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Bath Ales Dark Side

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  • Brewery: Bath Ales
  • Country: England
  • Style: Stout
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: K-Citymarket, price unknown but probably close to 4€
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To start off the weekend, I’m having a bottle of Bath Ales Dark Side, which I got as a gift from my girlfriend (thanks!). Bath Ales are famous for the hare on the label, and I believe it was one of the reasons it caught the attention of my girlfriend. This English Stout has been brewed with a blend of roasted malts and hopped with Fuggles. I’ve had a beer by Bath Ales earlier, an it was tasty, though nothing special, so lets see how this tastes.

Bath Ales Dark Side
Appearancewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The beer pours with a dark brown, almost black, color, and an almost non-existing off-white head. As the head collapses almost no lacing clings to the glass.
Smellwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The aroma is dark and roasted, with tones of molasses and coffee, and just the slightest hint of ash and licorice.
Tastewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
The flavor is also roasty, beginning with flavors of caramel and molasses, and then moving on towards tones of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor finishes dry, with a slight bitterness and some almost burnt tones.
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The beer has a quite light and smooth body and a moderate carbonation level, making it quite easy to drink. The slighty burnt tones withdraw some points from the mouthfeel.
Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Overall another good beer from Bath Ales. Quite nice for such a low ABV beer, but I felt it lacked a little bit of body and complexity. Probably wouldn't buy again though, but this is only because I'm not such a fan of light stouts.

Thanks Pia for buying me this!

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