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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JUN 1, 2006
Pours a dark caramel with no head. Smells of burnt coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes similar with lots of funky paper, fruit esters, and vegetables. Mouthfeel is way too thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1395) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Up front this has a pretty sweet coffee and chocolate aroma. Pull the glass back and there’s a lot of alcohol. Dark brown/black color with no head. This has the thinnest body of any big stout I’ve ever had. Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee and a little alcohol. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2006
initially the aroma rocked, but then it was more and more alcoholic. pretty imp stoutish at first. taste comes on strong with alcohol but has no real depth. kinda a lasting tackiness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle: Pours black, dark brown edges, thin brownish head, dies quickly, spotty lacing.   Soft lactose sweetness on the nose, subtle roasted malts, a touch of charred wood or campfire.   Very soft roasted malt tongue, slightly dry, minor bitterness, with an even softer lactose sweetness.   Fairly light, and not as sweet as others.   Definitely clean, but perhaps a bit more bitter and less sweet than what I am use to.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, almost nearing the thin side in fact.   Decent, if a bit light.   Needs to be turned up a notch.   Very middle of the road in my opinion.   Thanks jtw for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Dark but could be darker, heavy but could be heavier. Sweet with roasty bitterness and watery-coffee flavor underneath it all, a coffee flavor that could be stronger. Never thought I’d say this about a beer, but it needs more of what’s already in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Thanks to the DS crew for sharing this. Pours a dark brown, small dark tan head. Small dots of lace. Aroma is creamy and sweet, easy to smell and alluring, light coffee, chocolate, nips caramel candy (the coffee kind) Flavor is sweet chocolate oats, smooth easy to drink with an oily mouthfeel, and bitter finish. Tasty Stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of lactose, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and some nuts. Tastes of roast, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, and some nuts. Alcohol content well hidden (just a slight alcohol warming on the end). Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle. Another monster stout from these guys. Pours black with a brown head that fades quickly into a film. Burnt chocolate and heavy roasts dominate the nose along with hints of dark fruit. Charcoal, heavy roasts, slight alcohol all intermingle throughout the taste. Finishes with a good lingering bitterness. Now I am going to have to start driving 3 hours to stock up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2006
This is a dangerous brew, smooth and easy to drink. A black body under any light with a slender brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark brown sugar, and dried fruits demands a large swig, but roll it in the mouth and enjoy the creamy feel before doing so. Added to the the mix in the taste are vanilla, bitter nuts, white peppers, and alcohol. A very satisfying drink.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Oily ebony pour with a deep tan head. Very silky mouthfeel, that insinuates itself around the palate nicely. Chocolate/vanilla/molasses/brown sugar/and dates all rolling around in no particular order. Nice hop bite in the lingering peppery alcoholic finish. Excellent.

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