GarrettB (998) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
December 19th, 2012 - Ever since I first visited their brewery up in Ft. Collins on a cold, dreary Fall day, I’ve been smitten by Funkwerks and everything they do. Their brewing mission has a laser-like focus on certain styles, and the bravery it takes to serve these styles to American consumer speaks to a degree of both bravery and skill. Funkwerks deals with light, airy and saison-esque flavors, but they do it it well. And speaking from the future (2014, though I enjoyed this beer at the end of 2012) saisons are now riding a popular wave around the country. I like to think Funkwerks pitched into that trend. But they also brew and serve more unconventional choices, like the Dark Prophet. As its namesake suggests, it is a darker beer with a head that clings dramatically to the glass, creating an upper stratum of archaeological foam and then below large pits and pockets where bubbles popped in their fleeting agonies. Wood and yeast float up from the beer, with globs of pretzel dough in the smell, and pinches of a kind of salty sea air tang and marmite. Moving the beer around a bit adds a new vapor to the cloud, bringing with it pear and light brown sugar. Most notable on the tongue is the palate, where this is likely the foamiest, softest beer I’ve had in ages. Mild chocolate flavoring permeates through this soupy fog of a brew, but it’s neither brisk nor bitter, but hints at darker flavors with a medium to heavy body. And I do see why the label proudly proclaims this brew to be a saison. It has all of that imperceptible but flavorful magic going that saisons feature, with added layers of chocolate strewn around. Ratebeer calls this a BSA, but I don’t see it - this is a far cry from the caricature of a Belgian Strong Ale, and the way it gets there produces a curiously flavorful beer, which keeps a light touch of malt, darker shades of chocolate, and a baffling mouthfeel that clears in the aftertaste almost as quickly as it descended at the beginning of the sip.
Salmoniform (477) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to snifter. Dark copper red hue with tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, figs, ethanol, raisins, vanilla, huge tobacco, prunes. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a slight astringent following and an ethanol finish. Overall this is a great brew.
beerbastard (675) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 bottle. Bottled on 2014.01.17. Pale brown pour. Slight funk in the nose, followed by dark ripe fruits and yeasty aromas. Sweet wood with vanilla caramel flavors with some bourbon in the background. Soft and mellow, well blended. Alcohol burn in the finish. Easy to drink.
Iphonephan (3059) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle served at the Funkwerks beer dinner at Birch and Barley, DC. Pours a cloudy light cola. Vinous nose. Flavors of oak and vanilla, Light bodied with soft carbonation.
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured a hazy amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of berries, citrus and some pineapple. The taste was of pineapple, yeasty esters and some earthiness.
crajun (938) - , Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber purchased in CO drank in TX. really enjoyed this one!! aroma of wood, vanilla, leather, dark fruit. nice off brown ruby red pour. thicker palate. taste was complex - dark fruits malts wood, sweet caramel/dark fruits with some alcohol. great stuff.
chinchill (1713) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy dark red amber with an excellent head.
Strange aroma is tart, fruity (including apricot) and mildly acerbic.
Flavor largely follows and is also mildly tart, but with a balance of bitter and sweet as well. A lot going on but not completely integrated or balanced.
Medium body and carbonation.
jayzz (304) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Appearance is dark red no head no lacing. Taste is vanilla, oak, some caramel. Its the palate where this beer is a little lacking. The beer isn’t thick enough but then it’s not a stout. Overall it’s a good drink.
dfinney23 (1586) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and sweet with spices, wood, vanilla, yeast, funk and more all mixed up into a deliciously balanced whole.
ModeEngage (149) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Concealer. Pours hazy amber with off-white head that lasts. Smells of cherry, funk, tart citrus, and bread. Drinks with an alcohol bite and mild lingering bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of nutmeg, clove, bread, cherry, and chocolate. Lingering creamy finish.