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RATINGS: 1755   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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, you’re about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
From 12oz Bottle. Now that is a deep black motor oil pour, almost like thick sludge oozing out of the bottle. Medium, lasting, fizzy head of smoked lake trout skin. Rich, chocolatey aromas are dried by some french roast coffee. A nice, minty whiff of hops flows from my glass as well. Some black cherry and seeded red grapes add some fruity aspects that are quite enjoyable. Ultra heavy, syrupy body with little carbonation effects on the tongue. A brush of unidentifiable hops first brush the tongue from inside the coffee riddled syrup. Not overly bitter, the roast coffee flavors are exceptionally balanced. Molasses and dark belgian chocolate flavors round out the long lasting finish in a pleasurable smack, along with a breath of herbal hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Poured nice and black with small head. Very rich and malty with some chocolate notes, but could use a bit more hops. This beer MUST be allowed to warm. You will not be satisfied if you serve it too cold!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Deep, dark oily black pour. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee. Flavors and ABV more intense as it warmed. Definitely one for sipping on Christmas Eve.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Black as can be, with a small dark brown head. Roasted sweet malt taste with some dark fruit, full body, a very sweet malt flavor that lingers on the palate. Can definitely taste the alcohol, will warm you on a cold winters day. A robust full flavored stout with a strong presence of alcohol..very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2006
(bottle) Deep black with essentially no head, but does have scant lace. Aroma of darkly roasted malt with some coffee. Flavor is a bit sweet with raisins/dark fruits, some coffee and a hint of chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head, leaving a nice amount of quickly dissipating lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. The flavor is rich. An initial alcohol burn blends into coffee and chocolate. Tremendous beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Intense roastiness...coffee, bitter chocolate, espresso grounds, molasses, dates, raisins, burnt brown sugar, a touch of alcohol burn on the way down, and a big smile on my face. What a huge brew! So very good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Thinner I.S. Roasted barley? Coffee. Toffee. Sweet, sticky roasted something at the back of the tongue. I like this. Yummy. A good finisher, but would prefer splitting/sharing a bottle in a snifter. Sweet, but bitter finishing chocolate. ?Is this a stereotypical stout? Think not. Very, very good. Now just somebody tell me how I can get a !#$^%^$#! Devil Dancer?!?!?!?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2006
perfect looking black appearance with thick dark tan head. the aroma is dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with some hints of toffee and carmel. the flavors are much the same with a thick mouthfeel. needs a little age or something to mellow the intensity. good though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle. What is with these Michigan brewers and stouts? They completely own the catagory and this is no exception. Pours black as midnight with a silky brown head with amber highlights that fades to a thin film. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. Taste follows with hints of charcoal and traces of coffee. Finishes with a small alcohol burn. A complex and damn fine beer.


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