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Bath Ales Dark Side


  • 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
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.
The aroma is dark and roasted, with tones of molasses and coffee, and just the slightest hint of ash and licorice.
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.
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.
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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