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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Number Fore - Brewed with all malted barley and peat malt (smoked malt). This beer is full bodied with chocolate, roasted barley flavors, and a smokey almost BBQ finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours one of the blackest colors I’ve ever seen in any stout, absolute pitch black with a medium sized dark brown, bubbly head. Aroma is chocolatey, malted milk balls, fairly roasty but surprisingly not that smoky. When I look for the smoke I can find it but if I didn’t know this was a smoked stout it wouldn’t have jumped out at me in the aroma. Flavor is chocolatey, pretty much just chocolate actually. It’s nice and good and leads to a chocolatey finish. Not much smoke detected in the flavor either. Surprisingly dry, certainly dryer than I expected it to be. For my tastes it could use a bit more viscosity or creaminess. Searching for the smoke I do find a bit of a BBQ flavor but it is certainly subtle, just like the aroma. Overall this is a quality stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2008
The Dan Journal #201. Tasted 7/10/08. 12oz bottle. Pitch hue with a khaki head. Oatmeal and fudge aromas. Hints of dark chocolate and a touch smokey. Full bodied with a slight cherry, berry estery malt character. Good roast with hints of dark chocolate and moderate smokey flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUL 27, 2008
12 oz. bottle. pours dark velvet black with brown small head. aroma consists of dark caramel roasty malt sublte smoke. Starts toffee sweet, with dark chocolate, brown sugar. some warming from alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours a jet black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, toasty, smoky, roast, caramel, and some alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, malty, roast, caramel, and a sweet brown sugar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours like an extremely opaque black motor oil. The dark tan head, with hints of burgundy, is a bit course. The aroma is very smoky with strong tinges of a tart, tanginess. The fruit aroma is like a mix of a kiwi tart and a plum and pomegranate tanginess. It has a medium weight in the mouth with some decent carbonation. The flavour starts with a round dark fruit flavour (leaning more towards pomegranate). The smokiness then quickly overpowers the citrus. Hints of a brown sugary sweetness mellows out the medium bitterness. Towards the finish, dark fruit and soy sauce-like flavours are apparent behind the intensely dominant meaty smokiness. This is so incredibly smoky. It’s like drinking meat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
12oz. bottle, with thanks for Gregis for getting this for me from Indy a while ago, and this finally completes the 1-5 series for me. Pours a thick and dark black with a foamy dark brown head that diminishes but is easily revived with a few swirls. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, smoke and peat; all lightly present. Flavor brings out more peat, with some light smoke, roast and coffee. Not a powerful smoke by a long stretch, but another solid and tasty stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2008
This is superb. Pours pitch black. Smoked aroma and flavor have a really nice sweetness to them. Does not end up reminding one of smoked sausage. Very easy to drink. Dark chocolate and subtle charcoal aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2008
The color was dark black. The head was thin, creamy, and very dark brown. The aroma was coffee, smoke, sweet, and molasses. The flavor was espresso, roasty, smoke, molasses, and hops. The palate was thick-bodied. The finish was roasty and hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Good god do I love the pour of a Dark Horse stout. Everyone I’ve emptied out of the bottle has been ink black, ink. Thin chestnut brown head. The nose is so nice, smoked chocolate, coffee, normal chocolate, sweet, no alcohol, molasses, brown sugar. The flavor is.....roasty, bittersweet bakers chocolate, very very mild smoked character, coffee. I’d count off half a point for the mouthfeel, wish it had been fuller. Nice carbonation though. Finishes roasty with coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2008
A black pour with a dark tan head. Whoah. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor has more roasted goodness, some chocolate, caramel, and wood shows through as well. Not quite as smokey as expected, but the stout hanging out here is very nice. Finishes mildly bitter.

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