DarkNESS
Reviewed by Jez on 14.08.13 in bottle
Overall:
81 / 100
(Excellent)
500ml bottle purchased from the brewery for my by my dad. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a pleasant, oily black, with a fitful, but reasonable head of mocha-beige. Lacing is great, forming persistently wherever it moves. Body is solid, even for its 4.1% ABV. Fine carbonation. Looks good.

Dark, cocoa-rich chocolate, with a pleasant floral rose overtone on the nose. Hint of smokiness to it to give it a dab of added complexity. Very chocolate-heavy though, giving it a rich sweet fullness. It's extremely pleasant.

Taste is also very good. Rich, pleasant sweetness, more of that wonderful chocolate character laced with a brittle smoky or char roasted flavour around the edges. The body is still smooth, but light from its low volume. This means despite the depth of flavour, it's extremely drinkable.

Feel is smooth and undoubtedly light, but with a fullness to supply everything the body needs.

This was a really good beer: I didn't expect it to be quite as good as this. The richness that comes despite the sessionability is almost alchemical. It's smooth and sweet in flavour but light and drinkable despite this. Really wonderful stuff.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.25