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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dark Horse Round-Up

I am finally getting around to writing up a trio of Dark Horse beers enjoyed by me and the VP.  All three were purchased in the bottle shop at Capone’s Restaurant, in Norristown, PA.  Don’t let the location scare you, this place is diamond in the rough for beer lovers, in bottles and on draft alike.
The line up was Dark Horse’s Too Cream Stout, Double Crooked Tree IPA, and Tres Blueberry Stout.

Too Cream Stout - a milk stout coming in at 8% ABV.  Starting with a nice, almost smoky nose, it poured without much head for a stout.  Not too much in the way of mouthfeel, but it has more body than a porter.  As for flavor, it was quite roasty, and had little in the way of chocolate or coffee notes so common in many stouts - this was actually a nice aspect of this beer.  Also, it was not overly sweet as many milk stouts are.  Overall, an interesting beer.

Double Crooked Tree IPA - a double IPA with a powerful ABV of at least 12%.  Bright citrus flavor typical of good IPAs, and a nice carbonation but not overly fizzy.  It stands up well against your run of the mill double IPAs, but tastes a little ordinary after having tasted things like Pliny the Elder, or even 90 Minute IPA.  The nose was the only time the high ABV really comes through, which is surprising for an over 12% beer.  Overall, a perfectly drinkable, tasty double IPA, but nothing particularly special.

Tres Blueberry Stout - a stout made with blueberries with an an ABV of 7.5%.  Well, when Dark Horse says blueberry, they mean it!  The nose on this beer is nothing but blueberry, almost jam-like.  It has a good chewy mouthfeel and body, but it was a little over-carbonated for my taste.  You have to be in the mood for something a little weird and off the norm to try this beer.  It has a true, blueberry flavor along with a nice bodied stout.  Not a great aftertaste, but nice up front.  I am glad I tried it once, but I would probably not pick it up again.

A complex, diverse lineup.  I am glad I tried them all, and will keep picking up different Dark Horse beers when I get the chance.

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