Dark Nights is a “US Style Porter” and on first sip I immediately understand what Buxton are getting at.
There’s a deep resinous quality to this beer, a sticky wood sap that you can smell as it runs right through the background of Dark Nights.
So, the aroma.
As well as the wood resin there’s honey, berries and Marmite.
The malting is liquorice rood and toffee, bitter chocolate and gravy browning.
Yes, this is a very meaty beer.
The hops are pithy and crisp, lip drying woody lime leaves and lemon juice, peppery rocket and a bunch of herbs.
The finish is a satisfyingly gloopy treacle and sharp grapefruit mixture that leaves you reaching for another mouthful.
Source: Metro Wines