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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Trade from queenholly. Pours a dark brown with thick cream head...Smells or roasted oats and malts with hints of chocolate...very smooth beer taste of amazing roast, and did i mention smooth....great stout hope they get it to nd retail soon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1707) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Dark black. Super thin head. Nice safe stout. Dry. Chocolate at the end. Tasted at Elijah Ps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (730) - BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2016
Pitch black but no head. Chocolate, porter like bitterness. Roasted malts flavour. Dry sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1823) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2016
Pretty good brew, not sure where the head is but OK. Coffee and chocolate, a bit simple, but that doesn’t mean bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2256) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 14, 2016
33cl bottle from saveur-biere.com. Dark color. Thin brown head. Low to medium sweetness. Low bitterness. Aroma is nutty, chocolate, milky. So good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Serapac (295) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle. Black, small brown head. Intense aroma, espresso, chocolate, hints of black peper. Full body, low carbonation. Taste mainly chocolate porridge, bitter-sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (8341) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, meaty, coffee, taste is rich, chocolate, oatmeal, sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
szymonskc (255) - Skórcz, POLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Zapach średnio intensywny, gorzka czekolada, kawa, aromaty palone. Barwa ciemnobrunatna, nieprzejrzyste. Piana obfita, średniopęcherzykowa, szybko opadająca, ładnie zdobi szkło. W smaku wytrawne, ciemne słody, kakao, gorzka czekolada, paloność. Wszystko to dosyć intensywne, goryczka średnia, popiołowa. Wysycenie średnie, piwo bardzo fajne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (357) - POLAND - DEC 12, 2015
Sensoric. Bottle. Pitch black with medium, light brown head. Poor head retention, medicore lacing. Medium roasted malts aroma - milk chocolate, coffee. Crackery, charcoal and earthy notes. Taste is semi-dry with ligh bitter notes. Finish is dry, roasted and ashy. In genral good, solid stout with every feature that this style should have.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (98) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2015 A fine oatmeal stout. Not bitter. Great color, pour and aroma. Couldn’t ask for much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3875) - BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle from Malt Attacks, reading 7% ABV instead of 8% but I assume this is still the same beer. Dense and creamy, regularly shaped, medium thick, deep tan head over a jet black beer. Pleasant aroma of black bitter chocolate, coffee with cream, ’haemoglobin’ iron, black tea, dry liquorice, cloves, toasted brown bread, dried juniper berries, some smoked meat, nettles, espresso beans, pipe tobacco ashes, tar. Creamy onset with sharply but ’finely’ stinging carbonation, some candied fruit sweetness but only very subtly so, surrounded by salty (salmiak), sourish (brambleberry) and umami (black olive) accents; full, creamy and oily body consisting of a thick layer of nutty and roasted grains with a certain kind of deep, dull grainy sourishness to it (I guess this is the oats), becoming more and more roasted bitter in the end with a coffeeish aromatic quality to it but only mildly so, eventually a bit charcoal-like as well; finishes in a lot of roasted bitterness along with peppery hops which blend in nicely, a faint hint of warming alcohol but nothing too obvious, and a remaining sensation of thick, bittersweet malts. I like stout in all its substyles and these guys are clearly good at it: though not too outspoken in terms of character and personality, this one is more than decent, powerful roasted bitterness truly shines here, mouthfeel and looks are exactly what you’d expect from a 7% stout and there are no flaws whatsoever. It would be unfair to compare this with their imperial stout (the popular Plead the 5th), but in its particular stout substyle, this shows the same technical perfection.

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