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RATINGS: 1749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Average aroma. Beautiful mahogany head. Nice flavor with nutty and toasted notes. Smacks of caramel and coffee. Carbonation is light, alcohol makes an appearance. Excellent!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Tasted at the Great Madison St. Stout Off, from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Loved the fresh cream aroma off this and this one is smooth and sweet and flat out one of the best tasting beers Ive ever had. Light brown bubbling head on a pitch black body. This one is close to perfect for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Iíve had better batches of this beer, but this is the one Iím rating so, here goes. Seems a bit oxidized and overly harsh. Not nearly as smooth as youíd think it should be. I prefer expy or Kalamazoo to this one. Maybe its sat on the shelf for a while..not sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10468) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2005
BOTTLE. MODERATE MALTY, LIGHT BREAD AND LICORICE AROMA. MEDIUM FROTHY, LIGHT BROWN HEAD THAT HELD TO FINISH. MODERATE SWEET FLAVOR. FINISH WAS FULL, CREAMY WITH LIGHT ASTRIGENT.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2005
First, I have not been a fan of Stoutís in general. But this is the CREAM of the crop. A perfect balance of sweet & bitter (bitter is better) Hint of chocolate, mocha ...nice after taste Chicago in the winter Yah

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle, from Duane, Thanx! Pours a rich dark brown with thick creamy, huge, tan head. I have let this warm a bit, as the head resides, it leaves nice lacing. The aroma is sweet, chocolate, roasted dessert like. The first taste is full of chocolate and a good bit of bitter, like Belgian dark chocolate. There is a bite from the carbonation, but this pleasant kick helps blend the bitter and sweet. It is almost like a chocolate mousse cake. I loved this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pours near opaque with a bit of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Great thick head and a great roastiness to boot. Canít wait to try the regular stout as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
bottle. pours a rich, reddish brown with a nice head. a pretty good stout but I thought the Kalamazoo stout was a little bit better.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle. brentfeesh sent this one in a trade. Kudos again Brent! Pours as black as my old girlfriendís heart. Minimal head that dissipates to a thin layer of dark amber bubbles. Nose is awesome... just like walking into a real coffee shop (not Starbucks) that has 100 year old wooden walls and the old aromas have buried themselves in their surroundings and yet they still mesh with the new aromas from the freshly brewed coffees and teas of today and create a great atmosphere.... Thatís the nose of this beer. Sweet and malty and cocoa and vanilla, and .... Iím missing something, but the aroma rocks. Body is creamy and smooth with slight and fizzy carbonation. The taste is sweet with a slight twang that rides down the throat with the heavy espresso flavor... not perfect, but not bad. Not sure what that twang is, and it doesnít ruin the brew, but it does keep from being top-notch in my book. Not bad stuff, but doesnít finish as well as dry or imperial stouts. Still a nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
A pitch black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol and coffee, but some sour carpet notes in the aftertaste.


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