Hidden Springs Ale Works does a lot of good things in downtown Tampa. Specifically, they do a lot of great Berliners. Most of these sours are full of adjuncts, which make for some really nice flavorful beers. My wife is a big fan of Tiger’s Blood, Sexual Manatee, Not Into Yoga, Riot Juice, The Upside Down, and Electric Pegasus just to name a few. All of these are completely different and highly flavorful. However, I’ve always felt, and this is just one idiot’s opinion, that their stouts are not near as good.
Now, let’s be honest, I’ve only had five stouts from Hidden Springs, which includes this beer. I’ve not really cared for the first four. So let’s dig in and see if this beer will change my mind.
Yes, I’m very picky about my stouts, so for me to like it, the stout has to be special. Darkness in the Light is a barrel aged imperial stout with cookies and cream. Well, I’m interested already! Cookies and cream is one of my favorite flavors so let’s see how this plays out.
Darkness in the Light pours black with a small dark tan head that dissipates to nothing quickly. Aroma is chocolate cookies, like Oreos, and sweet cream. Mmmm….I don’t get much barrel on the nose. I am letting this beer warm a bit to see if any more aromas come out.
There are some sweet chocolate aromas on the nose with a hint of barrel as this warms. To me, that’s a good sign that the barrel is not out front. This is a medium-bodied stout, but it’s probably the thickest I’ve had from Hidden Springs. The cookies and cream is so prevalent on the tongue. Wow, it’s a nice flavor. Dark chocolate with sweet cream on the palate. It’s sweet, but not over-the-top-Angry-Chair-sweet. There’s a hint of vanilla, which I’m sure can be contributed to the barrel. Very nice. The barrel aging is not overly crazy on this, and I love that.
Finally, a stout from Hidden Springs I can get behind. I love this beer! It’s sweet and decadent and drinking it with cookies and cream ice cream really hits the spot. I hope Hidden Springs continues down this path with their special release stouts. Darkness in the Light is a winner! Cheers!
- ABV: 12%
- IBU: 20
- Untappd Rating: 4.57
- # of Ratings: 580