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RATINGS: 1649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, youíre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle from Armanettiís on Lincoln. Pours black as night with a nice, dark head that dissipates into an oil slick on top of the blackness. Nose has some chocolate notes, touch of roasted grain and sweet kona coffee. Touch of alcohol burns the nose. Initial taste is a bit acrid, but full of roastiness and a tinge of sweet stone fruit buried in there, albeit roasted. The hops are definitely present in this one, though not as floral as the Storm King. This is a damn fine stout and Iím not sure why it took me so long to try it. Big mouthfeel. Delicious!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle at Jerryís. Black with chocolate shake, foamy head / Cigar box nose / Full body, chewy, with great balance and finish / Flavors of tobacco, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate, / Founders, the gods of stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Once again, big thanks to Honkeybra for this one. Just smells appetizing. Big, full, velvet mouthfeel. Flavor isnít overwhelming, but is subtly incredible. Sexy, sexy, sexy. Itís...whatís the word?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Pours a pitch black color with a brown creamy slight head that barely is visible. Aroma is of intense dark chocolate,dark roasted coffee,black licorice,malts,and raisins. Has a perfectly balanced carbonated flavor with hints of dark chocolate,coffee,black tart,black licorice and oatmeal cookie. Roasted coffee aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours black as night with a thin brown head. Malty aroma with alcohol, coffee and licorice. Now time to taste. Whoa. This beer is evil. Boozy flavor with some chocolate as it warms and a bitter coffee finish. Very good stuff, but curious to see how she calms after sitting for a year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Has dark roast malt aroma. I homebrew and when I brew with dark malts it has a distinct smell. Its pretty raw. This is what this beer smells like. That raw dark roast aroma. Holding this beer in my hand is like holding a bag full of dark roasted grains. Has a medium mouthfeel. It has a creaminess to it as well. Flavor is dark roasted malt flavor. Its as if I was chewing on raw roasted malts. Starbucks coffee, alcohol, and some hops on the finish. This beer is super fresh right now. I bet it will age and develop some character over time. Nice brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Extremly dark pour with medium brown thin head. Hot malt aroma, roasted grain and astringent hints of coffee. Wonderful balance of oak and smoke with a healthy hop bitter, deep and warm with a complexity of loam and old growth forest at the center. Very well balanced malt and hop characteristics with a long, satisfying bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 Pours a thick motor oil like near black super dark brown with a dark tan fine creamy thin froth on top. Dark roasty aroma, licorice, and varnish. First taste is very similar to the porter but with a more soy/vegetable syrupy sweetness. Dark deeply roasted coffee, way more one dimensional than the porter, the initial attack of the hops and chocolate/coffee is really nice but it fades quickly into a syrupy dull mess. This beer has a nice warming quality. 8.5.7.4.15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 10.3.09] mmmm I suppose itís a little better =p still kinda burnt though 8.5.8.4.15

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Had this on draft.Chocolate dominates the palate.Big at 10 percent but not present. Smooth creamy with a tanish head expected from a stout that maintains a slight topping throughout the pint.Thick but not overwhelmingly so . I recommend ordering a pint if you get the chance! Recommend

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3277) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 On Tap at the brewery. Big, gorgeous pour with a big dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark malt, coffee, vanilla, licorice. Flavor is full of chocolate, rich and warming. Absolutely delicious. Big, creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish, and a great beer. Sampled out of bottle on 1/6/09. Bitter chocolate notes much more apparent and a much more bitter hop presence in the flavor, with hints of anise and licorice in the finish. The warmer temperature helps bring this one out. Not sure why they serve it so cold at the brew pub


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