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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a very dark black, chalky obsidian color with a thick layer of foamy bubbled tan head. Well sustaining head that collapses onto itself to form a milky cream topping. Lovely aroma that’s brimming with coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of anise, and a hint of freshly chopped mint leaves. Great balance of the roasty character with the minty hops, and as a bonus, the malt character is roasty and intriguing in other dark dimensions. I love the balance between the hops, chocolate, and coffee; it’s what I would expect an andes mint melted in sumatran roast coffee would smell like. Light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I’d like, and the flavors start out a bit slow, but they really take off on the back end. The start of the palate brings out some weaker flavors of simple toast, but then transitions to an intense, long lasting flavor parade that brings out all of the great aroma traits. The roastiness of the malt transitions into some smooth chocolate roast coffee, turns a bit spicy with the anise and licorice tones, and then finishes with some pleasant mint, all of the flavors lasting while the next phase builds on top of the former. Great beer, but would be even better if it had a bit more body to create a silkier mouthfeel and get some of those flavors dancing in the carbonation to settle down on the tongue more quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours a dark dark dark brown with no head. This only makes it look darker, which in the world of stouts, makes me think a beer to be more attractive. Maybe the bottle is old? Doesn’t smell old. Mocha, coffee, chocolate, and everything in between. Really reminds me of a slightly fainter Founder’s Breakfast Stout. Creamy, with a little fig, and only a hint of roast and floral hops. Dense and viscous in the mouth with surprising levels of carbonation given the complete lack of head. Again, tastes a lot like Founders Breakfast Stout, though much cleaner in terms of diacetyl, though there’s still some in there,but rightfully so. Big sweet mocha maltiness. Creamy, with a little hint of alcohol. Chocolate, coffee, and some dates give way to a bit of balancing acidity. Alcohol, roast, and a bit of astringency linger. The aftertaste is mostly charcoally roast. A rather nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Big thanks to brewblackhole for forwarding this one. Aroma reminds me of cocoa and some purple fruits. Very smooth and creamy. Taste is of chocolate again. The finish is slightly roasted malty. Sweetness stays with you with a coffee/chocolate residue. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle drunk on 4/21. Black with no head. Great mixture of dark roasted malts and oatmeal in the aroma. SMOOOTH and CREAMY body and taste. Some sweetness also. Sludge at the botton of glass. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color. Slid out of the bottle like a thick motor oil. Head was thick and tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of subdued dark chocolate. There was slight sweetness up front which was tempered by a roasty malt bitterness that lingered. The dominant flavors were coffee and roasted malt. Even though it wasn’t aged in oak (as far as I know), there was an oaky note at the end. Solid stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle sampled on 2/13/07 thanks to Silphium: Pours a mostly opaque dark brownish black with a thin ring of tan head. Slightly caramely sweet dark malty aroma has some smoky notes and roasted coffee beans. First sip is of lightly sweet and earthy dark malts with a touch of lingering dark chocolate and bitter roasted malt toward the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2007 12 oz bottle VIA sliffy at Mystery Swap 2.0 (thanks man!). SHe is black black black in the black stout cliche with a nonexistsantential brown head...ie-she has no head! She smells like an espresso and scotch. And tastes like it too with a nice chocolate finish. Body is medium, carbonation is..what carbonation?! ok, so i will nitro this bitch,,,,ummmm she takes it quite well...the tiny cascading bubbles compliment her in the most wondrous of ways./.. and she is silky then creamy then silky smooth, tasty smooth. Alas though she is far from prefect, as i had to mould her in such a silky image that she was not quite created in....Her body is originally only just ok, as was her taste. With my Nitro, she is a 5....but on her own she is only what she is...which is...nice....but far from what i want....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2007
Bottle picked up by my pops on his recent trip to MI. Thanks Dad! Pour was black with a tan head. Not so great head retention. Roasty, sweet oats, dark chocolate. Dry, and slightly acidic mouthfeel. A little bit of coffee in the finish (just how I like it). Mocha in a beer form. DH continues to impress. High Five!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2007
12oz - Aroma is rich roasted malts, cream, oatmeal and chocolate. Pours black with a small brown head and good lacing. Flavor is a match to aroma with roastiness all around. Palate is creamy and dry. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
Bottle. Typical oatmeal stout aroma with significantly more chocolate than usual. Light flowery hops under a nice thick roast and some chewy, earthy toffee. Opaque black pour with a light brown head. Strong roast taste with light acidity/sourness. Slight sweetness from the oatmeal, and very faint berry. Light tang on the very dry aftertaste, lingering roast and toast. Body on the medium-side of full. Lots of malt, swirling and thick with some ashy notes. Very dry and smooth, with some coffee, nice! Delicious! Love this DH stout series - they’ll probably all be tuned up to 4’s on a re-rate.

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