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RATINGS: 766   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3367) - 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, doesnít 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 (2677) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. This looks and smells so good Iím 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 (12594) - 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 (11837) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Bottle. Heavy nose of roasted malt, oatmeal, toasted marshmallow. Some alcohol and a whiff of smoke. Pours like motor oil. Jet black with a rich, reddish amber head. Flavor was lots of dry roasted malt. Some nice hop bitterness on the back end. A hint of vanilla and coffee. Fairly full bodied and creamy on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Thanks to someone (Immy perhaps?) for sending me this bottle. Itís a nice stout for sure. It had a few things that could either be better or more pronounced, but the sum of the beer was clearly above average. The beer pours out of the bottle in a thick streak of ooey black goodness. It hits the glass and immediate creates a light chocolately brown head with tiny bubbles being the base for some big foamy bubbles. The head disappates rather quickly unfortunately and whatís left is a black coffee looking brew with no semblance of a head. My sniffer picks up anise immediately. Sweet, roasted, wet malts are next. Some obvious coffee notes too. But underlying all of it is this odd irony, metallic character that is really unpleasant. It kinda reminds me of drinking a stout from a can character. Mouthfeel is smooth with a hotness brought on by the alcohol content, but as it warms up that disappears a bit. Flavor isnít horrible. Perhaps a step-up from average. Strong with coffee with a shot of alcohol clearly present. Some vinous notes started creeping in as it really got to room temp. Subtle chocolate notes that I wish were more prevelent were also popping up. Iíd like to have my sweet stouts a bit sweeter than this as this was a bit dry I thought. Overall not bad. Not sure if I could (or would) drink more than a pint of this. It could have been more smooth, less alcoholic, a bit sweeter with more complexity. Overall, a nice beer.

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