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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The Captain is leader of a fire crew. This beer takes charge of your taste buds with its rich flavor. Roasty malt character that has hints of chocolate and coffee which balances the smooth, velvety finish. The thick, creamy head lasts and lasts, leaving lace in your glass as your beer disappears. This beer pairs well with food. Great with dinner or as breakfast or even with a rich vanilla-bean ice cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Pours black with a small off tan head. Smells of roast, chocolate, and dark malts. The taste is much the same, although it got roastier as it got warmer. Good amount of toasted malts an chocolate really showed up. I thought this was well balanced and pretty flavorful. A little bit sweet and bitter but nothing too bad that threw off the flavor characters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Very dark brown/black pour, opaque body. A thin tan head is well-retained. The aroma is of roasted grains, light smoke, grilling meats, chlorinated water, oats, maple syrup and coffee grounds. Odd, with a tainted water/stale hop backnote that really ruins what would otherwise be a fantastic nose. The flavor is much better, though deep below the stale and chemical notes remain. Chocolate notes are rich and multi-faceted, bitter and sweet, with a small caramel contingent. Bitterness is mild, acidity is light to mild. Finishes off-dry, light bitter chocolate, coffee and earthy notes lingering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, modestly carbonated(though what is there is very fizzy) and only moderately smooth. Decent, pretty drinkable, not exciting in any way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 10, 2007
black body with brown highlights.frothy brown head.roasted peanuts,oatmeal,and chocolate make up the aroma.flavor boats much of the same with a hint of caramel and coffee.solid stout indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Brew pours midnight brown w/ a full, creamy, spattered froth. Good head retention w/ a lasting full lace. Aromas of malted chocolate and a defined roasted coffee bean Full nectar w/ soft residual effers creates a velvety texture. A big roasted malt character enveloped in a chocolatey cloak. Nuances of steak, cherry, roasted coffee bean, leather, w/ a slight herbal essence. This brew lives up to it’s description. Theres a nice mild molases sweetness that keeps me coming back for more. The finish is bittered better than well but the thick malts keep it balanced. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 20, 2007
On draft at O’briens. I actually liked this one better then the Barrell aged version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2007
On Nitro at O’Brien’s. Nice aromas of chocolate and nuts. Very black with a nice cascading head. Left nice lacing too. Flavors were bitter coffee with hits of chocolate and more nuttiness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Draft at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. Very nice looking; a dark black with a creamy tan head. Aroma was not very strong; chocolate with some oatmeal sweetness. Flavor was much of the same; but with the addition of some caramel/toffee and very little hops or coffee presence. Don’t normally like the Oatmeal sweetness; but this was good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
had this at the stone Brew pub. Pretty good, nice and smooth and had this along thier incredibly garlickey chicken, pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
Cask. Deep black with a small tanned head. The aroma is somewhat soft and unexpressive - chocolate malts appear as well as a certain toastiness. A bit sticky, chocolate flavours with mineral metallic notes. Finishes similarly with some toasty caramel-type notes. Pretty good.
Enjoyed a pint at O’Brien’s on March 23, 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2007
Sampler at the brewery, this is really a quite nice stout, rich in character and bigger in taste than abv. shoudl give it a better rate, but that will come in time.

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