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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2005
from the bottle. the last of the 3 stouts that I bought and this one did not disappoint me. poured black with a brown head with some lacing. flavor sweet, malts, chocolate, coffee. flavor the chocolate and malts where right on for me got some dark fruits and berries. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick, brown head with some lacing. Itís sweet, malty and roasty with a nice chocolate and coffee note. Very nice. A slight hoppiness underlays the dominent flavors. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with SuIIy - Thanks Mike! - Pours very black with a nice creamy mocha head that stays for a bit and laces down the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, rich milk chocolate, a bit of plum. Flavor is roasted malts, some of that chocolate but more of dark chocolate, some coffee as well. Nice bitter hop finish. Palate is smooth creamy and full bodied. Very pleasant mouthfeel. This is a very nice stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 another excellent stout from dark horse...black body with minimal reddish brown head...aroma of roasted malts, heavy in chocolate and cocoa...taste is heavy in dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, some faint hops...nice and creamy palate...simply one of the best oatmeal stouts out there...darker than hell!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Head is VERY fizzy and has a redish hue to it. nose is big roast, oats, chocolate. Taste is big chocolate malt, some ligh thopps and a big bitter finish. A nice roast is also present and it almost seems to choke you due to the filmy coating on around your mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Roasty, coffee-like, chocolate, sweet aroma hides notes of berries. Opaque black body is topped by low, off-white head that recedes to ring. Roasted malts, berries and herbal hops play off each other nicely in the flavour with fair finishing, roasty bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation that fills the mouth. Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2005
12 oz bottle. Rick black with a tan head. Aroma is rich and full of cocoa, oats, coffee and chocolate. The body is very rich and smooth with a nice, dry finish. Another fin beer by Dark Horse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 Bottle from Eyedrinkale shared on 8/5/05. Pours a dark blackish-brown with an initially large tan-coffee colored head that quickly dissipates to just a smattering of bubbles on top and at the edges. Really heavily sedimented beer with plenty left in the bottle. Aroma smells of dry roast, black coffee, vinousness and some sweet toffee, but not much of it. Dark, bitter cocoa beans and a earthy, ashy sort of aspect too. Flavor didnít work out on this bottle, not sure why, I know it was cellared properly. But regardless, it was thin, wet and at the same time ashy and astringent. Like an old pot of black coffee. Grapey, muddy, loose, watery, astringent, charred. Not many nice things to say about this one. Seemed like an older bottle, no green hops flavor. Maybe this batch just didnt age well. Oh well, no big deal, Iíll try a fresh one soon, and redo it.

Still dont know how old the bottle, but the head retention is still poor.
Muted aroma of cherries, chocolate and vanilla. Nothing particular. But the flavor is full of roasted malts and lovely chocolatey notes. A slight nutty/bready edge but itís overcome by some phenolic and char character. Hmm, actually, thatís not such a good thing. Texture is perfect as always from DH, but the grain bill just seems weird. Iíll up it a few points, I guess, itís still pretty drinkable, just too many phenols and not enough residual sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Sampled draught at the Michigan Brewers Fest. Totally black and thick with a thin ring of very dark head...beautiful milk-chocolaty nose, very much like a candy bar, with light hints of fruit (perhaps blueberries or raspberries) and smokiness...body is milky-sweet at the front, coffee roastiness comes in later to disturb and challenge the sugars, hints of fruit abound and the mouthfeel makes for eminient drinkability. These guys are great, I wish they hadnít sold out of everything else!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Almost black, ring of dark beige head. Excellent smoky and highlky roasted nose. Complex coffeeish graininess unifies the malts with the greenish hops that guard over any excessive sweetness. Campfire is the first word that comes to mind when sipping. Great balance of cigary roastiness, dark berries, greenish hops and lasting bitterness. Iíd only prefer if this slight tart bite would not show uip. Medium body, very comfortable carbonation. Another great stout from Dark Horse.

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