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RATINGS: 2327   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2006
12 oz bottle Pours a heavy black with a lasting creamy light brown head which produces great lacing. Has a lovely roasted chocolate and coffee aroma with nutty hints. I also got a touch of dough. A thick full bodied stout with a good amount of carbonation and a nice finish. Good aftertaste. This is a great stout with good flavors and a robust taste that lasts nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 4/6/08 (Bought 12/2005) I figured it was about time to drink my last bottle of the 6 pack I bought in December 2005. Wonderful aroma very similar to what I reported in í05. Amazingly thick, oily, and soft mouthfeel. Easily a 5 on the palate. I donít notice much of a bitter finish as I reported in í05. It seems to have mellowed quite a bit. Nothing over-powers anything else. Itís just an amazingly thick, soft, and roasted mouthful. One of the best beers Iíve had for sure. 12/31/05 Pitch black with a small brown head that disappeared fairly quickly. Nice aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, nuts(?). Wonderful flavor. Mirrors the aroma. Some coffee bitterness in the finish but itís not overdone. Very nice. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced. I had to drive a long way to go on the beer run when I got this. I wish Iíd have picked up more of this while I was there. (8/5/9/4/17)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Black Pour, big chocolaty tan head. Some chocolate, roast, and alcohol in mild aroma. Taste is very nice - tons of chocolate, very rich roast, with hops in the background. The mouthfeel is thick, rich, and creamy. A truly outstanding tasting stout. Lovely lingering roast at the end. One of the best stouts I have ever tried, thanks to Captain Cougar for the trade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours a dark black with rich brown head that fades quickly. Chocolately aroma with roasted accents; both of which dominate the taste. Full bodied - borders on creamy with a simple light carbonation. Very good, and yet quite simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy chocolaty head. Smoky chocolate aroma. A little of that smoke comes through in the flavor. Nice combination with the chocolate. Certainly worth the effort!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 My last rating of this was bad...as styles pointed out. Things this beer is...tasty. Itís not huge, but it is perfect for anytime of the year. Iíll rerate it more adequately when I have a bottle in hand.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Barbecue and chocolate cake aroma, some smoke and plenty of roasted grain. The beer looks great, too, an impervious deep chocolate brown with lacing that practically climbs the glass. Palate is smooth and creamy, with a deconstruction of smoke and hops on the finish that liven the beer up. Chocolate, woodsmoke, and coffee all come through on the tongue, and stay there lingering awhile. A complicated beer thatís easy to love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours black with a small tan head. Smells very complex, notes of cream and caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is crazy with cream, oatmeal, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and java. AFtertaste is complex and long lasting. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Bottle: Nearly black body with small charcoal head. Nose was of buttery molases and hints of candied syrup. At first the moutfeel was thinner than I expected, although right on for a stout. Nut, chocolae, java, and butter flavor with no alch retention, very smooth and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2005
The perfect session stout! Iíd killed off half this thing within 5 minutes... rich, creamy, chocolately... this thing really goes down well. Well balanced, well made.

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