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RATINGS: 861   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
750. Solid black in the glass with a foamy medium brown head. Nose is thick and full of roasted malt, smoked malt, burnt malt, caramelized malt... You get the idea, I think. Flavor is a lot of the same, with a little sweetness and some definite coffee/chocolate tones. I think there’s maybe a bit too much roasted malt in this, because it really dominates the whole profile of the beer. Still a very nice stout, though maybe not exactly worth the $10 I paid for it. We’ll see how I feel after finishing the bottle, though...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - JUN 25, 2010
Slight roasty malts and some sweetness to the aroma. Dark brown with a good sized tan head. Taste is of rich malt with chocolate, sugars, with notes of bitter baker’s chocolate and some hoppiness. Taste is much better and more complex than aroma suggests. Chewy and meal-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10442) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to drfabulous. Trade with this guy. He’s awesome! Pours black with thinly retained tan head. Nose is roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light coffee and some herbal notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2010
I thought this was very very good, much better than the rating I see now it appears to enjoy. The bottle popped with a lovely sound, and it pours a huge, minimally loose foam that took a while to settle down. It has a rich palate, extremely drinkable and very much in balance for its abv, with some satisfying layers of mocha and coffee. Not too far in the roasted direction, with plenty of fruitiness. It accompanied grilled beef kabobs extremely well. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Pours a dark cola color. I am getting a lot of chocolate notes on this. It is complex but not thick. Easy to drink for 9.7%. Thought it might have gone bad at first but it really opened up nicely after the cork popped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle (corked and caged 750). Pours a dark (kinda thin) brown with a big fizzy head and aromas of dark fruit, earthy peat, wet leaves, chocolate and maybe coffee... Flavor is very sweet... chocolate and sticky molasses malt tones with lots of dark fruit and a heavy ABV that hits you across the palate. Mouthfeel is kinda thin for the style and it has a bit of a balance problem with too much ABV sticking out and too much sweetness, but it’s not bad. Still, I usually enjoy the Boulevard special beers more than this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Black with a big foamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain and coffee. Taste of roasted grain dark chocolate and bitter coffee with notes of citrus and white grapes on the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6232) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Black color/ light brown foam. Rich milk chocolate, cinnamon, dark roasted malt aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Great flavor is a milk chocolate and candi sugar sweetness, with earthy spices, dusty dark malts. alcohol is well cloaked. great stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of an mreusch trade. Thanks, Matt! As I work my way to the end of the Smokestack series, I’ve saved the newer bottles for last. Pours a pretty black near opaque hue, browner edges, but still pretty opaque. A large medium brown head that cakes and laces well, stays pretty large. Aromas are a mix of sweeter brown sugar, dark fruit, and fruity Belgian yeast, with lighter roasty malt, caramel, a touch of cocoa, vanilla. Fairly sweet and cakey, with a pretty noticeable Belgian yeast element. Initial is thicker, substantial body throws roast and sweet dark fruit and spicy yeast, dark candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, banana bread. Pretty sweet with a light warming booziness and a decent floral hopping with a touch of dry pine. Up front is sweet, Belgian influenced, but really moves into a warm roast, booziness ( a bit too much if you ask me ), and dry floral and piney hopping that sticks strong to the back of the palate and finish. Coffee and roast stick, but the sweetness and dark fruit, esters, and zesty Belgian spice, vanilla, with darker sugar malts. Nice, but a bit offensive on the backend. Still, tasty and really works a lot of flavors into play. One of the better Smokestack beers, in my opinion. Just a little hard on the backend.. Maybe a smaller version would play better in my book ABV-wise

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6563) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2010
750, corked and baled. Thanks, Mike! Pretty sure it was Mike anyway...sorry about the sloppy record-keeping on this end. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that lasts every bit as long as the beer does. Stringy lace here and there on the way down. Big sweet pruney, plummy nose. Creamy, almost sticky body, fairly thick. Lively carb but not too awfully much of it. Very sharply ashy and dry mid-palate, very flavorful attack, lots of roast and ash and charcoal bouncing around. What’s great about this beer is how intense the dry ashiness is on the mid-palate when contrasted against the smoky sweetness of the finish and the pruniness of the nose. It really goes three different places without seeming to stretch its legs very much. Great balance of power and coherence in this one. Nice beer.

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