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A smooth and sturdy stout, made with 10% rolled oats, roasted barley and chocolate malt. The name is referential to the founders of Thebes, warriors who sprang from the earth when the teeth of a slain dragon were sown by Cadmus. Bittered with Chinook; finished with Cascade and Columbus hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2103) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Meh. this is really harsh and acrid with burnt meat, ash, some stale coffee and a bit of a hop bite. Idk this is lost on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
16-Feb-14 (22-oz bottle)
This is a pretty old bottle, so hopefully Iíll get to try a fresh bottle some time, but this is still very tasty. It has a deep, dark chocolatey flavor with some mild coffee, a bit of cola, dark toast, damp earth, oatmeal, and roasted nuts. Malty sweetness is medium-light while the roasty bitterness is quite gentle, but has enough presence for suitable balance. Despite the age, itís medium in weight, medium in carbonation, very slightly acidic, and just dry enough for solid drinkability. The intriguing nose is mostly dark chocolate, some coffee, a hint of black olive, but thereís a significant earthiness from the aging that contributes a suggestion of shitake mushroom. In the glass, the beer is an opaque, dark brown color with some transparency near the edge, and the tan head pours to half an inch before settling to a thin ring. Overall, this is a pretty solid stout, especially considering itís several years old. Balanced, flavorful, and very enjoyable and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (1740) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured jet black with a foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate malt. Taste of rich toaster malts, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ipaluvr082 (31) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
This is a black beauty with a long fine pillowy caramel colored head. Heavy toasted malt hits the nose progressing to that characteristic burnt smell exhibited by a heavy stout. At first touch itís creamy with a fair carbonation, roasty malts with a smooth and bitter finish. This is a really nice Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Captn_Ken (5) - - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
If you like dark chocolate and coffee, youíll love this beer from Elysian. This oatmeal stout pours dark mocha-brown with a rich tan head. Has a smooth rich taste with chocolate and coffee tones (very Seattle), perfect for after meal beverage on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
two7offsuit (124) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is similar plus bitter coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bomber. Before I really knew anything about beer or places to take out-of-town guests who wanted beer, Iíd take people to Elysian Tangletown, based off of a trip there with kmweaver. Once I started drinking myself, this was my go to beer there. For some reason I havenít had this in years, but thanks to the style-ticking mission Iím on, I have an incentive to revisit it. Pours thick, dark with creamy mocha head, good retention and lacing. Aroma: bittersweet chocolate, loads of roast, graham cracker. more milk chocolate. Taste: chocolate, surprisingly dry -- some initial sweetness but a huge roasty, lasting bitter finish. Doesnít taste like 7.5%, but that can quickly get the better of you (one of the features I think I liked early on). Still, this is a bomber Iím happy to keep to myself. Palate: medium-full body, average carbonation, slick, slightly viscous texture. Overall: Initially I wondered what made this a "foreign stout" rather than an oatmeal imperial stout (which it says on the label), but that huge, dry, roasty taste and medium body gave me my answer. A very nice beer. Not a ton of flavors or complexity coming through, but thatís not a knock -- itís just a well-made, straightforward, nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grumbo (493) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog Bristol. Pours black in colour with a small tan head. Roasted malt coffee and chocolate aroma. Bitter coffee finish. Rich, slick texture. Soft carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (659) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2014
650ml bottle, pours black with a tan head. Aroma is malty with chocolate and a bit of caramel and coffee and hints of vanilla. There is a definite citrus hop texture adding an extra layer of flavour and a bit of tang. Not as rich and velvety as some strong stouts, but a well balanced rich beer with a complex flavour profile. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernesto987 (3372) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2014
tasted blind, man this kinda sucked. Disjointed and very sharp, you make a bad face when you take a big gulp of it.

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