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RATINGS: 734   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1192) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Very dark brown pour slight dark tan head some lacing. Aroma milk chocolate, some char some tang. Very thick body very slight carb. Bitterness of coffee. Tastes of cigars, wood and licorice. flat and sludgy but with pretty good range of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1126) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2014
650 mL bottle supplied by WillRunForBeer - many thanks! To oversized, it pours a brown-tinted black with which a beige head half a finger in length in length stood. Aromas of bong water, roasted cashews, black licorice candies, maple sugar, black patent, young oak, soot, and mugwort/medieval herbs. Tastes the same with the addition of piney hops, charcoal, cabbage, and cocoa powder. Chewy, flavorful, and rambunctious. A nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Big shout out to WillRunForbeer for sharing this with the group. Black color with very thin head in the tulip. Aroma is burnt barely, anise and a strong aroma of pine and earth hops.

Nice amount of lingering pine and earthy hops throughout. The earthiness transfers into dark chocolate, and burnt cane sugar. The body is slightly thinner for an imperial is the only negative. I really enjoy the earthy character combined with hops. Nice hop profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Poured from bottle with a dark chocolate color and thin white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and chocolate with a very silky mouth feel and a nice hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1586) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle shared at my place. From trade with michaelinwa, thanks Mike! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is pine, chocolate, coffee, char. Taste is chocolaty backbone with a bit of smoke and plenty of pine hop. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (1049) - 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 (362) - 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 (567) - 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 (2107) - - 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 (7485) - 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."

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