certain extent but why else would you drink a coffee infused beer?

Bottom Line: Fresh Brewed Coffee, Balanced, Medium, Easy Drinker, DRINK IT!

Troegs - Java Head, A stout brewed with coffee beans

Finally! Dark beers are back in season! More dark beer reveiws to come.

Java Head poured like a black cup of coffee with a nice tan head.

Off the whiff? you guessed it lots of coffee, really nice fresh brewed coffee aroma and a touch of sweetness.

The Taste is obvious coffee up front, much lighter in the mouth than expected, medium. A light hint of dark chocolate and roasted malts but mainly the solid coffee flavor dominating the taste. Not as much bitterness as I was expecting from the hops, malts, and coffee.

Overall, really solid coffee stout. One note flavor to a certain extent but why else would you drink a coffee infused beer?

Bottom Line: Fresh Brewed Coffee, Balanced, Medium, Easy Drinker, DRINK IT!

Tags: Troges Beer Craft Beer Craft Brewing Beer Review Java Head Coffee Stout Stout Dark Beer
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~ Friday, July 20 ~
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The Kernel - Export Stout  (2012 from the new brewery)

Quick Notes: First impression of this beer? Absolutely Fantastic! The Kernel again is turning out perfection in a bottle from their new brewery. This hits all the notes, a little booze, some bitterness, and the roasted chocolate malts are balanced to perfection. 
I wouldn’t mind this being 8 or 9 percent, but at 7.2%, it goes down smooth. If you’re lucky enough to find this in the States (from a friend that smuggled it across the pond) then you must drink it. You will not be disappointed.

Bottom Line: DRINK IT! one of the best brewery’s making beer in the world today.

The Kernel - Export Stout (2012 from the new brewery)

Quick Notes: First impression of this beer? Absolutely Fantastic! The Kernel again is turning out perfection in a bottle from their new brewery. This hits all the notes, a little booze, some bitterness, and the roasted chocolate malts are balanced to perfection.
I wouldn’t mind this being 8 or 9 percent, but at 7.2%, it goes down smooth. If you’re lucky enough to find this in the States (from a friend that smuggled it across the pond) then you must drink it. You will not be disappointed.

Bottom Line: DRINK IT! one of the best brewery’s making beer in the world today.

Tags: beer craft beer The Kernel Export Stout Dark Beer Beer Review
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~ Thursday, June 14 ~
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Brooklyn Brewery - Black Chocolate Stout

No actual chocolate in this beer, just roasted & chocolate malts. Why am I drinking this “winter seasonal” in June? I don’t have a good answer for that other than it was in the fridge and I’m trying to free up some space for the next beer haul. 

Quick notes: raisins, ash, burnt wood, char, molasses, alcohol, slow sipper, rich body

Overall, its not my most favorite imperial stout and I don’t think I’ll revisit this one all that often. 

Bottom line: Age would do this beer well to help round off some of the bold in your face flavors.

Brooklyn Brewery - Black Chocolate Stout

No actual chocolate in this beer, just roasted & chocolate malts. Why am I drinking this “winter seasonal” in June? I don’t have a good answer for that other than it was in the fridge and I’m trying to free up some space for the next beer haul.

Quick notes: raisins, ash, burnt wood, char, molasses, alcohol, slow sipper, rich body

Overall, its not my most favorite imperial stout and I don’t think I’ll revisit this one all that often.

Bottom line: Age would do this beer well to help round off some of the bold in your face flavors.

Tags: beer beer review brooklyn brewery Black Chocolate Stout Stout Dark Beer
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~ Friday, April 20 ~
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Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter

Quick notes: Fairly dark, lovely pillow like head, hints of roasted malts a touch of sweetness, taste follows the same road as aromas. Not overpowering and smooth.

Overall: A fine example of the style, a tad on the sweet side but always a fine beer from one of the best breweries in CA. Find and drink anything from FSW and you won’t be disappointed. 

Bottom Line: Drink It!

Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter

Quick notes: Fairly dark, lovely pillow like head, hints of roasted malts a touch of sweetness, taste follows the same road as aromas. Not overpowering and smooth.

Overall: A fine example of the style, a tad on the sweet side but always a fine beer from one of the best breweries in CA. Find and drink anything from FSW and you won’t be disappointed.

Bottom Line: Drink It!

Tags: beer beer review craft beer craft brewing Firestone Walker Brewing co Firestone Walker Porter Dark Beer Hops
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~ Tuesday, March 20 ~
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Stillwater Existent Framhouse Ale

I’ve had this in the bottle and on draft and I have to say the draft was all around better. This is a solid beer with light and subtle flavors, ranging from fruity yeasts, to roasted malts. The bottle version was a bit off at first but it was much too cold, once it warmed up the taste became closer to what the draft version tasted like. Overall I’d drink it again but not from the bottle.

Bottom Line: DRINK IT!

Stillwater Existent Framhouse Ale

I’ve had this in the bottle and on draft and I have to say the draft was all around better. This is a solid beer with light and subtle flavors, ranging from fruity yeasts, to roasted malts. The bottle version was a bit off at first but it was much too cold, once it warmed up the taste became closer to what the draft version tasted like. Overall I’d drink it again but not from the bottle.

Bottom Line: DRINK IT!

Tags: Beer Beer Review dark beer Stillwater Stillwater Artisanal Ale Existent craft beer
~ Friday, March 16 ~
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Drake’s Vrewing Drakonic IMP Stout

I drank this a few days ago and it was quite good. Very dark, roasted, sticky, and a serious boozyness mixed in. My recommendation is to end the night with this beer it will alter your palate (in a good way) so drink this last. Or drink it first if you’re going to say in the dark imperials game all night. Overall based on this bottle I’d be happy to drink this again and see what else they offer up.

Bottom Line: Drink It

Drake’s Vrewing Drakonic IMP Stout

I drank this a few days ago and it was quite good. Very dark, roasted, sticky, and a serious boozyness mixed in. My recommendation is to end the night with this beer it will alter your palate (in a good way) so drink this last. Or drink it first if you’re going to say in the dark imperials game all night. Overall based on this bottle I’d be happy to drink this again and see what else they offer up.

Bottom Line: Drink It

Tags: beer craft beer Imperial Stout Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout Dark Beer craft brewing
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~ Tuesday, March 13 ~
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Kern River Class V Stout

Described as “not for the timid”, lovely stout here. Well roasted with a layering flavor of dark chocolate and alcohol and enough bitterness to satisfy any hop head. 
This for sure is something I’d drink again and again. Not much else to say other than that. If you want a true to style stout with rich flavor and high alcohol, 8.5%, then this is for you.

Bottom Line: Drink It!

Kern River Class V Stout

Described as “not for the timid”, lovely stout here. Well roasted with a layering flavor of dark chocolate and alcohol and enough bitterness to satisfy any hop head.
This for sure is something I’d drink again and again. Not much else to say other than that. If you want a true to style stout with rich flavor and high alcohol, 8.5%, then this is for you.

Bottom Line: Drink It!

Tags: stout beer beer review Kern River Class V Stout Stout dark beer
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~ Friday, February 24 ~
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Bell’s Porter

Hands down this is one of the best examples of what I think a porter should be. It’s smooth, balanced, roasted and delicious! …And I’m pretty sure most of you on the third coast already knew this. 
If you have friends in the midwest, beg them to assemble you a Bell’s tasting pack and ship to you… be sure to include this porter on the list.

Bottom Line: DRINK IT!

Bell’s Porter

Hands down this is one of the best examples of what I think a porter should be. It’s smooth, balanced, roasted and delicious! …And I’m pretty sure most of you on the third coast already knew this.
If you have friends in the midwest, beg them to assemble you a Bell’s tasting pack and ship to you… be sure to include this porter on the list.

Bottom Line: DRINK IT!

Tags: Bell's Beer Beer Review Porter Dark Beer Craft Beer Craft Brewing
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