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Free State Stormwatch Dark Ale

Free State Stormwatch Dark Ale
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
This dark brown, hoppy ale takes the IPA style into unfamiliar depths of color. Amarillo hops provide the hoppy flavors and aromas of an India Pale Ale complemented by subtle chocolaty roasted notes from the dark malts. The malt bill is very close to that for Copperhead but with the addition of some dark roasted malt for color and flavor. The Amarillo hops are a potent American variety with a distinctive flavor and aroma.
O.G. 14.8/1059. Hops - 46 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Flight pour on tap at the brewery (Lawrence, KS). Pours a deep dark brooding ruby hue, transparency makes the depth of this blood and midnight hue more alluring with cakey tannish head atop, thicker and firm with nice lacing and full firm retention atop. Aromas show a bit of brown malt, toast and earth quickly meeting a firm bitter and floral hop profile, some Amarillo sweet gumball and citric slants do some work. Touches of toast, biscuit, earth, firmer floral cool bitterness atop. Initial is medium bodied, just a touch of girth quickly overwhelms with a more dominant hop dry and cool bitter slant. Touches of earth, gentle gumball and citrus. Some earth, cool and bitter florals. A bit toasty, gentle stickiness into the middle shows a bit of body. Some caramel and girth, firm toasty and biscuity feels into the back but the hops still run the yard on this one. Florals, middling bitterness still presses through an apparent more girthy malt offering. Some toastiness, firmer biscuit and carmelized elements come to roost, battling back and forth and finding symbiosis with the potent hop counter. Finish is a decent bitterness trumping some toast and carmelized biscuit elements. Overall, a hop forward offering. This brewery certainly delivers the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4414) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
On tap at the Bier Station. Comes dark brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of citrus, floral, and pine. Taste is citrus fruits, caramel malt, floral, and a touch of pine. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
This is a good beer. Had in Lawrence at their tap room. Pours a dark brown and had a good head. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours a deep brown with dark amber notes and a medium creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light citrusy hop notes. Flavor of caramel malt, nuts and a bunch of citrusy, piney and floral hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kcwildcat98 (48) - - JUN 1, 2012
Has a nice golden red color. At first does not taste like a traditional IPA but finishes well on the back side. Will not hop you to death, but allows for a few more to go down over the evening. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (786) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
On tap the Flying Saucer. Pours a clear, dark cola brown with an off white head. Sticky on the lips. Earthy, molasses, roasted coffee malts with hints of herbal hops on the nose. Well balanced and lighter bitterness throughout the finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NastyN8 (1) - USA - JAN 28, 2011 does not count
Stormwatch Ale from Free State Brewing Co. This delicious dark brown IPA (no it is not a black IPA) was unique and flavorful! Smells of sweet malt, a slightly bitter hop smell accompanies the sweetness, more floral than citrusy. This brew pours a medium to dark brownish red color. Head was light caramel colored and was a good inch. First flavors are of hops, chocolate, and sweet malt. The hops are surprisingly strong and I find that to be WONDERFUL! The hop profile is right on with this ale, it is super drinkable, doesn’t leave you with a sugar buzz or bitter beer face! This ale is unique in that it has a nice spice mid sip as well which is maybe somewhat reminiscent of Ska Euphoria!?!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3456) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Draft at Waldo pizza. Nice copper brown color with a small tan head and thick lacing. Sweet citrus hop aroma and some caramel malt. Sweet and green hops in the flavor that finishes malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (825) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Pours a clear dark brown with amber reddish hues. Aroma of grass and pine with a touch of molasses.  Flavor is floral and pine with a nice hint of molasses and hazelnuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Sampled at the 7th Annual Parkville Microbrew Festival on April 24th, 2010. Pours a light brown color with an off white head. Interesting peat aromas. The flavor has a surprising fruitiness for a beer of this mild malt intensity. Interesting and should be revisited.

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