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Number one in a series of five stouts produced for the fall and winter seasons. This beer is full bodied with hints of chocolate, roasted barley, coffee flavors and a nice creamy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2694) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
12oz bottle, no date. Pours motor oil black with a minimal tan head, though after agitating it does come up nicely for a bit. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, some oatmeal, a bit of paper oxidation, and char. Flavor has the addition of some piney hops and dried raisins. There is a bit of char again in the finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. Full body with soft carbonation--smooth! Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown - almost black - briefly capped by a thin brown head. A ring of foam remains, providing nice lace. Full rich aroma of roasted malt, burnt raisin, and a hint of cigar wrapper. Good roasted malt flavor, sweet and also tangy, accompanied by plenty of bitter chocolate. Lots of oily coffee in the finish, a bit of an ashy aftertaste. Nearly full bodied, smooth carbonation. A nice sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6680) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
From trade with Artusory. This is a very dark brown ale that pours with a thin tan head and a strong chocolate aroma. I can’t really taste the oatmeal, since the chocolate and coffee flavors are overwhelming. The finish is slightly harsh and bitter but, overall, this is a pretty good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Not as much creamy oat taste as I had hoped. More acidic and oily than most stouts. It has an inconsistency and unevenness that is hard to explain. None of the vinousness that most great stout have. A bit more enjoyable than the dark horse cream stout I tried recently.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Anticipated, but got little expected chocolate malt in the nose. Pours truly black with rich tan small frothy head. Disappears quickly. Full chocolate malted taste with a slight bitter ending. Very little frothyness on the tongue, but the right amount of syrupyness to reinforce its full flavor. Nice warm mouth feel. This beer disappears quickly without a bite at the bottom of the glass. Nice pile of dead yeasties at the bottom of the glass testifies that this beer is unfiltered. This is a fine satisfying stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
browner (41) - Delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Dark black pour creamier foam head. Almost a shot of espresso with barley and vanilla and licorice injected. Very rich and a quick bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Poured a dark brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma was of dark malt with a touch of sweet. The flavor was malty, with a little chocolate and coffee thrown in. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle: Black pour with a tiny tan head. Aroma, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor, oats, chocolate, a roasty bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth and sweet. Pretty solid brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Pours black, not much head. Nothing special. Not much oatmeal taste, not much aroma. Average, except for alcohol content.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29629) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
A pitch black beer with a slight brown shine underneath a dying brown head. The aroma is very lightly roasted. The flavor is sweet and very roasted malty combined with notes of oatmeal, and lighter notes of citrus, but also with a light acidity. Not that powerful a flavor - but good.

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