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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (882) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours an opaque black with a large rocky tan head. Rich roasted malt nose with notes of dark roast coffee and light charred wood. Smooth roasted malt flavor has hints of cocoa, smoked almonds and resiny hops. Smooth and creamy with a wonderful balance of complex malt and hops. A nice mix of sweet and dry stout styles. The richness and smoothness of this stout is undoubtably enhanced by the rolled oats. I put this right up there with Ale Smith’s Speedway Stout as one of America’s best. A must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (325) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Poured into English pint glass a dark cola brown with moca head that lasted and plenty of lace. Aroma was dark chocolate, licorice, char and a touch of hoppyness. Taste was licorice getting stronger late in sip with a char background and finish. Heavy roasted malts lingering long. Earthy and thick, like used motor oil. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ngejo (477) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - OCT 10, 2014
Tap. Black, clear, frothy, tan foam, very bitter, light sweetness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1887) - - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola colored with a thin khaki head. Aroma is oat, chocolate and char. Taste follows and adds some citrusy and bitter hops. Medium velvety mouthfeel and light carb. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"big surprise here...although it was so filling, I could barely finish my pint! This was quite possibly their best, and the place was great, so that’s high praise. when i got this thick black liquid, one whiff, and i wanted to get my fork. 7%, really?! i really thought i’d need to chew it. Big roasted coffee aroma, with roasted grain and chocolate too. huge taste as well, with a massive thick and smooth body, and lingering finish. impressive beer."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Black anise aroma that permiated throught he aroma. Very pleaseant. This brew was black and coffe flavor along with a very slight sambuca flavor floating around that I really love. This beer was complex and real enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (325) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle (12 oz $5.50): black with small tan head. Pretty average stout. Burnt chocolate flavors. Little bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12286) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
On tap @ Elysian Capitol Hill. Black pour with a tan head. A lot of roasted malt and some ash. A bit of licorice and roasted nuts. Slightly floral, leafy hop aromas. Flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malt up front. A decent licorice candy and a bit of ashy bitterness. Some roasted nuts. Hints of cocoa powder. As with the nose, a nice leafy hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
N3lson1 (352) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Drank from a pint glass.Black in color with a dark brown head. Aromas of chocolate, malts,and hops.Very little carbonation, nice silky feel on the tounge. Initial taste of chocolate, then hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1874) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Opaque brown pour with a foamy tan ring. Equal parts chocolate, coffee, liquorice and smoke. Fairly earthy. Tobacco. Truffles. Burnt chocolate. Medium body with a silky sweet finish. There is a nice spicy brightness here that not present in most stouts but ultimately things fall flat for me in comparing it to the so many better stouts this beer is trying to be.

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