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RATINGS: 726   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 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 (2715) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5303) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
12 oz bottle, via moejuck. Pours an oily black colored body under a very minimal dark brown head that vanished to a thin ring quickly. Aroma is very roasty with lots of coffee, chocolate, and an oatmeal undertone. Flavor hits you with roasted and burnt malts out of the gate, then fades to a licorice and coffee laced finish. Lightly bitter hops on the finish also. The body is quite thick and the oatmeal adds a nice creamy texture. Moderate lightly fizzy carbonation level. These guys just can’t go wrong with a dark beer. Very well rounded with an aggressive flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1692) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle thanks to Sliffy. Poured a thick black almost oil like body with big head settling to a nice foamy ring. Aroma is overpowered by the oatmeal but with a chocolate touch. Flavor is bittersweet. Malty with a sweet backbone. Slightly dry. Milk chocolate is present making it a pretty smooth stout. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2007
this beer looks great. it pours thick black with a great dark brown head that slowly disappears to leave a great black hole looking beer with dark brown highlights from the remnants of the head. nice soft sweet milk chocolate mocha aroma. flavor sweet chocolate with acidic coffee notes. bitter dry slightly acidic coffee finish. medium body. thick silky smooth mouth feel. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Black pour with a small brown head. Smells of dark chocolate malts, roasted oats and a hint of coffee. Strong chocolate flavor with bitter coffee, a hint of brown sugar and toasted malts lingering for quite a while on the palate. Medium-full oily body.

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