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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Purchased from Bottleworks, Seattle in June of 2008. Nose of roasty mocha and a little oxidation. Pours jet black with a brown head which eventually fades. Dark roasted malt, sweet caramel, earthy hops, dark chocolate - ends sweet and not necessarily burnt - smooth. Would have preferred a little less sweetness. Full, round and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Nice beer overall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
From notes: Pours pitch black and almost completely opaque with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves splotches of lacing behind. Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and licorice. Slightly spicy with a surprisingly prominent earthy pine hop presence in the nose. Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward for the style. Lots of bitter earthy pine flavor up front that lingers throughout over the roasted malt body into a lingering bitter, dry finish. Thereís a slight lactic cream presence that balances things out a bit but the flavor is dominated by the hops and roasted malt flavor. Hints of coffee/espresso bean, dark chocolate and burnt toast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ Halloween Tasting by cgarvieuk.

Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, wood, moderate burnt. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, licorice notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101030]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7364) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle at Craigís, Edinburgh tasting, big thanks to Craig for this beer I think he got this one. Shared in company of Craig, Stella, Jan, Charlotte, Fritz and Loz 30.10.10 Pours black with a beige head. The blackness in appearance peels away to brown at the edges. Quite bitter, really roasty, raisins and coffee show, not the best but fine enough. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov12 3.0

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
bottle at halloweeen tasting ...deep black ... thin tan head .... sweet woody roast malt nose ... sweet toffee roast malts ...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an minimal frothy brown head that mostly diminished and produced fair lacing. Moderate toasted malt and dark fruit aroma. medium to full body with a dry smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Complex toasted malt and dark fruit flavor with a medium to heavy sweet smooth finish of moderate to long duration. Very well balanced dark fruit stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6854) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Big thanks to bvc for bonusing me this tasty brew. 12oz-er pours deep dark with ruby edges and thin mocha head. The aroma is dark roasty malts, some burnt notes, some prunes and molasses sweetness. The taste has thick notes of molasses mixing with dark roasted and burnt malts. It gets a bit raisin and prune like by midway, adding a pleasing depth, to go along with lingering notes of burnt malts, prunes and raisins taking it into the after taste. Really nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a soapy tan head. Nose is roast, earth, chocolate, slight bitterness, and a hint of licorice. Flavor is same with bitterness and some chocolate into finish. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a rich and viscous dark black with a head that almost mimics what proper crema on a pull of espresso should look like. Nose is roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, slightly charred coffee, hints of licorice, a touch of vanilla, and maybe some matcha. Deffinetly has the sweetness of a foreign stout with some more subtle complexities. Sweet cocoa and coffee up front, bitter yet sweet patent malt, vanilla, a touch of licorice, with more herbal matcha notes and finishing with a lightly smoked bitterness. Solid stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2010
In short: An original roasted and very herbaceous stout. Very interesting.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when about 6 months of age. Sent to me by after4ever, thanks a lot Tom.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: The original wicked nose is very herbaceous with also leafy hops and medium roastiness. Taste is also very herbaceous. Iíve had my share of stouts over the years but itís the first time come across one that has that strong herbaceous character (like toasted green tea or something) as the main attraction. Also burnt toasts, toasted wood, earthy notes, some roasted coffee beans, a bit of black chocolate, dried tobacco leafs, black liquorice. Finish is rather dry and leaves a long herbal after-taste. Lively body/carbonation. This is both a highly drinkable session stout and an original one. Great beer, and from an Empirical standpoint, Iím a just a drunk with a disgusting mouth sucking it.


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