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RATINGS: 1900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2006
This was an easy drinking standard stout for me. Perhaps the batch I had was a little too old?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pours deep cola black with a short-lived tan, rocky head which leaves a tiny bit of lace. The nose is toasted smoky malt, dark chocolate, caramel, butter, herbal hops and alcohol. Flavor is smoky roasted malt, not sweet, with coffee, creamy dark chocolate, scotch, peat, earth and a bit of medicinal hops. Very creamy with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Full bodied, but not as syrupy as some.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pours near black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of coffee, lighty roasted vegetables, and freshly seperated cream. Taste is lighty roasty with notes of toffee, smoke, and raisins. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with lush carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
12 oz bottle. Dark brown body with a very small whitish head. Slight aroma of coffee. Flavor is coffee and bittersweet chocolate, not as bold as I would have liked. Palate was smooth, but could have had more body. A decent stout, but I didnít think it was anything special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spclerk (47) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Pours very very dark brown with a little bit of red. Tan head leaves quickly. Decent lacing down the glass. Aroma is of chocolate and maybe some burnt plum pudding. Also maybe a little chocolate milk smell if that makes any sense-- but in a good way, at least to me. Taste has lots of bitter chocolate, a bit of coffee. Thereís definitely some alcohol in there. Nice lasting, bitter chocolate aftertaste. Didnít seem exactly sweet to me, but not dry either. Whatever it is, I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 pours a very deep burnt crimson with uglyish large brown bubbles making a head that dissipates mostly quickly. smells terrific, but i wish it was a bit stronger. taste is potent and a bit like burnt mocha beans, but a little alcoholic frankly. mouthfeel is good but light (how i always feel about sweet stouts). iíve given it 3 tries before rating, and i just canít dig this as much as i want to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
(03.20.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. Batch no. 7219. Pours opaque brown black with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the nose. Medium bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and expresso coffee/bitter chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Some astringent chalkiness in the mouth. Finishes dry with some light lingering bitterness and roasted malt fade. This is a very good, well-balanced stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours black with a creamy medium-light tan head. The aroma is semi-sweet...coffee, chocolate, but thereís also this milky-sour odor which to be honest doesnít get me too excited. The flavor is bitter with coffee, bakerís chocolate, with some roasted malt and some smoke. Iím not really getting a whole lot of sweet, it feels a lot more dry than anything else...malty over the tounge with a bitter, sour, dry finnish. This certainly isnít a bad thing by any means, but at the same time...this doesnít make me think "sweet stout" at all...itís more dry than anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Rich, sweet malt aroma with a roasty, sweet chocolate and smokey flavor. sweet coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma is sweet, a little musty, creamy with maybe a mild, mild chocolate undercurrent. Appearance is pretty typical for a stout. Thinnish brown head over a dark brown body. Coffee flavor picks up heavy in the flavor with a dark chocolate backdrop. There is a slight molasses flavor and a warmth from the alcohol. My only complaint is that it is pretty straightforward and borders on simple... extremely well done, but simple. Flavor is very smooth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that blends nicely with the alcoholic warmth.

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