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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (795) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2014
22 oz bottle split. Pours jet black, and really thick, with a fading dark brown head. Aroma is smokey, with a little booze and some chile. Intense chocolate and dark fruit flavor with a nice aged feel. Plum. Really smokey flavor all around, and a surprisingly smooth finish. Really enjoyed this one. Definitely a must try beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1052) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
At my parents place with family. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is rubber, burnt barrel. Big very dark roasted malt. Taste is burnt malt, hint of rubber, oddly smooth dark roasted malt, slight plastic. All of that being said: it is a really nice full bodied stout, that I would drink again, it is a little heavy on the rubber plastic is the only issue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (353) - - MAY 16, 2014
Heavily roasted chocolate and espresso. Burnt bread (in a good way) and chocolate liquor. Dark chocolate bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vulcanmeister (199) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours from a 1 pt., 6 fl.oz. bottle a ridiculously black body with small brown head which quickly recedes. The aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, butterscotch, and molasses. The taste is very sweet, medium bitterness and very light sourness. The body is full, thick, soft, and the finish is long. The alcohol is apparent but not forced, warm and inviting. Dark chocolate and coffee notes linger luxuriously for a long time. How sweet it is!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niksko (386) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2014
Pours a pitch black with a mocha head. Nose is port, coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet caramel, red wine, chocolate. Quite sweet. Mouth coating and viscous with a sugar glaze on your lips. Really heavy, not for the feint of heart, but warming, complex and rewarding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
melush (1033) - SPAIN - MAY 11, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en www.biirkonnen.com. Color negro. Sabor a chocolate, ligeramente a malta y muy ligeramente a vainilla y regaliz. Textura oleosa. Una extraordinaria Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ericular (705) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2014
An indulgence for my 500th rating. Pours a deep oily black with excellent brown head that fades to a ring, leaving fine-grained oily lacing on the glass. Aroma is primarily dark fruit and chocolate, also with some coffee and leather. Taste is thick with rich fudge brownie batter chocolate, giving way to some roasted malts and hint of coffee in the middle, some slight alcohol and minor cocoa bitterness. Nothing overpowers the chocolate backbone throughout; everything is complementary. Palate, at room temp, is one of the thickest I’ve ever encountered. Mouth coating at all times, making the intricacies of the flavor unavoidable. Enjoyable as a sipper, as it packs a punch. Makes the price more digestible, being that it can easily be split three ways.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (562) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2014
22-oz. bottle. Incredible thick nose of chocolate fudge, brownies, burnt coffee, molasses, some black licorice, slightly sour burnt plastic, pie dough, and a touch of maple syrup. Murky black in color with a thin, extremely dark mocha head. Holy crap; the taste follows the aroma with thick chocolate pudding, fairly boozy alcohol, Tootsie rolls, stale coffee, heavy roasted malt, and a heavy, sweet cocoa finish. Thick body. The only knock on this beer was the copious amount of leftover sludge in the bottle: it wasn’t merely some yeast sediment; rather, the half-inch-thick ooze resembled dirty motor oil after 10,000 miles of hard driving mixed with mud.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1037) - Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Had on Tap at Pigs Can Fly, Kittery midday. $4.50 for the 4.75 oz serving. Pours an oily jet black with which a trim beige head half a finger in length stood. Aromas of sorghum molasses, coffee syrup, marsh rosemary, tobacco, grill char, star anise, and burnt rubber. Tastes much the same with energetic additions of pumpernickel, sweat, caramelized onions, coca nibs, Earl grey tea, blueberry leaves, dried lavender, denim jeans, and almond butter. Chewy, bittersweet, and woodsy. It did have a bit of intensity, but it wasn’t anything mind-destroying strong as Sink The Bismarck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ron (2730) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a rich brown head. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with malt, vanilla, prunes, figs, chocolate and caramel. The flavor is roasted malt but with less of the vanilla, chocolate, and prunes than in the aroma. Caramel sweetness is present as well as liquorice. Some alcohol heat at the finish. Full bodied.

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