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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
I was really looking forward to this extra stout on this cold night. Popped the cap and it overflowed all over the kitchen. Now I must say that I didn't chill it, but I was surprised it reacted so violently. In any case the remainder of the brew was nicely aromatic, very dark and powerful. Overcarbonation was the only flaw. Would love to have a nicely conditioned bottle...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1467) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Jet black. Very little head. (Probably not a new bottle). Tastes like a campfire the morning after. Lots going on here... can't taste the 8% at all, but it's sure hitting me now! Another notable brew from Cisco!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6473) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
#14 of my Stouts of November: Black hue with a massive off-white head which did produce very good lace once it settled down. Nose of dark bread, molasses, mild coffee, grassy hops, smoke, raisin, and sweaty yeast esters. The taste was that of burnt smoky malt, bittersweet chocolate, raisin tone and yeasty. There is a bitter bite on the finish and light alcoholic presence. The mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Very well put together stout. A lot to like about this beer (once you got past the overcarbonated head). Glad I found it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2930) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Bottle: Is dry an aroma? Not getting much. Some of the choc/coffee. Over carbonation,An unfortunate signature of this brewery,Black/dark red color. Big head. Only half bottle made it in glass and I was pouring slow. Roasted/ burnt malt flavor. Bakers chocolate dark roast coffee. Creamy,dry, kinda thick with roasted malt left on tongue. Man this coulda been a contendah if it wasn't foe a lite nose. Does this explain the extra in the name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: APR 6, 2005 Rerate: yes, the carbonation thins the body, but this is still delectable. Original: Deeply roasted barley, smoky, highly carbonated - yes - and it does get in the way of the flavor a bit. Cool it way way down before serving to try to tame it’s wild ways. It does have a very subtle sweetness - more sugary than raisin. Thin because of the carbonation. I have OldGrowth to thank for one I have wanted for a very long time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2003
The head of this beer is not just thick, it is explosive. When I opened the bottle a river of suds cascaded out before I even had time to pour it into a glass. The foam cascaded over the counter and puddled on the floor, creating a huge mess. The beer itself is dark brown. The nose is roasted malt, espresso and molasses. The taste is roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and an odd taste that reminded me of Moxie soda pop and sarsparilla. Smooth rich creamy mouthfeel. An excellent brew, but the excessive carbonation knocked the rating down a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
When I popped the top off of this beer, it sprayed the ceiling the floor, two sets of cabinets. So I started a little hack off to begin with. After it settled, I is the color of black coffee. Burnt aroma, flavor has alot of coffee and nuts. I really liked the flavor, it reminded me somewhat of Speedway Stout. Finish was slightly bitter. Lower marks in the overall reflect my distain for the mess I had to clean up. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to rate this Mittenstein.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Pitch black with a monsterous head ~ 90% foam which leaves a thin fizzy lace behind. Strong bitter hoppy aroma. Big roasted, almost burnt flavor with some chocolatey nuances and a touch of molasses. Light fizzy mouthfeel. No noticeable alcohol even with the relatively high abv. Good foreign stout, but would have been better with less carbonation and more complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2003
LOTS of foam initially--had to wait for a while before it subsided. First impression is a very malty bitterness. Definitely heavy usage of black and chocolate malts. Leaves a very dry feeling in the palate. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2003
Dark roasted coffee color with an enormous, creamy head. After the first pour, the beer left in the 750 ml bottle began slowly bubbling over the lip of the bottle. Mild aromas include dark roasted coffee and creamy chocolate. Flavors include coffee and creamy milk chocolate which create a silky smooth - yet full - body & mouthfeel. Very rich, full flavored and enjoyable.

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