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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Black as coal in color, this bottle conditioned Stout has a velvety rich and sweet malt aroma. After pouring, a dense brown head gives way to a big, full-bodied and creamy texture that has flavors of roasted coffee and black currants, blending perfectly with the malt. A generous amount of hops add balance and complexity to this extraordinary stout that will continue to improve with age. A worthy beer to cellar and enjoy throughout the year.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2010
bottle from cellar. I was once really bad about dating bottles that I cellared and am only guessing, but am certain that this one is at least two years old, and may be as much as three or four. Pours a thin brown head that dissipates quickly over an absolutely opaque brown beer. Nose is dominated by ripe fruits, esp. figs and raisins. Mouth-feel is a little thin, but I don’t mind it for some reason, in this beer. Once on its way down the hatch, the smokey notes of the roast come to the fore and the finish is a fruity sweetness balanced by the bitterness of the roast. I like this more than I probably should, tonight, but like it very much, never the less. My suspicion is that any I buy in the future will head to the cellar to become what this one has become: a very nice autumn brew.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (3121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Black licorice is the first taste. Chocolate. Sugary and sweet. 12oz bottle pour at kincaides. Marshmallow and oily aroma. Decent but thought it was a little highly rated here

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
10/4/14. Bought a 4pk @ RW. Gave 1 to Luke. Dark and thin head. Not a lot of aroma. Pretty meh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (773) - - AUG 5, 2014
Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts that starts sweet and finishes mildly bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - JUL 10, 2014
355 ml bottle, 2010 vintage, at home. Black color with nice beige-brown head. Aroma is roasted malty with a lot of coffee, chocolate, some vanilla and wood, fruity (blackberries?) and some alcohol. Taste is light sweet and it becomes heavy bitter almost from the beginning. Coffee and chocolate again in the taste. Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice alcoholic warming bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (566) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan foam head. Has an aroma of smokey wood, malts, and sweet dark fruits (perhaps the currants). Flavor is smoke, wood, chocolate, and malts, with a dose of bitterness. A unique, very tasty stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (916) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle. Pitch dark pour with half a finger of mocha head. Chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, tire. Very big body. Roasty bitterness yet vanilla sweetness throughout. Pretty nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
It pours thick and dark. The color is a very dark brown/black with a light brown head on top. Its head is nice tightly packed two finger thick foam that has very good retention and slick lacing. The aroma has a full rich nose of sweet and roasted barley with a touch of woody and smokey malt. The hops add an almost citrus like note and there is a noticeable hint of the alcohol. Its flavor is full of dark roasted malty character and complexity. There are flavor notes from sweet molasses and maple sugar to coffee, bitter dark chocolate and woody/smoke/charred malt with bitter herbal and citrus like hops. Mellow nutty/grainy alcohol notes mix in as well and add anther layer of complexity. The palate is firm and smooth with just enough carbonation to give it some life.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
9th May 2014
Leighton 10K tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton for this vintage stout. Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Light palate. Oxidised dark malt, tangy too. Trace of dark fruits. Light dry finish. Cleary a little weary but still interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9946) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle split at the Black (IPA) Friday tasting, 2010 vintage, thanks to LKS 09/05/14. Black with a moderate tan covering that thins to edgework. Nose is fruit cake, light spice, figs, dates, dark chocolate, raisens. Tase comprises much the same. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent impy, has aged gracefully, alcohol well integrated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 Bottle shared in London - picked up in NYC way back when I lived there. As such, this is a 2010 vintage. Nice aroma, some sugary milk chocolate, dark fruits, Hershey’s chocolate bar. Medium sweet flavor, lots of aged, liquefied dark fruits, chocolate, dark cherries, soft wood, mellow bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Well balanced on the finish, lightly warming, good rainy character, milk chocolate, other dark fruits. Really nicely balanced and deep. Has aged quite well!


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