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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Hard to argue against this one. The perfect Stout, well almost perfect. Flavor, appearance, aroma, they are all ideal. The only thing I would ask for, would be a 7%-9% alcohol content. 5% will do though. Great job!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pitch black beer with a tan/beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and burnt candy sugar. Flavor is the same, very delicious, full malty flavor that is roasted and has a dry nuttiness. This is so good, definitely belongs in my top 10. Bottle from J Barleycorn

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2001
Dark as night, with a very healthy head. Huge chocolatey fragrance and roasted coffee flavors. Rich, smooth, & creamy, with an interesting ízipí in the finish. Full mouthfeel, almost like a milkshake. Nice bitterness. Excellent stuff! Avery is quickly becoming one of my new favorite breweries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Darker than most, this one has the nose of a sweet stout: Milky, fresh, and seems to be more alcoholic in the nose like an Imperial. Dark, wonderful roasted flavor with the corners of my mouth left milky and chalky. No alcohol to be found, instead a nice hoppy end. Very hoppy in fact. Damn, this is nice stout that confuse the lines of Dry/Sweet/Milk Stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nedman (10) - ward, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Soft bronze head, that lasted a good long time.Thick rich mouthfeel, with low carbonation.Burnt chocolate and currant, with a nicely hopped finish. Really good stuff!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2006
Black with a medium lasting off-white head. Malt rich toasted aroma with some wood and smoke. Flavour is initially a battle between hops and roast barley sourness, with some great coffee notes and wood to follow. Good mouthfeel and long lasting aftertaste. Nice to see an American microbrew where "big" isnít just in the alcohol percentage :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2007
This begins my foray back into stouts from IPAs. Drank one; then I had a "session" of the remaining 5. [Note: This is NOT a SESSION brew, I do not care what anyone says or thinks.] Rich chocolate/nut aroma. Spotty sheen of tan head. Even a vigorus pour does not yield a lasting head. Very opaque black, transmitted color is a deep amber with ruby tints. Slick and slightly chalky/resinous palate. Superglue lacing. Stout up front, straight porter in middle and aftertaste. Each phase is plesant. Definitely NOT one-dimentional. Even my emitted noxious gas was plesant tasting. Soft conditioning, made me feel fuller than mouthfeel. Drinkable fast or slow, but if you start slamming youíll soon go to sipping. Almost perfect, except for palate being a little chalky. If you like Guinness, step up to this stout tough guy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Found this one bottled at the Binny’s in St. Charles, Illinois. Unexpectedly good, especially for a warm late summer evening. Thick and milky dark brown pour with a thick light brown head, milk chocolate in the nose, slightly earthy, with oatmeal, soy sauce, barbeque sauce, barley, rye bread ... the list goes on. An amazing accomplishment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrbrucekeys (3) - USA - MAY 6, 2010 does not count
Nice dark beer with a tan head. smells like chocolate covered coffee beans. Creamy roasted malt flavor with a lingering hint of smoke. Nice smoky aftertaste with a side of hops. This beer is a nice warming beer with great dark roasted malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2010
THOUGHTS: I thought this was a winter seasonal when I picked it up around Christmas, but found it wasnít so I didnít have it around the holidays. I forgot about it and didnít find it again until April. It was worth the wait. Great beer. This has Guinness beat by a long shot. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark reeish, brown that looked black in the glass with bright crimson highlights when backlit. It also had a large to huge, tan head that slowly diminished and kept a nice sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak. There was moderate roasted, burnt, chocolate and coffee malts; slight toffee and maybe some tobacco. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was sweet and lightly bitter. There was roasted malt, chocolate, coffee grounds, coffee, tobacco, slight dark fruit and burnt malt. The medium to full body was easier to drink than itís fullness would imply. the body was also oily and then slightly dry with light to moderately fizzy carbonation and a slightly chalky and ever so slightly metallic finish.

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