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RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks tytoanderso!! - Pours thick and almost black with a huge tan head...aroma is roasty, slight metal, dark chocolate and anise, dk fruit...flavour is pretty similar, astringent and roasty, burnt wood, plum...finish is bitter and lightly tart, with a lingering alcohol burn...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3384) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2010
750 ml into a tulip. Pours very dark with a huge tan head. Head grows as it sits. The head takes up about half the glass. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, light roast. Flavor is chocolatey, some licorice, some herbal notes. A bit bitter. Somewhat one dimensional. Smooth mouthfeel. Heavy carbonation for the style. Kinda of disappointed.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Poured into a glass that is about 10" tall and 8" of it began as head. That head is dark and angry looking. Very cool. The body is quite dark with plenty of red. Aroma is musty and funky, even a bit fishy. Flavor begins with chocolate but is quite complex. Dark fruit including plums and figs, alcohol, cocoa, black licorice. Beneath it all is an interesting hop diversion. A very unique and flavorful beer. This one was fun to try.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Black pour with a mocha brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, faint fruits, and hops. Taste is chocolate, bitter, fruity, roasted malt, little dry. Overall, a nice tasty stout- another fine smokestack series. It’s nice to try another varient of a stout style. This one does just fine-good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Thanks to BA BlueOkie for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is roast, earth, cocoa, tobacco, and slight licorice. Flavor is similar with earth, tobacco, and cocoa. Medium bodied and decent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3306) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2010
750ml bottle 5/13/10 (Whole Foods-Austin)-58° in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke chocolate, and coffee. Taste of the same with more smoke coming out. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite delicious. Another great Smokestack brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6177) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours deep brown/black with tan head, aroma is some spice, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Taste up front is some spice from the hops and the rye, leading into a roasted, chocolate, and coffee middle with a fairly smoky finish. Pretty good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to Butters. Dark, dark brown, black, thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, black licorice, roasty, light berry. Taste is anise, papery roast, chocolate, coffee, kinda meh.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Deep black/ brown with white lacing, light roasty malt aroma with a really bitter, very lip-smacking flavor. Sampled at "Guess who’s back..."


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