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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Beers)

Some regional places to go to the dark side

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There is a common misconception that if the beer is dark in color, then it must be thick, heavy, and probably high in alcohol. While there are certainly dark beers that fit those criteria, the truth is you can't judge a beer by its color. Dark beers can run the gamut in terms of body, alcohol strength and flavor.

Depending on the style, a dark beer could offer coffee and chocolate flavors, or something akin to raisins, figs or dark fruits. Here are some local dark beer offerings, each with their own unique flavor profiles, which are sure to draw you to the "dark side."

Coffee lovers will enjoy PERRY STREET'S DOMA CHRONIC PORTER (5% ABV, 29 IBU), a dark beer infused with coffee from the Post Falls coffee roaster — think cold-brewed coffee meets beer.

For something on the sweeter side, check out RIVER CITY BREWING'S VB STOUT (5.5% ABV, 55 IBU). Notes of rich chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon all meld together to make this beer dessert in a glass.

If you're looking to experience the more malty side of dark beers, have a pint of SELKIRK ABBEY'S GRACE SCOTCH ALE (6.5% ABV, 29 IBU). Caramel and dark fruit flavors are at the forefront of this silky, full-bodied beer. It finishes with a mild, earthy bitterness that makes you want to take another sip.

And finally, for those curious about beer's dark nature but prefer a lighter beverage on the palate, there's WALLACE BREWING'S 1910 BLACK LAGER (4.9% ABV, 22 IBU). Light and incredibly smooth, this dark brew has subtle notes of dark chocolate and coffee while still being crushable.

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