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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
This poured jet black and was sooooo smooth. A wonderful stout from a brewery that specializes in the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 a thick black, creamy beer. slight tan head that recedes quickly. smells like coffee and roasted malts.... goes down smoothly, with a savory and sweet roasted chocolate flavor with a bit of a bitter finish. smooth. creamy. delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2012 It’s been 7 years since I’ve rated this so I’m doing it again. Thick and opaque with a fine chocolate head. A wonderful aroma of chocolate, roast, vanilla and toffee. A great mouthfeel, sweet coffee and a slight smokiness, yet very smooth. Carbonation is good with a tiny bitterness. Finishes well. Still very nice but not quite the beer I remember.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Pours a deep dark black with very dark ruby edges. No head or lace. Some chocolate, some coffee in the aroma. Flavors are a bit more than the aroma. Starts out with sweet malt, going to some more of the roastiness, finishes a bit bitter. There is a smokiness that underlying all the other flavors. Big body and a creamy palate. Nice. Thanks ClarkVV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Oily black color with tawny black edges. No head, no lacing. Nose is very rich with straight forward coffee & chocolate with a bit of roast. Flavor is lightly sweet and malty with the light hops coming through in the end next to a bit of smoke. Not complex at all, but very straight forward. This is well made and could be called a benchmark stout in my book. Thanks ClarkVV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 Aroma is primarily the burnt, roasted malts. Flavor is smokey and coffee. There appears to be some fruity notes underneath the smoke, but its hard to tell. Some dry hops up front and a fairly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Sampled November 2011
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, frothy textured, brown head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a black, concentrated brown color and is quite opaque. Rich malt aromas of blackened caramel, concentrated coffee, slightly tart roast / burnt notes, some sort of rich, cold coffee drink, dark chocolate and cocoa are all quite noticeable in the nose. There seem to be some touches of roasted butterscotch here as well.

The beer feels thick and viscous, but lightens up as moves across the palate. A dry and roasted note in the finish is what allows this to lighten up and it serves as a nice foil for the dark malt sweetness up front. This beer is roasted, burnt and slightly bitter throughout the flavor profile, but, especially towards finish. The finish has a lingering toasted / roasted brown grain-bread character to it that adds some whole grain wholesomeness to the beer. The texture has a smooth and creamy feel to it up front, but the middle gets a touch prickly from the carbonation, but also it is accentuated by some burnt tartness. Burnt toffee flavors up front meld well with some roasted nutty notes. The finish has some tartness from the ample roast malt.

This is much nicer than my previous encounter with a much too buttery version of this beer. This definitely hits the spot if you are in the mood for an amply roasted, but chewy, smooth stout.

Sampled December, 2003
Previous Score = 3, 5/4/5/4/12
This beer pours a deep brown, almost a black, color. It forms a thick brown head when swirled in my glass. The aroma is of a buttery roast malt. The butter seems to dominate the aroma. The butter component is in the taste as well. This beer is creamy in consistency. It has definite roast character as well, though befitting a cream stout, it is a soft roast flavor. The stout is fairly thick bodied, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The butter flavor seems to dissipate with time, though I could just be getting used to it. I am not sure if the butter character is supposed to be here (my guess is that it is not), but it is no so strong that it horribly detracts from this beer. It even helps to boost the perceived fullness of this beer. Though in the end this beer would be much better without the butter component.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 Dark brown with a small head and fair lacing. Nice chocolate ice cream and warm fudge aroma, with faint sherry and butter notes. Very smooth with chocolate, toffee and caramel flavors, a restrained roasted coffee background with a hoppy note. Toasty and sweet with very little bitterness, it's a malty brew alright and superbly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Dee-licious! I think that the best beers just taste damn good and don't require analysis. Like this one. Just tasting good is enough. If I had to break it down, I'd say that in this case the ten different malts came together to make a nice tasting beer, rather than a disjointed one like other multi-malt beers have turned out to be. Thanks PsychProf!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Not much of a nose on it. Looks very inviting. Sweet malt flavor tasting of burnt chocolate. Warming but a very masked alcohol taste - a very balanced beer. I'd like a bigger nose, though.

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