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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle from Ughsmash (thanks!) - oily, black bodied pour, with a short-lived brown head - moderately sweet aroma, with notes of cream/milk, espresso, loads of grain - very grainy throughout the flavor - creamy sweetness tempered by a heavy roasted malt presence, complimented by bitterness coming late - medium-bodied and quite well-balanced - the alcohol is hidden well, but starts to become apparent in the finish - the mouthfeel isnít as creamy as I would like, but this is rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Inky black pour with a substantial light brown head. Sweetish cream aroma with some roasty in the background. Oh wow! Rich and creamy, silky with lots of velvet - they have not skimped on the oats here. Nice amount of roasted flavor, not too sweet, with a fine bitterness intact. This is a great stout! Thanks Brad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottled, most recent batch. Poured deep brown with a short beige head that fizzled down quickly. The aroma picked up heavy roasted oatmeal with milk chocolate... very enticing and proved an excellent choice for dessert.
The flavor found about the same elements, with well-roasted milk chocolate, a hint of espresso, and a bunch of oats... fairly grainy throughout on the palate, where I expected it to be smoother... did a ridiculously good job of hiding its alcohol... enjoyed the dry roasted chocolate that carried through the finish. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Poured a clear very dark brown with a golden rim but no head. A brown film was left on the glass with each swirl. The aroma was very roasty with a fair amount of smoke and some chocolate notes. Light phenols. the flavor was on the short side. Malty to start then just leaving a long roasted bitterness. Light to medium body and a light creaminess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - 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 (6773) - 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 canít 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.

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