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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with an abundance of black and chocolate malts then aged on oak to add an earthy character. Obovoid is a rich, smooth stout with a creamy, off-white head. Limited release available October-December.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2007
1 pint 6 oz bottle pours pretty black with a monsterous and clingy head and pull away lace. The aroma is roasty, chocolaty, and inviting. The flavor is roasty, malty, sweet, and ever so slightly lactic. There is a lingering slight bitterness. There is no trace of alcohol flavor; very mild this one for the ABV listed. The palate is fairly rich, but not overly so. Decent cabonation exists. Overall, very nice - canít complain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and GregClow, Harryís bottle. Nice dry oatmeal aroma, with some dry chocolate as well. Great taste - dry, sweet chocolate, medium carbonated body. Black with lots of brown hints, big fizzy brown head. This one packs a tremendous amount of flavour with no trace of alcohol. A great stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4054) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
On tap at the Bocktown. Pleasantly attractive roasty dark beer aroma. Blackish bwrown with red tinge that is readily apparent. Barelt any head. Not much carbonation. Not as strong as an impy stout but it certainly has those impy stout characters. Decently mild but the alky impact still exists. Overall not a bad stout but is certainly too much for my sweet stout taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2007
22 oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Pours an opaque black with a thick off white head. Slight chocolate malt aroma with a hint of oak. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Not a lot of roasted barley more to the chocolate malt side. Fairly sweet up front. Long dry finish with some more chocolate. Decent beer, but the oak character didnít really seem very evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Notes from 11/24/07. 22oz bottle, no date. Hazy deep, deep ruby brown with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Roasted malts are the strongest in the aroma, followed by some coffee (acidity and all), light oats and dark chocolate. I canít pick up on any oak at this time. Flavor was wet wood--hooray the oak is now present, though not dominant. Roasted malts with not much sweetness and a dry coffee ashy finish. Bitterness peaks at a 3. Medium creamy body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is malt, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste of bitterness, molasses, coffee, roasted chocolate, and oak. A slight warming finish. A pretty good beer that maybe could use some cellaring for just a little bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, husks, cocoa powder), lightly hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a light note of wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Clumsy, rough malt character and a fairly acidic flavor profile make this one a miss for me. Itís ok, an average-ish stout in the end, but quite simple and uninspiring. Likely oak chipped rather than barrel aged, but even so it didnít have much effect. Which is certainly better than overdoing it, which I have come to expect from chips, but I had to struggle to find their effects here...sadly, itís just a plain raw wood odor (sawdusty), not very vanilla-ish or inviting. Iíd really like to be able to root for this "home team", but BBC always brew in a very by-the-numbers and safe (dare I say boring?) manner rather than innovative and challenging. Maybe thatís by design, marketing not to beer geeks but ordinary beer drinkers, I dunno. And yet theyíre pricing this at $7.50 per bomber right here in its home town, which is more than the common man is likely willing to spend and almost seems like hubris. Confusing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1711) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2007
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Black with lasting tan head and lace. Roasted coffee chocolate chip cookie dough aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted mocha, mild fruit and medium bitterness flavors, dominated by delicious roastiness. Medium-full bodied and medium carbo. Nicely complex, challenging and drinkable at the same time. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (2948) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
A very nice dry stout, not as bitter as you would expect. The taste is dark and toasty malts, medium hop bitterness. Coffee like. Iíve enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
The aroma is very nice with chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The appearance is dark brown with a light tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. This stout is decent but to dry.

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