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RATINGS: 755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

Previously 7.5%.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours black with a short lived tan head. Smell is mild dark roastiness and a hint of cardboard. Taste is dry burnt roastiness. Medium bodied with similar carbonation. A bit ashy and slightly bitter from the nice sharp hops. Could use a touch more body, but the dark, burnt flavor is nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bomber. Pours with little head, though whats there is nice. Within minutes it appears dead flat. Body is very nice, thick without being boozy or heavy. A fairly easy drinker. There is a clean, woody syrup aroma, mostly dry, a bit unassertive. The flavor has a lot of pine, woody in a non-oak way, more like a carpentry kind of thing. Mild hops in the finish. Good enough.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
22oz bottle from bottletrek.com A great stout!! Poured motor oil black with a good sized chocolaty head that diminished quickly. Lots of chocolate, burnt toffee, and plum on the nose. Great lacing was left on the glass by the way. The flavor was even more bold that the aromas alone, glad I got to try this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2008
On tap, poured with a bit of brown, not completely black body and head. Nice. Flavor was sweet and palate was warm. Lots of good flavors, dried fruit, brown sugar. Aroma was sweet and sugary too. Palate had great full body and overall, just a very pleasing, not overdone stout.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2008
I can’t say enough good things about this beer. Had it at the Elysian brewpub with dinner. Velvety smooth with incredible lacing as the head foam coated the inside of glass. One of the best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2008
bomber from a trade with SuzyGreenberg (drink his homebrew its the shit). pours black with a small tan head. aromas are a bit shy but coffee and chocolate stand out also some hops present on the nose. flavours are smooth and complex with the barley driven coffee flavour as the most prodominant but there is also some chocolate and a tiny bitter hop bite. the chocolate sweetness adds a nice touch but the balance of the whole flavour profile is what makes this a truely great stout. a really wish i had more of this fantastic brew. thx Mr. Bottoms!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Light roast, light coffee, chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate flavor with light roast and backing bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice balance. Lingering dark chocolate, malt, caramel, and light citrus bittering.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Poured a black dark oil color with nice head amazing lacing. Aroma was chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor was muchg the same. Mouthfeel was perfect creamy not to sweet. Good beer for watching bad game.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Notes of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, toasted nuts, light smoke and ash constitute the rich, mocha aroma. Full-bodied and velvety with moderate carbonation. The perfectly balanced flavor leans on the bitter side at first, but then caramalt and chocolate malt sweetness catches up. Finishes bittersweet and lightly acrid. Excellent, well-made, sturdy stout. Big-time kudos to mgumby10 for sharing this world class brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Courtesy Ol_Mr_Crow. Pours jet black, with a thick, creamy, well-retained beige head. Smells of chocolate cream, dark malts, and even a bit of smoke in there too. Liked the nose. The flavor has some surprising hoppy characters to it. light roasty malts and chocolate give it some great balance. Definite bitterness in the finish, had some oak and vanilla notes. great palate on this beer. Very tasty and nicely crafted stout.


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