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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours black with mostly retained tan head. Aroma of dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. Taste is very roasty but also somewhat sweet. Body is thick and carbonation is high for a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Black pour through and through with a good size tan head. Strong aroma of malts - molasses, hint of chocolate. Wonderful taste of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, caramel. Smooth with a suprise bit of bitter that lasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
Black in colour with a fair amount of carbonation and a very dark head. The aromas are generally sweet and malty, with notes of milk chocolate and a bit of plum. The flavors are quite roasty, and suggest coffee, molasses, caramel, and a bit more chocolate. I could also detect a bit of hop flavor as well, but most of the bitterness comes from the roasted malts. Massive body to this one too!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Pours black as night. Head looks like whipped chocolate mousse...thick and foamy. Obvious aromas of dark chocolate, rich and malty. Strong roasty, chocolate and coffee combo of flavors, sweetens near the finish...molasses like. A taste which is a little stronger than a mocha finish. Body is big, thick, and chewy. Very smooth and well balanced. Flavor is distinctive and mellower than most stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle, thick looking black opaque pour. Huge aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate, maybe a little toffee. Very good palate - light smooth carbonation, with big roasted malts and chocolate. Finishes with some small lingering bitterness. Very nice - finding such huge stout flavors n a 6.5% stout is very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I loved the chocolate presence in this one. Coffee bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a luxurious pitch black covered with a thick whipped brown head. Great lacing. Aroma is clean (no sourness), sweet milk/coffee, mocha, perfect roasty chocolate background without being too burnt. Earthy and woody without being overly oaky, wonderful balance. Great coating mouth feel, creamy and rich, mild/low alcohol. Mild roasty flavor, medium finish, but still very satisfying. Low hop profile. The body and the clean taste of this beer make it one of the best. “Oh, the balance, the balance.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Black in color with a fluffy light brown head. Aroma is sweet coffee and a little chocolate. Flavor starts sweet with coffee and cream and some dark chocolate followed by a dry bitter sweet finish. Palate is rich and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1476) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Pours thick black with a fluffy light brown head. Soft chocolate notes on the aroma. Flavor is very reminiscent to Expedition stout but everything is divided by 2. That same sweet chocolate and mocha flavor. Not nearly as much hops. And of course half the alcohol. Relatively thin mouthfeel for such a dark stout. Makes for a very tasty stout. Tons of what looks like powdered chocolate leftover in the bottle. rerate, damn, this is awesome. by the far the best non-imperial-stout-stouts i’ve ever had. best when it’s a bit warm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Exceptional for a regular sweet stout. Opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, roaste dmalt, some vanilla. Palate is very thick and silky. Flavor is sweet, but not cloying. Lots of roast and bitter chocolate. Some caramel malt, coffee, slight hops, and lots of residual (I think lactose) sugars. Finishes nice and clean with a bit of lingering sweetness.

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