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Willimantic Valentine India Dark Ale

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Willimantic Valentine India Dark Ale
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Hoppy, unfiltered India Dark Ale with chocolate, crystal and special b malts and hopped with Magnum and Perle.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (7988) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Cask, GBBF 10. Dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are coffee and soy with citrus and dRk berries. Earthy and yeasty with barnyard notes. Flavours are dark syrup with roast malts and citrus. Reasonable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Old cleaned up notes: Pours brown with a thin off white head. Smells nutty and chocolatey. Tastes of sweet malt and resiny with a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
Lightly grainy, chocolate aroma with fair hoppiness apparent also. Clear, very dark brown with decent off-white head that recedes to cover with light lace. Sweet, nutty and malty flavours with fairly strong bitterness contributed from both the hops and the dark malts. Smooth texture with medium body and moderate carbonation. Sampled at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Coke like brown color, off-white ring lasts for a while. Not very hoppy nose for what it tries to be. Smokey chocolate malt appears very timid. On the tongue though, this is another game, too bad those dark malts have hidden the hops, because it is indeed pretty hoppy though short-flavored unfortunately. The palate feels quite powdery in a creamy way, the balance is okay with the smokey malt coming perhaps just a bit tart, but there’s nothing here to move me away. Feels to me like this keg was less fresh than others actually..

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Subdued bitterness rising from the roasty malts and a balanced coffee touch...Grapey fruitiness and shy hops converse till dusk...The hops of a smooth IPA and the malts of a rich mild...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 24, 2004
India Dark Ale? What the f--- is that? At first, this seems a thinnish, hoppy porter... then, some nutty, bready qualities come through; a brown ale? It's dark brown, translucent, nutty, some herbal qualities as it warms (oregano); more assertive than the typical brown. English Strong I'd say. Just ok, I'd say.


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