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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Late Fall into winter seasonal. More malt, more malt, more malt. Dark malt and the fact that light can't pass through gave this beer its name. Hearty in flavor, great in taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 21, 2004
Pleasant malt base with light smoky touch. Dark brown, fine creamy head. Pleasing to the eye . Flavour : plain on top , dry roast accented . There are some bitters , gradually dry at end . Very decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Very dark, tan head. Very smoky, lots of malt, kind of earthy. Dry finish. Medium body, held up well all things considered, but you can tell it still suffered a bit fromt he time out of the keg. Still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
Very dark brown, somewhat black, w/ light brown foam. Toasty, slightly smoky aroma of dark chocolate & coffee w/ an earthy, meatiness. Full-bodied, slightly chewy feel. Flavour shows roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee (espresso) w/ a very mild, appetizing sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Appearance from likely generous American at Doug Shoemaker Party. Very sweet with chocolate malts and who knows what to sweeten the smoke, but also bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Toronto Christmas Party ’04. Admittedly older growler but still in great shape. Very dark mahogony, nice tan head. Nose is smoky, dark roasted malts. Rich smoky bitterness, chocolaty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Growler at DougShoemaker’s. Considering that this spent considerable time out of the keg this was a pretty decent beer. Deep black color with a light brown head. Coffee aromas. Slightly bitter. Light to medium bodied. Flavors were coffee and roasted malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours a dark black body, big fluffy beige head. Touch of sourness hops and dark malt in the aroma. Roasty, slightly dry astringent (?) sour bitterness and some malt. Average palate, touch light. Growler @ Toronto Christmas Party 2004.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Stoutish appearance, almost opaque, but ruby around the edges. Nearly flat, with meager carbonation supplying a tiny ring of froth. I've never ground up malt before, but this beer smells like what I imagine to be a tub the finest, freshly ground dark malts. I've never encountered such an intense malt presence, save for Celebrator. Cocoa powder, carob, and a vague cinammon smell I recall from both the Dark and Oktoberfest. Not quite as intense on the palate, but still deliciously semi-sweet. Light bitterness trickles in at just the right moment to slow down the malt train. Courtesy of my good friend Tom, this is the third beer I've been able to sample from Calumet. I've made a concerted effort not to reinforce a positive bias toward this brewery in my ratings, but I can't help but rave about these beers. Each seem to epitomize the freshness and small-batch quality that craft brewers should strive for. Thanks Coug.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Very sweet, malty and smooth. This is a refreshing beer with a great toasted malt accent that finishes dry. Great balance. The carbonation pokes through as does the subtle bitterness that complements the sweet edge on this beer very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Pours slightly darker than the dark with a smooth creamy tan head covering it all. Taste is malty, of course, and well balanced with just the right amount of hops. Shows vinous qualities. Could be a little thicker, but I guess it wouldn't be a schwarzbier then. I put this in the same boat as the Calumet Dark.

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