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Brewed by Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
Style: Stout
Ottawa, Canada

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
You think youve tasted a robust stout? Think again! The Darkness is an incredibly dark and creamy beer that will overwhelm the palate with loads of dark chocolate and coffee flavours.

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3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nilz (510) - Glasgow, - FEB 12, 2013
A dark as night stout with a slim off-white head poured from a growler bought direct from the brewery in Ottawa. This was a fine complement since whilst the snow was deep on the ground with its malty chocolate aroma and a fine hoppy molasses of a taste it was smooth and full of flavour as any winter ale ought to be with a modest alcohol level.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2017
My Bottom Line:
This chewy Stout delivers plenty of malty comfort, filled with rich melanoidins, dark chocolate, tobacco and molasses.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A steady sheet of foam decorates the blackness.
-Carbonation is a tad prickly, but there are plenty of round malts to soften the mouthfeel.
-Drinkability is high.
-Some berry fruitiness appears in the nose.
-The finish has a nicely subtle acidity that stems from the meeting of fruity esters and roasted malts.
-Aftertaste is a bit charred and bitter.

Can.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3904) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2017
Pours a very dark brown and almost boack with a medium brown head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Nose is of roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate. Taste is not too sweet and offers more oatmeal flavors and roasted malt. Some chocolate and coffee. Almost ashy but its not. Body is on the lighter side, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Overall a pretty tasty oatmeal stout but it has no real distinctive qualities.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (5959) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2017
Can (473 ml) at home. Black with a medium beige head, decent retention, leaving some lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, ashes, roasted malts, coffee and some herbalness. Taste is also of dark chocolate with bitter chocolate, coffee, ashes, some herbalness, light acidity and moderate bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit oily mouthfeel. Roasty finish with dark chocolate aftertaste. Nothing special here. A decent stout with dark chocolate aplenty that is a bit rough around the edges. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (942) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2017
On tap. Dark brown, almost black body, medium dense foam with good retention. Potent aroma of roasted malts, burned toast, herbs, molasses and hints of coffee. Taste is very robust as well, with lots of burned malts, bitter herbs, chocolate and soy sauce. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleRider78 (1000) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
Pours an average size head and has a pitch black appearance. Pretty good lacing. Some fairly strong coffee, cocoa and nutty aromas. Very welcoming. Flavours are very much of dark chocolates and coffee, dark roast orentied. Lots of mocha, roasted malts and oats also noticeable. Mouthfeel has a mild warming sensation, also pretty smooth. Pretty good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2016
Pours a large brown, frothy lasting head atop an opaque black body. Nose of molasses and burnt brown sugar, red wine and ash. Flavour is mildly tart, sweet milk chocolate and soya sauce. Very tasty though it seems thin through the palate. A nice stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5514) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
Growler offert par Stoned99 et bu dans mon camp de chasse. Merci Alex! Le stout qui sort de ce cruchon dveloppe une mousse qui saccroche de faon considrable. Le trs beau nez davoine rtie, de mlasse, de chocolat, de houblons en conifres et de rglisse me plat instantanment. Les saveurs de torrfaction, de mats rtis, de chocolat et de caf fruit flattent mes papilles. Le corps est bien gonfl, la texture crmeuse et les bulles douces. La finale est amre de houblons et de malts rtis avec une signature relle de lavoine. Trs bon!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7634) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
[Mini-growler c/o Big Red] Pours a very dark amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy light-brown head. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, leafy hops, lactic notes and a bit of coffee. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee & chocolate first followed by leafy hops, nuts and a moderate bitter finish. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Fantastic stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dandeman (953) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2015
Au premier nez, on y peroit des accents de chocolat noir et de caf. Accents de torrfaction assez simples avec petites notes de cacao en poudre. Olfactif pas trs complexe mais prsent. De couleur noire, opaque, avec une mousse brune assez effervescente et dpaisseur moyenne dont la tenue baisse assez rapidement. Des notes de torrfaction en attaque, une texture assez mince. Fais plus penser un porter qua une stout. Lamertume est assez prenante en arrire bouche. On sent les houblons herbacs qui se combinent lamertume de torrfaction pour donner une trs longue finale. Le houblonnage est intressant et se marie bien aux notes de torrfaction. Reste que ce nest pas une bire complexe. Pas extraordinaire mais a se boit quand mme bien.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (9109) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
[7080-20150228] Growler. Roasted grainy malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Roasted woody malt and coffee grinds flavour. Full body. Good. (7/3/7/4/16) 3.7


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