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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - blankboyís bottle. Thick, black pour, average brown creamy head - thatís what a stout should look like (4.5). Aroma of nut oil, chocolate malt, lactic and mildly hoppy - really rich, the oats impart a mild sweetness. Taste is very roasty, nut oils, chocolate and coffee grounds, bitter hops - smooth, but pretty bitter. Thick body, creamy and acidic, dark and bitter - maybe a little too bitter, but very well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
aroma on the dragon was somewhat soft,but still complex, malted milk balls, mocha,and fudge,wow nothing subtle about the taste,rich black forest Cake, Godiva chocolate,definite molasses, all as smooth and creamy as can be thanks to the perfect amout of oats,probaly the best new stout Iíve had in a long time. Will have to get my hands on more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Bomber shared with muenster and NachlamSie. Pours amber black with a fading brown head (which is apparently dense enough to momentarily support little droplets of beer... cool visual effect, so bonus appearance points). The aroma is thick molasses, nuts, milk chocolate, and charcoal. The flavor is dark nuts, cocoa, espresso, and a little bit of smoke. There is also an even, woody bitterness throughout. It finishes smoothly with some hops and tannins, and a vinous aftertaste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2764) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Bottle shared with Muenster, Tronraner. We all love weird medievel cartoon characters on our stout labels, donít we? This brew pours black with a small brown head that fades away rather quickly. The lacing is solid and filmy. The aroma is much like an imperial stout with fresh poured espresso, dark mocha, burned brownies, and suggestions of hickory. The flavors are very dense in this fairly heavy brew: more bittersweet, smoky espresso, mocha, a burning twig flavor. Makes me think of the beer being roasted over a campfire. The beer begins very pleasingly bitter in a wood-fashion and is balanced by bittersweet coffee notes. I kind of though that I would like it to be slightly thicker given its imperial stout attitude, but thatís really nit-picking. This is an excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Bomber, shared with NachlamSie and tronraner. Pours dark black with a quickly dissipating brown head, and little beads of dark liquid that slide around on top of the head for just an instant. Weird, but really cool. The aroma is robust chocolate, rich coffee, and a note that I can best describe as rum-like. The flavor is smoky coffee and bitter chocolate at first, but it finishes very velvety smooth, with some hops coming through. On a side note, this is listed as 7.2%, but our bottle said 7.4%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1822) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2013 Original rating 10/23/2006Bomber. Pours a deep deep black with a nice fluffy tan head. The beer has a lovely roasted malt aroma with charcoal aspects. The flavor is just beautiful: heavy roasted notes intertwine with juicy berries; sweet molassas warmth comes in and cuts the ample hopping but never grows too sweet, receeding before the almost bitter chocolate-and-charcoal finish with c-hop oils on the very far tail of the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, delicately carbonated, creamy, luscious. This is one of those beers that is very hard not to drink more quickly. Itís outstanding, a great big foreign stout flavor, amped up but not overdone, all at only 7.2%. Ratings: 8/5/9/4/17=4.3

1/13/2007 Revisit: After a series of revisits, this one is never as good as I seem to have thought it to be when I wrote out that first rating. Itís not a matter of palate evolution, as all of these revisits occured within a matter of weeks. Instead I get less of a head on the pour, a stout thatís dry on the lead-in, vegetally sweet in the late middle, strongly hopped throug the finish, plenty of roast chocolate but enough off-flavors to drop it down substantially in the ratings. 8/5/7/4/14=3.8

10/30/2013 revisit. I think the right score probably lies somewhere between the two ratings above, but closer to the second. Iím thinking 3.9. This is an easy drinking beer, quite straightforward compared to the Stillwater Folklore (another foreign stout) that I was drinking at the same time. Itís almost an old school PacNW beer, malts throwing straight chocolate and c-hops all up in your face. Quite nice until 15 minutes later youíre still tasting the bitter tail of c-hop oils. Still, slight bump up on the overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13703) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2006
On tap at Elysian, Seattle. Black with tan head. Good stout. Plenty of flavour, lots of roasted malt, dry finish. Very black, some blackberry fruit in the malt. Reasonable juicyness before tingly finish dryness comes in. Rather a good dry stout. Juicyness is good. Some charcoal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
Black colour with a brown head. Complex malty aroma with coffee, chocolate and vanilla notes and a light hint of hops. Roasted malty flavor with some coffee bitterness and a light fruity note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Bitter coffee, heavy roaste malt, chocolate, a bit of piney hop, and a touch of vanilla. Appearance: Dark black in color. Head was medium tan, full, and frothy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Big roasted malt with a strong coffee overtone. Chocolate and light vanilla, a touch of dark fruit. Getting a bit of piney hops again right before the finish. Finish is full of roasted malt bitterness, but also some hop bitterness. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warming in rear of mouth. Strong roasted malt astringency. Overall: Pretty good. Like the heavy roasted flavors, for the most part. A little too much astringency near the finish, though. Worth a taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle from Eric. Dense, black with no head and very little carbonation. Roasted coffee flavors combined with chocolate malts. Smooth and sweet mouthful and finish. Very good.

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