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This is a full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of black and caramel malts make this stout smooth, creamy, and utterly opaque.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 This is a great stout. It bours beautyfully, creamy long lasting head. aroma is choclaty and coffee. Flavor is awesome and very big. A perfect Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Pours a deep reddish chestnut color, almost black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is very strong with sweet fruits, like cherry and pear. Scents of the finest chocolate in the world tease the nostrils. A bit of hop spiciness mixed in as well. Truly delicious aroma. The taste is strong on dark, bittersweet chocolate. A nice sweetness follows, as well as defined roasted notes. The finish presents more fruity chocolate, with a wisp of smoke. A bit of vanilla is present as well, mixed in with the solid malt flavor in the background. As you can tell, this is one very complex beer. I also sense a bit of nuttiness in there as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and shows a moderate body. Not as thick as some sweet stouts, but flavor is what this beer is all about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Classic: deep & dark and roasted & toasted. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and BBQ briquettes. Rich flavors throughout. Healthy bitterness to balance things out. Solid stout with tons to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Poured a nice dark brown/coffee color with a medium light brown frothy head that diminished to almost nothing. Aroma reminded me of molasses with a touch of licorice and roasted malts. First taste, wow, complex; creamy, rich, roasted coffee with some caramel and a slight alcohol taste, had some sweetness yet nicely balanced with the hop bitterness. Continued to improve as I drank and the beer warmed. Excellent brew full bodied and VERY tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcastillo81 (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2005 does not count
Very tasty! I could taste all kinds of good stuff on my first sip. The aroma is nice but you can definatley smell the alcohol even though its not a very strong beer. Still very good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoobcool (3) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2005 does not count
Great stout. Had a thick tan head and poured coffee black but left good after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattShizzle (569) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Very good stout. Nice and strong, but not overpowering. Doesn’t overdo it on the roasted barley.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Cask conditioned version at Firkin. Nice light brown creamy head with excellent lacing. Brown-black color with heady aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt, with touch of resiny hop. Creamy full body that started with a sweetish smooth chocolate with a burnt malt taste and finished with moderate bitterness. Very enjoyable beer to savor alone after a meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Poured dark coffee brown-black with a densy foamy dark tan head which faded slowly with nice lacing. Aromas of malt, smoke, coffee, toffee, chocolate, peat, alcohon, yeast and hops. Flavors included roast malt, alcohol, bread, herbs, grapefruit, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit, caramel and molasses, with a good bitter finish. very nice chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Poured black with a thick tan head. Very good head retention. This looked like a Cafe Mocha. Smell was fruity along with vanilla, chocolate and bitter coffee. The main fruit was cherry. There was a bit of a burnt flavor in the taste at times but it didn’t bother me. Terrific mouthfeel. So smooth. The best single Stout I’ve ever had.

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