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RATINGS: 1078   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
This big, roasty stout takes flavor to the extreme. We arenít afraid to use plenty of rich roasted barley and a mountain of hops to give this full-bodied stout that little extra something youíve been looking for in a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2004
a damn fine stout, pours out very dark. taste is bitter and coffee like at first (when it was too cold) but it turned into a more mellow very smooth and rich stout as it warmed up. a damn fine beer, and these guys just make nothing but good beers anyway. i want to see a top 50 avery damnit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3268) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Nice black body with mahogany around the edges. The head is dense and sticky and the a nice milky tan color. Good staying power and lacing. BEAUTIFUL aroma. Very strong coffee malt rises up above everything. Just gorgeous smell. The flavor falls flat after that aroma. Itís nice a roasty, but a lot thinner than I was expecting. I was expecting a rich, full-flavored stout, but what I get is pretty typical of a better-than-Guinness dry stout flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldleadr (56) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2004
The aroma is good overall, but has a hint of burntness, or something otherwise unappetizing. SIt tastes slightly burnt, too, in its bitter sharpness. The aftertaste fades steadily, but resurges a few times. Good, hearty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Dark almost opaque but hints or ruby washewd light make it through. The head is minimal and spotty. Roasted malt choco-coffee, light citrus hop. Flavor is roasted malt throughout with a bit of hoppy bitterness up fron that gives way to a roasted malt bitterness towards the end. The palate kind of falls flat and overall the beer is good but just kind of there. I liked the porter better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Thick black appearance, good head formation. Strong roasted malt aroma. Charred malty, coffee roast palate, dry and nutty in the finish with a fair citric hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5592) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Pours just about pure black save for the dark brown edges. Small brown foamy head. Lovely aroma! Nice roasted malt nose with hints of coffee and milk chocolate. Some nuttiness as well. Just great! Taste is bittersweet with more roasted malt, some smoked wood, and cocoa. The palate is silky smooth and slides down easy. Bit oily as well. The remains are more bitter than expected and dominated by coffee. Finish was kind of a let down compared to the rest. Good beer, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Good dark color. Very roasty and quite well balanced. A little bit empty on the first taste but develops into a coffe like finish. Quite dry. I like the bitter tones. I find it a little watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2004
Bottle. Nice stout, roasted malt/coffee bean aroma and flavour, some dark chocolate. tasty, however the mouthfeel felt a bit empty, something was missing. Nice dry finish, and quite subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4332) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 2004 bottle. Dark black/brown color, not highly filtered, translucent it seems. Good charcoal/brown head. Aroma of bitter hops, lots of oily roasted barley and plenty of coffee notes. Flavor is dry, nutty (walnuts, hazlenuts) with a lot of roasted barley. So much so that it takes on a very oily texture. The hops are juicy and bold and add an almost sweetness to this beer. Coffee and hops on the finish, extra dry, medium body, not as watery as many dry stouts. Still, I just dont like the flavor overall, too dry.7/4/6/3/13
Rerate, late 2004 bottleToo much bitterness, moreso than I remember, and moreso than it needs. Dry hazelnut roast coffee, forced carbonation and not enough sweet malt character. Even though itís a dry stout, a little sweetness is needed to offset the highly bitter, slightly metallic notes in this. Decent body, which it would showcase better if it werent for all of the prickly carbonation. 6/3/5/2/11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Dark black with a large tan head. This has a huge roasted covvee aroma. Very robust character. The first sip immeadiately hits you with coffee. Althouth it is secondary to the roasted coffee character, there is still a strong bitterness to this beer. As it warms there is a hint of sweetness but the beer still finishes dry.

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