Another offering from my favourite brewery, Vancouver Island Brewing Company!
Absolute Darkness India Dark Ale is as advertised: a very dark, hoppy brew. As the picture shows, its head is white, not chocolate brown like many very-dark beers, but the true test of darkness, of course, is its resistance to light. This product is TOTALLY opaque! Despite its wimpy head, this stuff is so dark it could have stopped the Death Star's planet-killing ray and saved Alderaan!
Its hoppiness is actually quite mild for a beer that goes for extremes in other ways, being barely hoppier than the average microbrew IPA, but still a league ahead of, say, Alexander Keith's IPA in the hops department. VIB understands balance very well, and this beer manifests that by not trying to push the envelope in every conceivable dimension - or really in any one but the visual! The nutty, fruity flavours that come from a well-roasted malt are pronounced in this sip, they balance well with the hops to make a thoroughly enjoyable drink! So it is a genuine dark beer AND a genuine IPA.
If you don't like dark beer or IPAs, I would suggest passing on this for Coors Lite. I happen to love both (and this beer's maker in general) so this review may not be as impartial as it could be. Suffice to say that my go-to brewery has once again not disapponted me!
6.5%abv, in a 650ml bomber, and costs about 6 and a half bucks. Coincidence?
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