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RATINGS: 886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, smoked sausage, chocolate, some black cherry peel, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, smoke, cocoa, and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2008
At first I thought this was just too cold, but even as it warmed it didnít really blossom. Thereís definitely a smoked note here, and some frontal fruit suggests a great underlying stout recipe, but even so it had a slightly sour edge and lacked the dimensionality in the mid and late palate. A little bit thin on the palate for what it is. Really good appearance, at least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pours black with a small dark tan head, a little lacing. Aroma is chocolate, smoke, a little alcohol comes out as it warms. Decent sweetness, something seems to lacking. Thin and smooth. Not great, but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle pours black and viscous with a milk chocolate head and some spotty lace. The aroma is of a distant smoke, roasted malt, and minor hop combination. The flavor imparts, among other things, walnuts, bitter dark chocolate, long lasting roasted finish, bitter coffee notes, dark fruits and some lactic notes. Palate is smooth, rich, and coating Ė sticky on the lips. Yes, this works well. I like it. Much more appealing as it get to room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 í08 Bottle: This pours about as black as anything Iíve seen with a sizeable tan head. Big roasted malt nose with hints of dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and smoked malt subtleties. What a great transition this brew takes on, completely balanced flavors range initially from dark chocolate malts and some coffee and meld into a smoked malt beast. The smoke is so perfectly incorporated without being overbearing. This a phenomenal stout and will now be a staple. Anyone who hasnít tried this...seek it out!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2008
Taste of smokey, roasted potatoes. More cocoa than coffee, more roasted than burnt. Slightly thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Thanks to tronraner for this one. Goes into the glass as a very dark black brew with a small fleeting dark tan head. Sweet smoky malt aroma. Sweet syrupy texture with a smoky light bitterness in the flavor. Smooth, very drinkable. Re-rate 3/11/13 About the same!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1255) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
[Bottle] Pours black with a small dark tan head. Aroma has a decent amount of smoke when cold, but it is more subued as it warms. Compared to an AS beer this thing has almost no smokiness, but I like that it blends instead of overpowers. There is also a good deal of roasted malt and chocolate aroma in there. The taste is largely roasted malt and chocolate, with a little alcohol, and surprisingly little smoke. Medium mouthfeel with a long finish where finally a little smoke shows through to go along with a roastiness that borderlines on charred. A solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2008
I love smoked beers and this being a stout was even better,with hints of coffee and a nice smokey flavor with a thick and tastey head,it poured black and thick like an IPS but not overwhelming as one very good beer and enjoyable.CHEERS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1682) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Velvety, oil black pour produces a thick fudge milkshake of a head, which eventually settles to a thin, transparent glaze. These non-imperial Dark Horse stouts really achieve another level of blackness for what they are. Aroma is full of tangy, earthy peat smoke and acrid coffee grounds; the acidic, light roasted coffee character seems to give a fresh, lively zest of grapefruit and tangerine, which is odd given that the initial impression is all dirty, wet and oxidized. No shortage of dark chocolate and toffee malt underneath. Tastes very slick and somewhat watery; though very full in texture, most of the flavor qualities are delayed to mid palate and finish. That tepid first note is one of peppermint and buttery soft taffy, which gains volume and visibility in the muted, roasty middle, and sort of stumbles into dominance after a failed coup of smoky, rough edged campfire malt. Thinly smoky. So reserved. Confusing. Buttered toast, raspberry jam, nothingness. Palate is luxuriously soft and full; a rich pipe tobacco smoke in a slow coating. Itís hard to describe how out of snyc that quieted, meek flavor is with the rest of the experience, especially with this soft, visceral and firmly muscled mouthfeel of a bloody, cocoa dusted flank steak. Finish brings the rustic smoked meats and juicy, ballsy dark coffees without reservations, which gives a frustrating picture of what this beer might have been all the way through with a little more willingness to kick ass.

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