Brewed by Trouble Brewing
Style: Porter
Kill, Co. Kildare, Ireland


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
A dark, almost black porter, named for the part of the brewing process not quite covered by science. Dark Arts is brewed using a healthy dose of Black malt and Chocolate malt, to add to the flavour as well as to give the beer its dark colour. This unfiltered porter has a clear roasty flavour, but with hints of caramel and chocolate, while maintaining enough bitter hop presence to preserve its balance

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
It smells malty and fruity. Nearly no head, the body is black. The taste is sweet and a little bit strange, hard to define. The body is light to medium strong, a little bit creamy with a lively carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (1328) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 5, 2013
Light body. Medium carbonation. Sweet with strong Bitter aftertaste. Nose of milk chocolate. Okay just.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2888) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 22, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014
Bottle @ Hanlys Bar, Strokestown
Black, clear, ruby edges, thin tan head
Aroma of dark malts, caramel, soft mellow roast, chocolate, lots of dark caramel, dark sugars
Taste - nice smooth dark malts, chocolate, caramel, soft mellow roast, some milk sugars?, really good
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, fairly oily. Quite sweet dark malts palate. Finish very smooth, noce rich sweet dark malt lingering finish
Overall - One of the best Irish porters at its ABV range

Keg @ The Brew Dock, Dublin [200913] 6/3/7/3/14 3.3
Very dark brown, dark caramel edges, thin tan head
Aroma of soft roast, dark toasted malts, some bitter hop
Taste of roasted malts, dark sweet malts, some bitter hops in there, touch of molasses
Palate - Medium carb and body, bit too fizzy, Finish of dark smooth roasted malts
Overall - Must re-rate on cask or bottle...I dont think keg dispense really suits this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3357) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
Dark, looks like a Guinness. Sweet aroma, buttery. Taste is also dominated by a sweet butteryness and a touch of smoke. Maybe some vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2991) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2013
P fat @ The Black Sheep, Dublin. Nstan helt svart med litet smutsvitt skum. Arom av mrk choklad, soja, lakrits och rda br. Kaffe, m choklad, rda br i smaken. Torr, men kolsyrig, munknsla. Skn beska.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3905) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2013
Tap at ONeills, Dublin: Almost black coloured brew with an great taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12233) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Opaque brownish-black pour with a medium foamy tan head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt and chocolate. Light-bodied with a roasty character and flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and a touch of vanilla. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2013
The head is robust, the body dark red almost black. It smells roasty, coffee, a bit creamy, aromatic. The taste is roasty, coffee, a bit sweet-coffee, less chocolate, tasty. Good basis, but it could be still more intensive. 12/12/11/12/-/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Decman (25) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 22, 2013
Dark Arts is undoubtedly Trouble Brewings biere de resistance. Pouring a dark, borderline black colour, with a thin, light brown head, Dark Arts goes down a treat, with a coffee-like aroma and a delicately smooth roasted, chocolately taste. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoreBeer4me (1) - Ennis, IRELAND - MAR 17, 2013 does not count
Strong aroma of coffee. Smooth, The head does not stay long enough. Overall a fine porter.

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