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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (1718) - 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 (29) - 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 (122) - 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 (676) - 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 (650) - 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 (3358) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4124) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Coworker brought in a bottle, split amongst a bunch of us. Poured a very dark brown color, tan head. Aroma was light smoke/roast, with some caramel and malt. Flavor is bitter, roasted malts, some bitter chocolate. Oatmeal in here. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1418) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and oats with a great pine and grapefruit hop finish.

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