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Ah yes, Black Friday, capitalism’s holiday. The day you’re expected to trample into Walmart to save and extra dollar or two on a new TV that you don’t need. Not sure what your plans were, but I decided to drink some beer instead. Going in on the theme of Black Friday, since my job is to try and sell you some beer with some not-so-clever marketing, I drank some dark (black) beers and now I am going to tell you what I think of those beers. As if you were looking for my opinion. Regardless, drink a beer and pour some out for our fallen homies from today’s escapades.

– Tyler

And Now, the Brews


 

Summit Brewing | Unchained 23: Dark Infusion | Coffee Milk Stout
Summit
As we fine Minnesotans know, Summit has been around for a long time now, 30 years to be a little more precise. Their Unchained series has been a way for their brewers to have a little fun with beer recipes. This beer is fantastic! The color on this beer is a pretty black (Yay, it fits within the theme!). The nose is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, heaps of coffee, some malty grained goodness and a hint of spice from the hops. The taste follows well with the lactose, coffee and chocolate melding quite well. This was a little sweeter than I expected, but a damn good beer none-the-less.
4pk 16oz btl | 8.5% ABV | 40 IBUs

 


 

 

56 Brewing | Dark Territory | Dark Chocolate Coconut Stout
Dark-Territory Oh, look this one has the word “Dark” in the name too… It’s almost like I planned something out? This beer has a little more hints of brown, but a very dark brown. On the nose, you get some roasted malts, coconut, chocolate and a touch of spice from the hops. The flavors are very similar with the roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and coconut, which they roasted themselves. Dark Territory has a nice creamy texture and light carbonation. If you don’t think you like “dark beers” give this one a try as it is a sweet stout.
750ml | 5.6% ABV | 31 IBUs

 


 

 

Omnipollo | Symzonia | Imperial Stout
Omnipollo-Symzonia Omnipollo is weird. Not only is “dark” not in the name of the beer, but it is a couple of dudes from Sweden who travel between Sweden and the U S of A crafting their recipes at different breweries. Symzonia was brewed at Crazy Mountain in Colorado in what I can only assume was in the dead of winter. No reason why I’m just assuming. The nose reminds me of espresso, cocoa, cinnamon and a malty roast. The taste here is complex with bitter coffee, cinnamon, hints of vanilla and there are those roasted malts again. As this one warms up, the flavors become richer and even more complex. Be careful, you thirsty devils, this one is a whopping 13% and it’s well hidden.
22oz | 13% ABV | N/A IBUs

 

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