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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2007
22oz bomber from Liquid Solutions. Wow, talk about mouthfeel. This baby is pure velvet. Huge viscous black body, almost no head, but with a massive chocolate aroma. Once this one warms up the roastier malts come through. Rich, subtle, and oh so drinkable. Boy, I wish I could get this one all the time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2007
This is an evil stout, in a good way. Dark as you can get, zero head and the flavor of heath bar meets Folderís. Tremendous palate feel that doesnít leave a lingering aftertaste and the booze is almost undetectable. Kudos! Would drink over and over and over again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4005) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Draught pint at Redbones on 12/10/2006. Had it at Redbones in November of 2005 too, but didnt rate it then.
Black with molasses and deep stained oak shades. Light tan head is large, modestly well-retained and laces somewhat. Clarity is medium to medium-low.
Hops seem most dominant at first, though leafy, lightly herbal (mint, wintergreen) and with plenty of juicy citrus. Not overly bitter. Seems like they did a good job not going overboard. Dark chocolate, dry and bitter, with plenty of cocoa, follows, as strong molasses notes keep things quite dry but give a stickiness to break up the otherwise powdery and grainy feel prior. Suggests quite a bit of dryness from the nose and quite strong on the dark malts. Not much in the way of oats breaks through and whlie there is a bit of cherry-like fruitiness, and a hint of some tar and banana esters, itís tough to throw this in to a style. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, very clean and sniffable. No warming in the nose from any alcohol.
Very curious flavor. At some times dry, others sweet and definitely sticky and a touch bittersweet to further confuse things. It dosent have the stark dryness matched by a velvety body of a dry stout, nor does it have the succulent malt sugars and creamy oat-like richness of a sweet stout. And going further, there dont appear to be any adjunct sugars and resulting esters (aside from a slight hint of banana)/fusels, nor any strange yeast characteristics. Iíd probably just call it a stout. Hops are green, juicy, lightly citric and not overly bitter or involved in the flavor. Chocolate and dry coffee vie for the front seat, while some light vinous notes and moderate fruitiness perks up. Molasses, treacle and light anise, with a hint of tar sit on the finish but enough residual sweetness helps balance it and leaves it sitting on the palate more softly than were it not the case. A decent amount going on. Low amount of carbonation, but quite engaging, with a smooth, almost creamy texture. No alcohol felt in flavor.
From what Iíve read and experienced, Elysian bottles are highly inconsistent. Get this stuff on tap if possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
This beer is why I think Imperial Stouts arenít always necessary. The flavour was rich and chocolate with a nice bitter coffee touch without all the alcohol found in the impy stouts. Dry finish with a lasting touch of dark chocolate. This is easy to drink and beckons the drinker back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours a deep dark black- almsot as dark as dark horse stouts- almost pitch black with a thick frothy tan head and some nice lace. roma is cofee, dark roasted barley and soem nice chocolate and toffee notes. Rich deep chocolate and thcik blakc roasted malts, a bit harsh and astringent with tons of acrid bitter malts and a little sweet in the middle. Smooht and big body and easy to drink. A great Foreign stout overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Black colour with a nice creamy head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, also very tasty flavour of chocolate and hints of liquorice, very tasty endeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Dark brown almost mahogany with a lovelly large l frothy/thick lighter brown head. bitter dark chocolate type aromas, some alcohol too, slightly spicey. Some hops. Very nice taste, dak ,bitter yet smooth and chocolaty. Milky, slightly sour, alcohol detectable, some black coffee in the finish. Nice palate, I believe the oats add to the pleasurable mouthfeel, giving a luxuriant thickness. Overall a good drinking stout, not the best but good enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Pours dark brown with a joke of a tan head, gone in thirty seconds. Aroma is excellent: bitter cocoa, hops galore, essence of cardamom, burned toast, peanut butter, caraway. Tastes of old cappucino, the frothy milk flavor everpresent in the entire taste process. I like the taste but this beer is not the least bit quaffable, takes a concerted effort to get every following sip down. I seem to feel this way every time I try this beer, I guess I wonít be trying it again. Full bodied in the fore but a weak, stale and lingering finish that is altogether unpleasant. Pity, I like Dick Cantwellís books, his brewing style confuses me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Poured very black with a tight tan head. Aggressive hopping on the nose, which carries over to an acrid coffee like finsh. Mellow middle is rich and malted, a definite study in contrasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2006
22 oz. bottle from Liq. Sol. - Pours a thick black color with a one finger thick light brown head. Light lacing. Has a roasted malt and coffee aroma. Flavor is also roasted malt. Has a good bit of bitterness up front. Very smooth. Has a dry, bitter, burnt finish. Medium to full body. A very nice beer.

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