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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11303) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle. [thank you after4ever]
Pours an oily dark mahogany with a small brown head that quickly diminishes into a thin film. Aroma has loads of chocolate, but with other tones apparent as well. A little mint, some vanilla, slight coffee, yeast. The flavour begins with a malty chocolate sweetness, then a more powerful dose of coffee and spices (and yeast) comes through. Long, lingering chocolate aftertaste. Great brew! Thank you for this surprise, Tom!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2007
22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery April 2007; Sampled July 2007
When summoned forth vigorously the head forms a cascading, dense, initially four-finger thick, rich chocolate brown colored froth. The beer is almost pitch black in color, the stream of beer as I poured showed a brilliantly clear, dark chocolate color. The malt character is rich and dark with notes of chocolate liquor; thick, creamy, sweetened espresso; rum soaked, burnt raisins; blackened, caramelized figs.

Dense and creamy feeling, the carbonation is quite light (I guess my pour forced most of the carbonation out of solution, though this beer is fairly dense and that has a lot to do with it too). Notes of chocolate, bitter-black-coffee, a roast acidity and a finish full of burnt fruit notes are what I first notice about the taste. This beer, while fairly thick and rich, is not overly sweet, there seems to be lots of residual malt sugars left here, it is just that the dark malt / grain character really serves as a foil and cuts down the perceived sweetness quite a bit. The finish is a mix of burnt figs and a lingeringly bitter note that is a mix of hop character and the roasted grains, though it seems to be predominantly from the latter. The alcohol is noticeable at times, but somehow mixes with the fruit character and contributes something like a brandy-like note; though you have to imagine that through all the roast character).

I have had this beer a few times over the years & it is always an enjoyable tipple, I seem to enjoy it best when sampled fresh from the brewery (despite this being a strong beer). It does hold up well in the bottle, but seems a touch to bitter and acidic from the roast malt (though only just a bit). As the beer warms up and breathes a bit, it does smooth out some; it becomes more creamy, with the chocolate & smooth coffee notes becoming more pronounced. A rich, dark, spiciness also becomes noticeable; sort of reminiscent of the type of spices used in a black, holiday-type, spice cake (notes of vanilla, perhaps a hint of clove, and a wisp of nutmeg). All in all quite an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle with Zinister. Aroma is subdued sweet smoke with candied sugar; coffee. Pours deep, mysterious, foreboding black; olive brown head Smokey, chocolate, peaty flavor. Watery mouthfeel but full, coating Not bad, but I’ve had better

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11807) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bomber. Aromas of coffee, anise and dark fruit. Opaque black/brown color with a tan head that went away with minimal lacing. Thin to medium bodied. Smooth. Moderately carbonated - no bite. Coffee, hint of anise, hop bitter. Starts with sweet toast, moves on to a not really dry finish with coffee and bitter. It’s a great experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Bomber from Carter. Very dark cola/coffee color with nice roasted color head that disappears quickly. Roasty nose with licorace, mocha and raisin bread. Thin mouth feel, but still nice. Coffee and bitter roasted malts. Watery finish, but darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Dark brown in color, beautiful creamy head. Strong aromas of chocolate, coffee and slight hops aroma. Taste is outstanding. Full mouthfeel, near chewy consistancy. Big coffee, roasted dark fruit chocolate taste with a slight dry and moderately bitter finish. Perfect snowy night beverage and higly drinkable. Flavor realy blossoms as the termperature rises.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Thanks to LarryP. Dark color. Smell of roasted coffee beans, hops, chocolate, vanilla, bread, hints of dark fruit and a touch of smoke. Taste of hops, roasted coffee, chocolate cake, caramel, slight berry, bread, vanilla beans and minor alcohol at the very end. Very rich and smooth. Great stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire brune et opaque. Nez de chocolat au lait (notes lactiques), de malt rôti doux aux notes terreuses, léger de chocolat noir, de café et de houblon herbeux avec des notes fruitées (cerises noires), de caramel toffee, de fumée de bois et de vanille. Ronde-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche et crémeuse. Goût de chocolat au lait et d’avoine (légèrement lactique) avec des notes de vanille et de levures fruitées (cerises noires, notes de prunes) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût moyennement amer de malt rôti, de chocolat noir avec de petites notes de caramel toffee et de mélasse puis progressivement se rajoute un goût légèrement plus amer (et légèrement sec) de café noir (léger de café moka) ainsi qu’un goût de houblon herbeux avec des notes d’alcool et des traces de fumée et de noix. Post-goût long-moyen aux notes sèches, moyennement amer de rôti, de chocolat, léger de café et de houblon herbeux avec de faibles notes d’alcool, de noix et de fruits (moût de cerises).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
750. Beer is opaque dark brown, head is average-sized, tan, frothy, diminishing but lasting. Dots of specky lace on snifter.<P> The aroma is nice. First impression is roasty-creamy with an earthy appeal. Malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, creamy milk chocolate, coffee, light note of peaty molasses; Hoppy with light-to-moderate notes of resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of creamy dough, light note of basement; Light miscellaneous notes of sweet black cherry, light note of distant fireplace smoke, trace of rainy garden soil.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, light-to-moderately bitter with a long, , lightly bitter, light-to-moderately sweet finish. Hint of astringency.<P> The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6488) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, cocoa powder), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of earth and chalk. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, oily/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Meh...rather sour in the mouth, and not much going on in the nose. Clunky. Just as mediocre as everything else I’ve had from this brewery, unfortunately.

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