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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Bottle thanks to Silphium. Very dark pour with a decent head. Large particals floating around in there. Sweet aromas with chocolate and coffee. Remained sweet on the tounge without too much bittering on the finish. Pretty good indeed. Thanks for another good one Brad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown body under a thin tan head. Viscous body that leaves a thin brown sheen. Rasin/plum tartness over dark chocolate, coffee roast and tree sap aroma. Lots of bright fruit (green apple) over milk chocolate and coffee bean in the flavor. Acidic roast and green apple in the finish. Id like this more if it had a sweeter lactose thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Nice dark pour... somewhat of a creamy dark tan head, but it goes away fast in the snifter. Nice staining on the glass. Smooth and creamy leathery roasted oatmeal malt aroma. Mmm... very nice creamy coffee and chocolate combination with some woody vanilla. Good stuff... Im curious about what went into this beer... obviously some roasted malt and oatmeal... any coffee or chocolate? Id like to think it is "natural", but who knows... either way it is very nice and delicious... certainly up there with the Breakfast Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Dark black pour w/ a thick brown nice looking head and some ok lacing. Aroma is burn malts, semisweet chocolate, more roasted malts hints of a coffee and touches of vanilla. Palate is thick and rich nicely creamy. Flavor is mellow and lightly chocolaty not overly sweet some very light dry hop in the finish hints of coccoa and vanilla. A pretty dang good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Aroma is burnt and toasty malts with hints of chocolate. Pours deep black with a diminishing dark brown/mocha head. Fore is sweet cocoa/chocolate/coffee with hints of vanilla and a nice smoothness from the oatmeal. Hints of dark fruits and a kick of hops in the finish. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Pour is black with with a nice dense dark brown head...smell is smell is sweet and toasty with chocolate and coffee...taste is sweet with cocoa and alcohol and a hint of coffee in the finish along with a sweet alcoholic note...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours black with a thin, fading, tan head. The aroma is smoke, chocolate, molases and plums. The flavor is burnt, smoke, raisins, molases and chocolate. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Aroma of black patent malt with a roasted coffee and some chocolate notes. Dark, dark brown with some light showing through right at the edges. Roasty, dry flavor with lots of oatmeal and some chocolate that is very nice. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Thanks to Silphium for sharing this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Big thick pour, opaque and black in color with some cascading dark tan lace. Bless this brewery. Blackened oats, singed with love, elevate the aroma while burr grinded French roast coffee dust is sprinkled sporadically for extra character and complexity. Rich bitter grinds strike heavy and fast for the flavor composite. Hints of licorice flitter about, joining a waxy, ensconcing palate that bites off more than it should chew, and Ive got no problem taking down its regurgitation. Black malts and far reaching bitterness celebrate the multi-dimensional intrigue of the tongue. Loving it as always. Thanks so much for bringing this along, Silphium!

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