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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
First, thanks to redlem for sending this in a trade. Pours almost black but with a brown hue that is noticeable around the edges. Small brown head. Nose is lightly bittered with coffee, choclate, and a seemingly oatmeal note. Very coffee like taste. Some sweetened malt notes and cocoa. Oily and bitter mouthfeel. Some bittering elements during the finish also. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
A truly great stout. The pour is dark and thick, with a tiny tan head. Flavor is sweet and much like cookie dough, big flavor and full-bodied, with an aftertaste that is quite nice, like drinking a fresh cup of coffee, moist and only a little oily. Great roasted flavor, and perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Black with a tan head. Oatmeal cookie aroma. toasty mildy sweet, very comfortable beer. Very full bodied, it does not seem like a 6.5% brew. Smooth, rich and creamy. I want more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Draft, at the Eccentric. Darkest of the stouts we had on our weekend pub crawl across Michigan. A deep coffee roast flavor and appealing body. Suspect this might have been better if we bought it bottled and let it age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Thick black pour, small fluffy slightly caramel colored head that dissipates. Very rich and luxurious mouthfeel. Strong roasted flavor with hints of dark chocolate. Nicely bitter, this stout is enjoyable. Thanks to Jeremy for the local trade.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Aroma is dominated by a deep chocolatey, coffee, slightly hoppy smell. THe color is a dark dark brown. Flavor starts out sweet and slighly fruity - maybe cherries - and finishes deep and chocolatey. Palate leaves a bit to be desired but still offers up good mouthfeel. An excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Thick and black. No head. Went fast but poured tan/dark brown foamy head. Prunes, nuts, chocolate covered raisin scent. Smooth but very bitter. Almost offensive. Coffee aftertaste. Nice stout but too much hops and carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lipskin (38) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
This is one of my favorite stouts. Black with an aroma of coffee and a bit of sweet chocolate. The taste is like a dark roasted coffee, nicely bitter with a little alcohol showing through. Yummy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Poured black with a tan 2 finger head that is rocky. The aroma has coffee, roasted malts and hints of sweetness. The flavor is of rasted malts and a little bitter in the aftertaste with notes of coffee. A solid stout.

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