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RATINGS: 901   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2008
I was afraid this was going to remind me of cocktail weenies, but thankfully itís not entirely true to style. On tap@ Dark Horse 12/30/07. Poured a dark, dark brown with a tan head, releasing notes of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor reminds me of smoked chocolate, and not smoked meat which is why I finished this beer and enjoyed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle from Stine - thanks! Dark, blackish color wiht a nice looking tan head. Aroma has a nice mix of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and cream. Flavor is roasty, smoky and chocked full o dark chocolate. Nice body and a thick finish. Good - but not really a smoked. Just call it a good stout and be satisfied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
By the bottle that was purchased at the breery. Smoke a bit strong, but well mixed in with the dark malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2008
Big thanks to Tytoanderso for this bottle. Yep, thatís a smoked stout. Lots of layers of greasy smoky malt. Thereís a little bit of bittersweet cocoa underneath, but itís pretty much overpowered. Some raisin and cherry in there too. Seems to be a nice complex stout with a ton of smoke on top, which mutes some of the flavors underneath. On the flip side, the smoke fits in with the rest of the malt profile perfectly. It also builds an essentially perfect mouthfeel that is slick and smooth, but rich and dense. Really no hops or bitterness to speak of which doesnít lose it any points, but disappoints me slightly, as Iím on a pretty big hop kick at the moment. Iím slowly getting more and more into smoked beers, and this is a really nice one. Very well crafted. This is the kind of beer I wouldnít often think to buy a sixer of, but if I saw it on draft and was in the right mood, I would definitely order and enjoy the hell out of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2008
12 oz. bottle, no freshness/bottling date, sampled in a pint glass. I checked a couple of other beer websites today and they listed the ABV as 8%. The Dark Horse site lacked this info. L: Opaque blackish brown with a bubbly topped, creamy tan chocolate head the slowly dissipated into a thin sudsy layer. Like all the stouts Iíve tried in the Holiday Stout series, this has an appetizing, taste inducing appearance. S: Right off the bat, a nice aromatic aroma of smoked peat, whiskey-like, followed by dark chocolate cake with a trace of vanilla icing. In the background is a light char scent, the slightest of dark fruits smells and freshly grounded espresso beans. The alcohol is a barely noticeable mix of peat and fruity esters. F&T: The medium body, while pleasantly smooth, would benefit from more carbonation. The moderate carbonation gives this a skimpy creaminess, plus I feel that it holds back the malty chewiness and flavor. I would also like a bit more firmness in the mouthfeel too. The smoky peat malt is much more subtle in the taste than in aroma, becoming more charred tasting as you reach the end. In the middle milky chocolate and a mild fruitiness emerges, lending some sweet softness to the overall taste. Finishes on a burnt coffee note, like a coffee pot that has been on the burner for too long. A decent American stout, but my least favorite in the series, just not as bold tasting as the other offerings. Still, I would recommend that any dark stout fan give this a try just to compare it to the other stouts in the series from Dark Horse, a mid-Michigan brewery known for quality beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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 (4065) - 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!

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