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Upland Dantalion Dark Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Thursday hallmarked our first bottling of another type of long aged oak beer with a variety of microorganisms in play . The beer is still hard for any of us to really define, itís really one of a kind. At 8.5% ABV, it would probably be most akin to a strong Flanderís Brown. A spice blend was involved as well as some dark Belgian Candi Sugar during the kettle boil. That part we controlled. The rest was up to Brettanomyces, Lactic Acid Bacteria, and whatever else decided to visit the fermentation as we left each barrel open to air for an intentional short period of time. As to the name, heís a demon, we named the beer after a demon. Space Dragon was too grade school.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8569) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
Small greige-reddish head over deep garnet beer, well-carbonated. Mint, lavender, chlorophyl chewing gum. Sourish, faint vegetables, mango. Finish is mint again. Very carbonated, body gets hidden by the CO≤ & sour character. If they didnít print the blurb, one would be afraid to ask what they did, here. The mint is weird, but in the end, the beer presents some charm.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7055) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2015
2/21/15. Bottle during RBWG 2015, and older vintage Iím told. Murky caramel pour with a small khaki head, mild lacing. Funky aroma, tart acetic acid, balsamic, caramel, toasted caramel. Doughy flavor, caramel, but also light funk, oak, acetic acid. Interesting, not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2310) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Pours a murky brown with an off white head. Aromas of vinegar, acetic acid, some cocoa powder. Taste is sour with an underlying roasty flavor. Really surprised me. Thought this would suck but didnít.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5383) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2015
This poured a semi cloudy lighter brown with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits, light acetic acid, and eminent juice. Flavor similar, but sourness is toned down significantly from their other sours and leaves room to appreciate the other complexities of the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5811) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Somewhere between a 2 and 4oz bottle pour at SAVOR 2015ís Saturday night session. Poured a cloudy reddish-brown color with a small tan head. Aroma was notes of hay, citrus, coffee. Flavor was roasted, dark fruit, with a light funky character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2986) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Shared 750 ml bottle poured to snifters at Timís 40th. Displayed a murky, brownish mahogany color, with a modest layer of tan head foam, and sheet-like lacing that didnít necessarily stick, but left some light spots on the glass. The nose presented sweetness, but was mainly sour, with subtle spice, light bretty funk, and some woodiness & tannins. Medium+ bodied, aided by lively carbonation, the taste also contributed tart fruitiness as berries, dark cherry & plum, well integrated alcohol, and finished with a pleasant dryness. Very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1726) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Sampler that poured a brownish to red tints white head. Had nice funky aroma Brett sweet like candy and dark fruit. Wasnít overly sour but had a nice punch of dark fruits funk Brett and a slight woodiness to it. Overall very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Finally, Iím rating an Upland beer at the Upland sour fest. Deep brown color, fluffy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit. Taste is sour plums. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle from cpetrone -thanks, Chris! Dark brown with some reddish hues. Medium low carbonation. Nose was initially wet oak, dark red fruit, light red wine elements, with lots of coconut as it warmed, and other sweet barrels notes. Tart red fruit, charred coffee, tannic. Not a huge dark sour fan generally but this one worked great for me. Complex and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2185) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle from Beechner, yeah thatís right. Pours brown with light ruby hues. Small off white head that leaves some lacing. Funk nose. Solid sourness, berry sweetness, mild vinegar. Medium body, pretty decent.


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