Ground Breaker Imperial Darkness

Imperial Darkness Beer Review

Imperial Darkness…With An Imperial Buzz

The Imperial Darkness is the darkest ale ever brewed by Ground Breaker. This seasonal dark ale is brewed with dark roasted chestnuts and lentils, cocoa nibs, coffee, and vanilla.

ground breaker imperial darkness gluten free beer reviewThis beer pours very–very dark. It’s blackish brown hue is completely opaque. (At least in the crappy light of my kitchen, it is.) It foams softly as it sits next to my computer, leaving itty bitty bubbles thinly covering the surface, but overall–the carbonation appears to be quite light based on the pour.

It smells like rich chocolaty-coffee…perhaps one of my favorite smells ever. The sweet and bitter scent has me salivating for more.

ground breaker imperial darkness gluten free beer review

The Taste Test

I should have recorded my first taste on video. It would be easier to describe that way. But it went something like this…

“OOOHhhhhhhh  MMyyyyyyy  [profanity removed]  Gaaaawwwwddddd!”

I feel like I’m drinking a bar of espresso-laced dark chocolate. It’s incredible. The body is H.E.A.V.Y. The taste is full and rich. The bitter is so well balanced with the sweet. Are you a coffee drinker? Well, if you are…this beer tastes like a well-made Snickers mocha. In the best possible way.

ground breaker imperial darkness gluten free beer review

This beer has a 9% ABV—so it is no casual day-drinker. In fact, it feels like straight-up dessert. It’s just now occurring to me that perhaps I should have invited a friend to enjoy this enormous 9% beer with me. (Haha!…Oh well, more for me!)

The coffee is sourced from Equal Exchange, a provider of high quality, Organic, fair-trade coffee and chocolates. There are both Willamette and Nugget hops in this brew, giving it an IBU of 62.

This stout-like dark ale is the fullest gluten free beer I’ve ever tasted to this day. I didn’t know it was possible to brew a GF beer that was this heavy. Now…if heavy-hoppy-bitter beers aren’t your thing…you’ll want to take a pass on this one. But you’d be missing out big time. Needless to say…you’re going to want to get your hands on this ale. Its an offering that makes me forget I’m gluten free. Seriously.

Now…I better go eat dinner before this Imperial Darkness gives me an Imperial Buzz…




P.S. This is a limited release to 22 ounce bottles and drought only. You can find it on tap in Portland Oregon, or order it!

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Gluten free and dairy free since 2011. Lover of thunderstorms, golden retrievers, and AMAZING craft beer. Bitter and hoppy is my jam.★