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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A dry stout with chocolate notes and hints of oak. A cross culture of three different yeasts during fermentation delivers a delightfully different body with a soft finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Thanks AgentSteve. Dark brown, dark chocolate, wood, molasses, little darkfruits, little coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Pours deep brown with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, wood and molasses. The flavor is quite the same with a bitterness present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
12 oz bottle from hellomynameis, Thanks!!! Nose of coffee, chocolate, and some old, dried, leathery prunes; Very dark brown with a medium tan head; flavor a little acidy and cardboardy but lots of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Wish I had this fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle shared at a tasting. Deep brown body with a a bitter coffee start, chocolate, coca, and a creamy finish with mineral accent. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2008
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of ryan. Mostly transparent, dark cocoa brown color with a thin finger of fizzy ivory head. Aromas of coconut bark, chocolate, and faint leather. Hints of coffee and charred prune. Oxidized, but not devastated. Medium light bodied, sparkling carbonation with a thin body. Flavors of milk chocolate and roast up front, with some prune fruitiness. Finishes thin, with a mildly acidic coffee flavor lingering in the finish. Obviously past it’s prime at this point, but still drinkable and certainly a nostalgic pleasure to taste again after being a favorite during college. Thanks, Ryan!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Thanks to iowaherkeye for bringing this bottle to his ’farewell to Iowa’ tasting. Poured a garnet brown color with a light tan head. Smelled of roasted malt, subdued chocolate brownie, and a hint of anise. Medium bodied with roasty bitterness, coffee, a bit of white paper, and some light detracting acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle from Iowaherkeye - thanks Joey. Sweet and dark malt aromas. Liquorice. Dark, dark brown. Flavor is dry, slight vinegar, coffee/espresso, some chocolate. Creamy dryish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2008
Deep black body with a quite big bubbled not lasting beige head; Amazing chocolate nose, both full fat aromas and dry fine; The body is broken or maybe just way over the top, super thin and biting acid; Some oily chocolate aromas in the finish, but all you really think about is the bitting sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2008
12oz Batch 2646, shared with my GF Cyn. Pours blackish brown with a 1 finger tan head. nose is really nice and and full of chocolate. Taste is dry and full of chocolate, really a pretty nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1826) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tetrik -- thanks for sending this retired gem my way! Sampled June 2008 -- when was it retired? It’s held up well.

Pours a deep near-black brown with a grey-brown head that is refreshed as I sip from the intense (though not particularly prickly) carbonation within.

Powerful and very appealing aroma -- this is really something -- of salted Swedish licorice, fresh foam on a French press coffee, baker’s chocolate. Rich flavor with the roasty nutty and slightly sourness combination that I’ve experienced in this measure only with roasted cacao nibs. A bit more sour on the finish, perhaps showing its age, but on the long end the chocolate and coffee comes back, leaving this beautiful aftertaste of a strong chocolate bar. Awesome beer. I’m really glad to have had the chance to try this.

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