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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with a satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops in the boil adds a pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance the overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex – Double Stout.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4758) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Pours almost completely black, with a dense layer of brown foam on top that quickly dissipates, leaving behind a thin ring of large bubbles - the aroma is quite grainy/oat-like and sweet up front, but stronger whiffs reveal bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee, anise, and even some red wine-like tannins - smooth and creamy in the mouth - starts out a little bitter and almost tart, with some bakers chocolate being the dominant flavor - this is followed by some hop bitterness that is almost peppery, but somehow the flavor of the hops doesn’t become too strong; their bitterness just adds a spiciness that compliments what little alcohol shows itself - it starts to get sweet late, bring with it cream and coffee flavors, and a lot of roasted malt character - a little bit of blueberry-ish fruity character arrives in the finish as well - the finish get the slightest bit sticky, but other than that, this is a well-balanced and tasty stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a dark,d ark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasty, lightly earthy, and coffee. Tastes of roastiness, bitter chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Poured an opaque black, with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, some smoke, dark fruits, and molasses. Taste was dry and roasty, with bitter dark chocolate, some smoke, vanilla beans, chestnuts, dried fruits, and light alcohol in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4425) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Thanks to Josh for sharing this one. Pours a deep black with a creamy/bubbly deep tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, touch of vanilla, toasted notes, nuts...lots of chocolate coming through in the aroma. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, nuts and some caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black that is opaque with a 1 cm tight bubbly brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some alcohol, malt, and dark fruit. Initial flavor is sweet chocolate that becomes more bitter and almost sour. Light carbonation, medium to full body, alcohol presence throughout, and moderate lacing. Overall a very solid stout worth a try as its availability continues to expand.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bomber. Black with a thick tan head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Lots of sweet chocolate in the nose, dark caramel, a touch of undetermined fruit. Flavor is chocolaty and caramely, some plummy notes. Creamy body. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Sludgy dark brown. Aroma is very chocolatey, somewhat acidic with some prominent ethanol, lightly smoky. Flavor is sweet and full with tons of roastines backe up by more wispy smokiness. Lightly fruity, but not as much as expected from description. Very meaty body. Relatively lightly bitter finish. Very roasty but avoids the overly smoky trap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2008
bomber courtesy of doubleo. I had been wanting to try this and was grateful for this gift. This pours black with a beautiful brown head. Very appealing appearance. The nose is of roasty malt with some ash to it. Taste is of chocolate and although not very complex is still quite tasty. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and a bit of bitterness and sweetness that offset each other well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2011 Bottle (fresh 12oz!). Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, fully lasting. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (apricot), with light notes of blackberry and vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Fresh bottles, and in 12oz size finally! And once again, just a fantastic, solid stout. Relatively straightforward, but wow...so adeptly crafted. Excellent balance, clarity, and focus. An excellent example of how much can be done with relatively basic ingredients (in the right hands). Very clean malt character...right to the last drop the aromas are pure and delightful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle shared at Cbus tasting 11. Pour was thick and black. Aroma was roasted coffee. Taste was thick black roasted nuts, coffee, and chocolate. This was a really good stout!


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