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


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAR 21, 2013
Strong roasty aroma with some raisin-like fruity notes in the fairly restrained aroma. Opaque dark brown body is topped by a generous tan coloured head that recedes to cover with some lace. Flavour is quite roasty with a surprising lack of hop character or bitterness. Tastes more like a stout than anything else. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable if a bit unexciting. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Hellsgate in March 2013.

   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 (11099) - 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 (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Large bottle from Boundary Crossing Liquor Store in Vancouver. Very dark with rich tan froth. Chocolate and coffee overtones, with a good hop note in the background. A very decent IDA, though I prefer a good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (810) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
Black pour with a thin, bubbly, tan head. Aroma is leafy hops, cocoa, brown sugar. Highly carbonated, relatively thin-bodied. Flavour is dark chocolate, ash, coffee grounds, with a nice leafy hop finish. I like the hop presence and flavour, but it’s a bit messy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagerboy (1336) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Absolutely darkest dark brown, no hue, frothy deep mocha head settles and fades. Floral hoppy smokey chocolate malt aroma. Dark sweet burnt malts, bitter floral hop taste, some chocolate, coffee and faint citrus. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, medium hopped. Too much floral clashes with the chocolate, odd combo on the palate. Finishes sweet and floral. DNFL (Definately Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
L’arôme est bizzare. Je croit que c’est l’houblon avec un très peu de malt, mais il me fait penser en un tapis... Le goût a un peu de malt au début, mais la finale est clairement d’houblon, Très interressant mais je ne sais pas si je l’aime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2005) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light head,. Aromas of cola, chalk/ash, and roasted malts. Flavors of bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, and again cola. Super dry with quite a bit of carbonation. Might go well with a rich chocolate cake...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Black,small tan head.Nose of dry malt with notes of citrus & brown sugar.Light roasty palate, toffee undertones, very late bitter medium hop end

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