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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Nice dark creamy pour with little dark head. Tastes sweet, just like the type says. A little off coffee taste in it. Nice refreshing taste for a stout. Not overly heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
12 oz bottle. Dark ebony with a coaxed, but pretty, creamy tan head with spots of espresso. Standard nose of coffee, chocolate and musty Concord. Begins with a very pronounced bitter mocha bite paired with a sharp carb tang. Body almost medium. Dry, a bit oily, with hints of walnuts, Baker’s chocolate and celery leaf as it fades.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2007
12oz bottle from a long time ago, whoever sent it, thanks. Shared with Joshy Shipper. Pours black with a thin half finger light brown head. The nose is robust, malty, with chocolate and coffee as well, doesn’t smell exactly like a sweet stout persay but its appealing. Taste is sweet and coffee like. A little one dimensional. Pretty good overall but a little lacking, not as good as tres by any means.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. This looks and smells so good I’m having a hard time getting my thoughts typed before diving in. Aromas are roasted malt, chocolate, a little bit of peat and mustiness, and just a touch of strong black coffee. Body is dark and thick looking and the head has all but died down by now. As I go back and take another sniff, I notice a charcoal and bourbon presence there. My first thoughts are that it has a little thinner mouthfeel than I expected and the flavor comes off as much more burnt and charcoaly than anticipated, too. I like that, but I would have guessed more oatmeal and chocolate tones would be the central stage show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 2, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>EithCubes, thanks Mike!) Roasty and smooth...Pours black and thick with one finger of brown head that recedes to a thin layer. Aroma is straightforward coffee roast and dark chocolate with a touch of molasses. Mouthfeel very smooth and quite full. Light sloppy rings of lacing. Flavor is rich coffee and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Yum. Light-medium bitter in finish (and virtually no grassiness!). Do these guys make a bad beer?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate, toasted marshmallow, oatmeal, honey, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and light citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12049) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours black with spare, rocky, light brown head, diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, roasted), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune and tar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness. Thanks to Duane for providing this beer via trade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle. Poured deep brown with an ample brown head. Roasted malt aroma with some oatmeal and chocolate. Sweet malty flavor, with oats, cocoa, coffee and some hops towards the end. Very rich and smooth bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/13/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

opaque brown, rich chocolate aroma with light roasted, rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate and roasted, light bitterness, a bit too dry,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle into stem glass. Purchased at Discount Liquor, Milwaukee. Opaque black in the glass. A winey film covers the side instead of lacing. Smell: some oatmeal mustiness and a slight acidity reminiscent of bourbon, plus unmasked alcohol. Acidic in the mouth. Chocolate flavor is thin in the middle, but lingers a long time. The middle is mostly grainy and musty. Finish is acidic and chemically dry, with nice oats and a hard sweetness late. Moderately roasty.

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