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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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%.

herbjones' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Why this is not a top 20 beer I dont know. Big dark beer that has a nice thick but not sludge like body. Deep, rich roasted flavors that still have a hoppiness coming through that is not hops for the sake of hops. Excellent balance in all aspects. Couldnt recommend this beer more. Thanks to LarryP(Andre) for this beauty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2016
On tap at Westin Seattle’s restaurant. A black ale with a resilient beige head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, molasses. Flavor is dark chocolate, burnt caramel, molasses and hazelnut. Finish is coffee, dark chocolate ; nice bitterness. Lingering. Full body, velvety and oily mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooterbub (1008) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUL 3, 2016
22 ounce bottle at 8.1%abv. Pours near black with a two inch dark tan head that lasts. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, some smoke, caramel, wood and some hops. Has a full body with a slight bitter finish. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Black with a tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, a bit of dark fruits. Flavor starts sweetish with roast, dark chocolate, some coffee, finishes bitter. Medium to full-bodied. Good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vulcanmeister (240) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Pours a dark black from tap. with toasted malts and bitter chocolates in the aroma. Nice thick lasting tan head. Taste is bitter chocolate and roast malt. Palate is smooth and creamy . Lingers long on the tongue with a bit of bitterness and sweet chocolate notes that linger a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2681) - SPAIN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle 65cl / Botella 65cl @ Tanakaya Liquor Store, Tokyo, Japon A: Black / Negro. T/S: Roasted malt, chocolate, slightly bitter / Malta tostada, chocolate, ligeramente amargo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1786) - - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, chocolate, and some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2363) - - MAY 15, 2016
Draught at Keyaki. Dark chocolate, orange, definitely some soy sauce, the hops seem to give it a kind of black ipa edge, ok finish with light boozy notes. Decent dark brew but feels quite overhyped to me, not exactly an exciting import.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2016
Tap at Keyaki. Nose of cocoa, coffee, soy sauce. Black and a bit flat. Flavor is decent, cocoa, soy sauce. Nice but not that special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshRaburn (110) - - MAY 1, 2016
Very smooth mouthfeel, with a strong "ripe" stoutness. Nice, but the aftertaste is a little harsh at first. After 30 minutes, it seems to improve as the tastebuds become accustomed. Thick and chewy, chocolatey, roasty, complex, hoppy. good one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2016
On tap at The Mayor of Old Town. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, light caramel malt and light vanilla. Similar flavor, dark, malty, rich, creamy and bittersweet. Medium to full body with a smooth finish. 3.85 overall.

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