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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
Thanks to sliffy for this one. Onyx pour with 1-finger tan head and a lot of floaties. Roasty chocolate malt aroma, plus some molasses, chocoff, and nuts. Tastes roasty chocolate malty, with molasses, chocoff, slight dark fruit as it warms, and a rich, dense, complex palate. Stays somewhat dry. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle from Silphium. Pours a thick jet black color with a small mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. These carry into the flavor with some dark chocolate notes. Somewhat sweet at the start, followed up by some nice bitterness. Nicely balanced. smooth and creamy. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2007
Thanks to Duane for the bottle. The body is perfectly black and thick with a ring of orangeish brown head. The aroma has lots of raisins and chocolate. There is also a little bit of pancakes and coffee. The taste has some strong coffee and milk chocolate notes. There is a nice smooth hint of roasted peanuts. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. Another great winner from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2007
Black as coal with a deep brown head. Tiny bubbles. Mediciney nose. Creamy roasted flavor of day old wet campfire, burned bacon. Oily. Opens sweet, but deeply bitter overall, bitterness from strogly roasted malt, not from hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lewis13 (49) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2007
bottle...jet black pour with huge tan head intial taste is delicious burnt roastiness followed by a slighty sweet aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2742) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 1, 2007
12 oz bottle courtesy of MI2CA, thanks Ted. I really enjoy the DH stouts and this one pours just like the rest with the backest of black bodies and a small brown head that turns into a hairline thin lacing. Aroma is light oatmeal sweetness and some charred roastiness. The flavor is where the beer really takes off. Starts off with an oily sweetness that comes in a roastiness and finishes with a beautiful strong bitterness to offset it all. Leaves a lasting lightly roasted coffee bitter aftertaste. A slightly below average carbonation to exentuate the medium bodied beer to create a nicely hefty feel on the cheeks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours black with a tan colored head. Aroma is floral hops, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts, vanilla, oatmeal, coffee, hints of peat. Palate is full bodied, mildly carbonated, creamy, finishes on the bitter side. Very solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Somewhat receding, creamy dark brown head, light tan colored lacing. Body is a thin looking very dark brown. Aroma is redolent with unexpected hoppiness, half grassy and half citric. Roastiness is plentiful. Scents of coffee, light chocolate and vanilla. Not much else. Flavor is so soft! roasty up front, simple, drawn out. Very creamy in mid-mouthfeel. Light hops now, followed closely by smoke, coffee, woodiness nearing the end of the sip. Finishes balanced and refined, a great recipe. Palate is somewhat creamy, moderately bitter. I absolutely adore the finish of this beer, so complex for brief moments, just marvelous!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Pours thick and black with a gorgeous, tight mocha head. Heavy coffee malt dominates the nose, which also notes dark chocolate and sweet cream. The heaviness continues in the body, weighted by the oats. Again, the heavily roasted malts throw lots of coffee and dark chocolate notes, leaving little room for subtlety. Nice, albeit a bit one dimensional for such a big beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2007
A solid beer. Nice oatmeal stout. Very smooth and easy to drink. Nothing out of the ordinary for a good stout. Plenty of chocolate and coffee aspects with a hint of oats. Light, bitter finish. Nice stuff, but nothing that will knock your socks off. Would be a good session stout, if not for the 8% which is barely detectable. Solid.

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