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Vancouver Island Absolute Darkness India Dark Ale

Vancouver Island Absolute Darkness India Dark Ale
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Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Black IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Just like the eerie sensation that local cavers feel when going “lights out” in one of the Island’s 1,000+ recorded caves, our IDA is a deep descent into your taste buds. Dark in colour with a prominent Northwest hop aroma, the body is balanced with semi-sweet malt flavours of roasted coffee and chocolate. So go on and take a sip into absolute darkness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Had to check the menu again as the bartender told me it was stout. It’s halfway tween stout and CDA--not much hop presence but not the weight or mouth feel of a stout. Chocolate aroma, with a little resin & molasses. Slight fruitiness to the flavor, coffee & toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14632) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours black with a small tan head. Nose is dry, with bitter dry cocoa, roast and light piney hops. Flavour is decently balanced, with roasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. Pretty competently crafted - just nothing overly interesting. Okay, but lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12879) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Draft - Roast and light hops. Deep maroon with a decent light brown head. Dark roast with some herbal pine hop notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
The color is almost black. Mild aroma of roasted malts, ashes; metallic. Dry mouthfeel; it has some ashy roasted malt flavor, but it’s far from impressive, and without the required body; strong bitterness, a bit of minty hop resins, but not much hop quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15796) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle from the government store. Dark brown. Thin head. . The aroma is mostly chocolate with some woody hops influence. A bit thin at irst, but there’s some fudgey sugars in the finish, and a woody, balancing hop bitterness as well. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (6844) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. black, lively carbonation, offwhite head. Roasted notes with a grassy west coast hop counterpoint. Medium light chewy body, sparkly mouthfeel. Quite pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
650ml bottle, served in a tulip. Pours an opaque black with a big but sparse beige head. Aroma: Malt, roasted walnuts, soy sauce. Slight hint of caramel and coffee. Palate: Thick bodied, oily, fizzy, astringent, harsh finish. Taste: Slightly sweet start, super burnt nutty flavour. Bleh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek. Pours an opaque black (true to the name) with a bunch of foamy tan head that dissipates normally. Smell is quite hoppy, pineapple, citrus, and then just a hint of roasted malt in the background. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with quite active, but still soft feeling carbonation. Taste is the where this misses, there’s a bit of roasted malt flavour, mostly coffee, but there’s nothing else really, a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste that lasts quite a while. Was quite promising at first, too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13583) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex toasted sweet malt & earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAY 12, 2013
Pours Very Dark Brown with beige head, light lacing. Restrained citrus and pine nose. Restrained citrus and coffee flavour. A black IPA made for people who might find the typical IPA "too strong" I guess, but they’re probably not the ones buying the bombers in the first place.

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