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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Seasonal springtime Irish-style stout. Named after the many church steeples in Frederick, Maryland where this stout is brewed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Sweet wine-like aromas drift from the thick tan head. Pleasant chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A bitter-sweet treat from an Irish-style stout that is brewed especially for St. Patrick’s Day. All American ingredients make it quite different from Guinness or Murphy’s. Although this stout isn’t charged with nitrogen and doesn’t hold a head as long as the aforementioned Irish brands, it is more enjoyable and complex throughout and a better all around stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwilson (14) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2003
I'm glad I found a six of this one! Very complex caramel and roast barley flavors blend with a great level of hop bitterness. Its creamy, rich, tasty and clean finishing on top of that. Well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2005
12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass - it pours a beautiful near-black brown with a small head. It has a roasted coffee and oatmeal aroma. Umm, delicious! It has a has a great taste and palate. The roasted coffee aroma persist into the taste. It has a definite oatmeal taste as well. The finish clings to the throat, leaving the wonderful body in your mouth for a long time. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2003
Loved it! Black as night. Dark roasted coffee is predominant with nice touches of vanilla and cocoa. Perfect for a stout session. Price is great too. Enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle. Deep mahogany with a tan head that disappeared quickly, but left a good lace. The first thing to stand out to me was the minty-chocolate aspect in the nose, very reminiscent of Thin Mint girlscout cookies. Very different. Also a bit of roastiness in the nose. Great mouthfeel. Very full and chewy, almost like an imperial stout. Again, the mint greets your tongue with a slight numbing sensation that sets up the dark chocolate and roasted malts very nicely. It slides down your throat with a roasted, dry finish. This is a thoroughly enjoyable brew, and one that I will seek out in the future. Thanks slob for the awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Draft... This beer rocks!... Pitch black brew. Iím in a pub/eatery, so thereís no bright light to which I can hold this beer up and see through... so itís just black! Small, creamy, deeply- tanned head with tight, thick lacework. The aroma is of cocoa, vanilla and rich coffee (Jamaican Blue Mountain). The flavor is of licorice, dark chocolate and espresso up front. Balanced nicely with a grassy and moderately bitter hop presence on the backside. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bone-dry, very lightly pungent and crisp finish with a touch of tin and grass at the very end. World class stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Black as night with a nice waterfall effect in the dark brown head. Dark roasted aroma with wonderful toasted nuts and dark chocolate. Milky mouthfeel that is very pleasant, bitter-sweet and fully roasted. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Opaque mahogany. Reducing, foamy espresso head. Light carbonation. Aroma of burnt chocolate, barley, wisps of vinous fruit and coffee. Mellow with a tender carbonation. Deep, dark roasted malt flavors and a coating of mildly sweet caramel. Medium body. Rich, coffee aftertaste and a bitter spruce sap hop charge, though tamed with age. Best before date July 30, 2002. Hardly shows itís age though. Quite robust and just sweet enough to keep it from being stark. Tangy aftertaste develops as it warms further. Finishes smooth, intensely roasted and deeply flavored with bittersweet chocolate, caramel and a black malt twang. A burly Irish stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Black as a coal mine in color.very small tan head that faded quickly but managed to leave a faint lacing behind.Nice roasted malt aroma,Coffee and raisin notes as well as IMo a mildl wine like character but i could just be crazy,in some ways it kind of reminds me of Fish Tales Poseidon.Nice roasty flavor with a medium strenth coffe and chocolate,mild bitterness to it but mainly it has a mild sweet side that seems to be pronounced.the after taste is mild coffe with a mild chocolate or cocoa side.The feel is fairly mellow but there is a slight grit to it on the tongue.All in all this is a fine brew,and a nice trade courtesy of Hopscotch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours dark with a small brown head, medium to heavy body, coffee and chocolate taste with the aroma to match. I am on the last bottle from my case and enjoyed everyone of them. Very nice stout, easy to drink.

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