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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A deep, dark stout with lots of rich and hearty roasted barley flavor, and even some notes of dried fruit if you've got a discerning enough palate...


1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
From the bottle at Vermont Brewers Fest. 3 oz sample. Weird sour aroma with sweet acidic sour hints. Unpleasant and I dont detect the expected stout flavors. Mostly opaque mahogany with a light tan/off-white head. Thin, acidic, and putrid are the first 3 words that come to mind. Sour and astringent also come to mind. This beer has very few redeeming qualities. Looking from the previous ratings, this clearly must have been an infected bottle.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Sampled at the VT brewers fest. Hardly opaque, with red glaring at you from the edges. Poured out of a bomber for us, it was the last of the day. Boozy aroma, smells like macerated fruit. Acidic, very thin. Yikes! Not sure what makes this extra stout, no traditional stout characteristics. I can’t even finish this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Another great brew from my hometown brewers. Pours black with a great sized tan head. Aroma is filled with roasted chocolate and coffee. Very sweet roasted flavor, smooth with a great chocolate flavor. Nice and balanced with a slightly bitter end.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2004
Pours black with a fairly large tan head. Nice roasted malt/coffee aroma. Flavor is fairly subdued, not a lot going on. A pleseant stout, not one in the first tier.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
dark brown/black color, thick slightly off-white head, aroma of yeast, roasted malt, hints of chocolate and fruit; roasted but not overpowering, light sweetness of chocolate and fruit, yeasty, hints of alcohol, bubbly texture, slightly dry, not enough kick for a stout

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
Really dark with almost no light getting through. Enormous tan head (90-95% of initial pour) with odd formations. Sweet, roasted aroma is strong on coffee, molasses, baked bread, chocolate, caramel and a touch of sweet fruitiness. An average mouthfeel that may be a bit on the thin side, though is not terrible. Not exceedingly strong roasted or bitter flavors. The malt produces a lot of sweetness from the chocolate, caramel, residual sugars and relatively light roasting. A touch of hoppy bitterness at the end, but an otherwise subdued flavor. A really interesting stout. Much sweeter and light compared to the average stout and a bit thin. A tasty and interesting example that does not blow the drinker away with boldness nor with subtlety and balance.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 27, 2004
Mild coffee aroma. Hugh beige head that does eventually go away. Coffee flavor that is stronger to me than the aroma. Aftertaste is slightly roasty, seems a little bit thin. An enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12322) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2004
(served at room temp) Black, moderately viscous body topped by a huge brown head. Aroma is espresso, some roasty, faint chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, light date. Finish is mildly bitter, coffee and some grapefruit. Smooth, creamy, medium-full body.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Overcarbonation is a serious detraction for this beer. I found it soapy, thin, sour not bitter and a granulated sugar mouthfeel. This beer is not worth the time and effort to wait for the foam to subside. I let this cellar for 6 months before opening.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3283) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Definitely a foamer. Luckily, I was quick enough to get it to the sink before it spewed everywhere, but that's because I caught it before the lid was fully off. Huge tan head eventually fades completely away. The black body has a bit of a gray cast to it. A bit of the imperial stout fruitiness on the nose over a little chocolate. The flavor and body are thin. Some chocolate, some lingering hop bitterness. Definitely not one of the fuller flavored stouts of this size.


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