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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 24, 2006
Quiet dark, almost black, minimal head. Grainy, light acidic aroma, mild roast. Nothing special. Medium bodied, dry roasted character with shallow end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11661) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Red-black body with minimal brown head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some roast, light cherry, earthy/grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, grapefruit, some roast, earthy. Creamy medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle. Deep black with a small mocha ring of head. The aroma is pleasing to say the least - rich roastiness consisting of chocolate and toffee. The flavour has roasty bitterness, chocolate, toffee wafers, and as a result is quite tasty. Creamy mouthfeel and the alcohol is well masked. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
Coffee, chocolate and port aromas, black, small cappuccino head. Rich coffee and dark chocolate taste, bitter top to bottom. Terrific! Thanks mds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Thanks to artusory. Deep brown body with light, swirling carbonation and an oily tan head. Aroma of deep-roasted marshmallow, dark chocolate, plums, and some noticeable alcohol. Sweet malt and oats initially, followed by substantial roast and hop bitterness. Nice, thick, complex sugars on the palate. A solid oatmeal stout overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JUN 1, 2006
Pours a dark caramel with no head. Smells of burnt coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes similar with lots of funky paper, fruit esters, and vegetables. Mouthfeel is way too thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Up front this has a pretty sweet coffee and chocolate aroma. Pull the glass back and there’s a lot of alcohol. Dark brown/black color with no head. This has the thinnest body of any big stout I’ve ever had. Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee and a little alcohol. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2006
initially the aroma rocked, but then it was more and more alcoholic. pretty imp stoutish at first. taste comes on strong with alcohol but has no real depth. kinda a lasting tackiness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle: Pours black, dark brown edges, thin brownish head, dies quickly, spotty lacing.   Soft lactose sweetness on the nose, subtle roasted malts, a touch of charred wood or campfire.   Very soft roasted malt tongue, slightly dry, minor bitterness, with an even softer lactose sweetness.   Fairly light, and not as sweet as others.   Definitely clean, but perhaps a bit more bitter and less sweet than what I am use to.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, almost nearing the thin side in fact.   Decent, if a bit light.   Needs to be turned up a notch.   Very middle of the road in my opinion.   Thanks jtw for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Dark but could be darker, heavy but could be heavier. Sweet with roasty bitterness and watery-coffee flavor underneath it all, a coffee flavor that could be stronger. Never thought I’d say this about a beer, but it needs more of what’s already in it.

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