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RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This beer will surprise you with a big hop flavor and a toasty sweet aroma. Pours black from the chocolate and de-bitterized black rye malts. This ale is medium bodied and is well flavored with hints of toffee, nutty undertones and a dry crisp finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (110) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 12 oz pour from 50ish-degree bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a huge and fluffy head. Tan-to-brown and long lasting. Beautiful. Black as night and opaque. Nose is rich caramel, brown sugar, mild fruit, and mild wood. Full bodied and fairly creamy. Taste has a good amount going on. Nuts, woody, maybe pine, a bit of caramel sweetness, maybe a tiny bit of fruit, and a little coffee bitterness. Aftertaste has some espresso tartness. Neat overall beer. Very smooth and great flavors.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tfontana (60) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Hannaford Exeter NH. Aroma is resin, herbs, cereal, bread, dough. Appearance is thick, creamy beige head with decent retention and fluffy lacing. Color is deep, dark reddish-brown, virtually black. Taste is roasted bitterness balanced with sweet. Palate is decadent, thick, creamy texture, medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to give it backbone but is restrained and doesn’t call attention to itself. Finish is pleasantly long and mildly bitter. Overall, this beer is a delight to all senses and is satisfying in every way.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Pours cola brown color with a creamy off-white head with aroma of coffee, chocolate, and grain. Espresso flavor with chocolate, nut, and toffee. Excellent lacing and tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (471) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 29, 2015
12 oz bottle. Tasted on 4/28/15. Bottle from Moore Liquor. Taste was similar to a hoppy light stout. Nice roasty & slightly nutty with a good hop to balance it out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1323) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2015
Very dark pour. A dusty, espresso nose. Lots of roast malt flavor, a slightly burned edge. Medium bitter finish. Tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (334) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
Poured from tap a reddy black with tan head and lace. Aroma of chocolate, espresso and roasted malts. Taste of chocolate, coffee, fig, with a hoppy bitterness. Creamy.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish black with a short lived white head. Aroma is chocolate, burnt, black licorice. Flavor is spicy, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit. Lingering dark chocolate, dark berries and ash. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (660) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours near black. Creamy tan head. Mild spicy aroma. Flavor has some spice, but more coffee and some chocolate. Some bitter, but drinks more like a stout. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2005) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2015
Pours dark with ruby edges, off white head that reduces to a lacing ring. Mild rye nose. Taste is chocolate creams idle with a mild dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1598) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
Really nice! Pours black with lots of tan frothy head and medium lacing. Nose is fruity and lots of espresso. Flavours of espresso, some nuts, dark fruit, lots of grassy bitterness. Taste med/big bitter med sweet. Full body lively carbonation. Lasting bitterness.


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