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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours clear darkest brown with red highlights and a fluffy light brown head. Aroma is boozy with dark chocolate and some smokey molasses. A touch of dark fruits too. Flavor has notes of dark chocolate, acidic red fruits, mild prune, and black coffee. Also some chocolate cake and dark caramel as well as a bit of burnt, roasted character. Palate is soft and moussey for such a big stout. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (164) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2011
A veritable bouquet of aroma that includes Count Chocula cereal, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, floral notes from the hops, earthy base aromas, hints of alcohol, soy sauce, and molasses. Deep brown with a frothy head, this ale has light sweetness and bitterness. The aromas resonnate while tasting, the medium bodied ale softly slides across the tongue. Overall, there is enough complexity to retain interest until the last drop. Would love to try a version that substitutes some American hops for the noble hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Clear dark black in color; with large creamy beige head. Aroma is light malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is moderately sweet and bitter with a long duration, chalky, licorice. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bottle pours jet black with a thick brown head. Scent is dark fruit, sugar, choclate, coffee and roastiness. Taste is dark fruits, chocolate with a coffee hint. Lightly bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Pours a thick dark brown color with a large foamy brown head that lightens. What a boozy beer and I like it. Notes of spicy hops, dark chocolate liqueur, smoke, caramel, char, and a little bubble gum. The fusion of all the ingredients play very well with one another to create a unique expression that works well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gringo332 (577) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Pours black with a small caramel head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, hairspray, and some sweetness. Flavour is chocolatey and smokey, quite hoppy with a slight whiskey quality and espresso in the aftertaste. Smooth on the palate with a mildly bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Thanks theTomg. This one was simple but good. A bit thinner than would would expect by looking at it. Simply sweet throughout. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Itís a bit on the cheesy side but Dark Truth is a very fine name for a big old stout. Itís an opaque black beer w/ a foamy and long lasting head. The nose is sweet and strong w/ a sharp roast character and a bit of cardboard and alcohol. The texture is nice and creamy w/ mild carbonation but the flavor is a bit over-tart and ashy. There is a good deal of fruity complexity but alcohol and the seemingly ham-fisted use of roasted grain pretty much walk all over most of what could be enjoyable about this beer. It is too bad they wasted a good name on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pours deep chocolate with a huge, dark mocha head. Nose offers lovely chocolate, dark fruits. Good carbonation, medium to heavy mouthfeel. Intense dark coffee on the palate, lots of roast, along with some of that fruit, and a significant resiny hop finish. The rye really comes through on the finish, along with a hint of savoriness. A nice strong stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3499) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
12oz bottle... dark brown almost black, light tan head rises three fingers, good retention and lace but the head isnít very compact... the nose is roasty with some vanilla, but has a hint of mold and alcohol on the finish which detracts a lot... the taste is charred on steroids, its almost burning way too much alcohol, how is this only 9.7%... hugely disappointing, donít bother

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