Tag Archives: dark ale

WEYERBACHER 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Intriguing Belgian-styled dark ale (with robust 11% ABV) proves worthy as brewers’ 20th anniversary offering circa 2015. Ripe dried fruiting inundates coriander-spiced star anise sugaring and chewy caramel malting. Elevated raisin, plum, fig and prune conflux regales front end while less prominent blackberry, blueberry and red grape undertones as well as buttery coconut smidge add depth to richly complex dessert treat. 

KANE SOLITUDE

On tap at Copper Mine, strong Belgian dark ale counters musty cellar dewiness with candi-sugared sweetness as well as dried-fruited black grape, black cherry and red plum tartness. Subtle wheat-flaked molasses malts and roasted tobacco crisping underscore mid-range brown chocolate-spiced nicety.

FLYING DOG ST. EADMAN BELGIAN-STYLE DARK ALE

Veritable fruit-caked 2012 winter release named after famed British illustrator Ralph Steadman (whose artwork graces Flying Dog’s bottled beers) brings Belgian-styled candi-sugared dried fruiting to alcohol-burnt brandy, Cognac and Chardonnay warmth. Plum-wined frontage begets prune, fig, raisin, date and purple grape illusions above sinewy caramel malting. Tertairy brown pear, cherry coughdrop, strawberry and pineapple undertones find space.

Flying Dog ST. EADman Belgian Dark Ale bottles coming to Brewhouse

 

 

 

 

WANDERING STAR MILD AT HEART

Outstanding ‘English-styled dark mild ale’ not far removed from a creamier schwarzbier with its dry dark roasted chocolate entry, oily coffee roast and nutty eight-grain breading. But its implicit underlying complexities deepen the resolve past mere stylistic intrigue. Rampant dried fruit contingent, quirky molasses-sapped Belgian chocolate spicing, and enticing crystal-caramel malted toffee subsidy also reach the summit above rigid toasted hop bed.

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YARDS BRAWLER PUGILIST-STYLE ALE

A soft-tongued, dry-toned, bronze-bodied, English dark mild ale. Feisty-named Brawler Pugilist brings brown-sugared, raisin-greened, port-sauced plum-fig-apricot illusions to coffee-iced chocolate nibs duskiness, picking up ashen nuttiness as well as chamomile tea herbage along the way. It’s claim as a pugilist styled ale may be a bit overstated for such a calming moderation. Perhaps, it’s only supposed to be a welterweight boxer they’re trying to emulate.

HIK BRUIN

Fluctuant Belgian dark ale brings aromatic cider souring to dry-hopped herbal citric tranquility. Bruised lemon, green apple, dried fig, red currant, and oaken grape esters inform unassuming 12% alcohol luster of bronzed grist-grained medium body. Marinated tealeaf finish secures refermented-in-the-bottle fizzle.