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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A richly textured and roasty stout with a boost of bitter and charismatic flavor from the addition of fine dutch cocoa in the mash.
Current advertising is 5% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Deep black, tan creamy lasting head. Nose is dark bitter-sweet cocoa, some earth, coffee and cream, with minor notes of citric hops. Flavor basically mirrors aromas, but you get a small kick of citric hops for balance. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter-sweet finish. Nice session stout to kick back with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottle: Opaque with frothy tan head which faded and some lace. The aroma has notes of burnt dark malts, sweet malts, lactic twang, coffee, and piney hops. The taste is bittersweet with a noticeable hop presence. Mocha and smoky undertones. The finish is bitter and dry, metallic. Not bad but a bit strangely balanced, does have the malt tones to make it work. Thanks for the bottles Dave and Joe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Balance of bitter vs sweet did not strike harmony for me, bitter won out. Not bad, but not a brew I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Update: On tap. Thin on the palate, burnt chocolate flavors, big roastiness and a bit earthy towards the finish with a bitter cocoa flavor. Just too watery on the palate. I’m not sure if i got a bad bottle of this, but what a let down. Pours a perfect stout appearance, black with a nice fluffy tan head. Aroma is nice with a great chocolate smell. But the taste absolutely bombed. As soon as it hit my mouth it gave off a incredibly bitter/metallicy taste. Very thin, almost no body to it. The chocolate taste was covered up by the overwhelming bitterness of this beer. Maybe a bad bottle, maybe a bad brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Aroma is of buttery chocolate. Solid brown head. Body is a little thin, in fact quite thin for a stout. Taste has some chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Finish is dry and bitter, slightly roasty. Just not complex enough

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle. Pretty decent little stout. Heaps of roasted bitterness, and bitter chocolate. Decent balance and flavour, not particularly complex, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Opaque brownish-black color with a medium chocolate brown head. Strong musky chocolate and coffee aroma. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and earthy flavors with a slightly dry hops finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5757) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2004
Motor oil-like black pour with a thin, mocha colored, off-white head. Aroma of strong black coffee - no sugar or cream damnit, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor has some elements of chocolate of course, but not your Hershey variety, more like bittersweet chocolate. Very earthy. Trailing hop presence at the end rounds it up nicely at the end. Finishes strong, damn good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4443) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2004
I'm a bit troubled by the sticker 'USDA Organic' on the label, when it's accompanied by a picture of a Buffalo. Very nice aroma. Very black, OK label. Quite bitter at first, but then it mellows out somewhat. Some burnt toast qualities to the general roastiness. Dry, some fruit and tanginess. Medium body. An unusual, and subtle roast presence on the backend of the finish, along with trace sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2004
From the bottle. Absolutely beautiful pour. This is a dark black stout with a brown fluffy head. Smack you in the face roasted malt aroma. Dominant flavor is the Dutch chocolate. Unfortunately, I would have liked more malt gravity to this stout. Seemed a little light on the body.

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