AirForceHops (7820) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2017 bookman10 (1211) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad. Pours a thick, dark black with a rather short-lasting, mid-sized, tan head. Aroma is dominated by licorice and alcohol. Flavor is pretty sweet, with the aforementioned licorice, some chocolate and coffee. Not as boozy tasting as some of these high-alcohol stouts. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout. But this is a very worthy beer, on the whole.
12 oz. bottle. Pitch black motor oil like pour, thin mocha colored head, decent leg of lacing. Licorice, coffee, chocolate, roast in the aroma. Flavor is solid with a solid chocolate base, some licorice touches, mild dark fruit, a mild hint of char. The mouthfeel is not quite as full as I look for but the flavor is really good! Nicely enjoyable. MavDunk (115) - - MAY 14, 2017
On tap at Fulton. Pours oil black with khaki head. Scent is coffee and cocoa. Taste is similar. All dark all the way. Good though. jbruner (5289) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2017
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin wispy tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of dark roast coffee and malt notes, hint of acrid coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of soy. Taste follows, a mild bitterness, and a mild booze. Solid imperial stout. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2017
On tap in Minneapolis (MN)
Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2017
A big imperial stouts makes a statement. I have not tried enough Fulton beers to get a sense of their full potential but so far I can tell they are more than a one trick pony. Their higher gravity beers match the quality of the more sessionable IPAs. If I lived closer I could see making their tasting room a regular stop.
Aroma / Appearance - A mocha head surfs on a wave of deep black oily liquid. Roasted coffee, almonds, chocolate, and dry malts overwhelm the nose. The density might not match the best out there but for a regional brand it checks off all the right boxes.
Flavor / Palate - Dry malts, coffee, and warm full bodied cocoa fill the mouth like slightly watered down black ink. The coffee profile sweeps into the finish where it is joined by raspberries and a strong malty texture. From start to finish this does everything right. If you’re in the area and have already given Darkness a shot don’t overlook this local gem.
12 oz bottle pours black with very thin tan head cocoa and coffee aroma taste is the same with a bit of booze.
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Big inky pour. Aroma is pretty coffee heavy for a beer I don’t think actually contains coffee. Complex roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and earth. Medium to full bodied. Nice. gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Tap; pours nearly black with a khaki head; aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and hints of ash; taste is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, finish is dry with roasted malt and light bitterness Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12 ounce bottle, 8/28/16. Dark brown, thin fizzy tan head, fair retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, tobacco. The taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate. Thin-medium bodied. ACHops (1643) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2016
On tap @ Fulton. Pours inky brownish black with thick mocha head. Aroma is roasty dark chocolate malts, soy sauce, oak, licorice. Taste is similar - rich dark chocolate throughout, dry and oaky on the finish. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Solid imperial stout. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, dark malt aromas. Flavors are dark, malty, sweet and roasted tones.