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RATINGS: 1478   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Nice thick head of brown bubbles. Dense and creamy. Excellent thick sticky sheet of lacing left behind. Roasted grains, dark chocolate, some ash and a bit of coffee. Color is black!. Rich roasted flavor. More chocolate, toased malts, maybe a little anise and some smoke. Lots of character to this brew. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is one of the best stouts I have had in a long time. Finishes roasty and creamy and smooth with a little lingering bitter coffee. A damn fine stout!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12449) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bomber. Opaque brown/black color with a very impressive dark tan head. Aromas of dark roasted/toasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium plus body with very smooth and creamy carbonation. A touch of tar in the flavor, as well as dark roast (not burnt) malt, coffee, cacao and just maybe some floral/fruity hop. It’s very sturdy, and quite impressive. It actually seems to get fruitier with time. Brilliant. Reasonably dry too.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle. I have wanted to try this a long time, especially when I saw a double stout from one of my favorite west coast brewers in the store. I also thought this was an imperial stout, but just like Bells 8000 is a witbier as well, I was wrong. At any rate, this one poured out pitch black in color with a fat tan head on it. The smell was great, full of chocolate, roasted malts, sweet, big bold smells of coffee, really great. Taste is sweet and very smooth. Thick, like drinking a bar of chocolate. Very good stuff here - an imperial stout that isnt branded as one. Hey, at least it bumps it higher in the style category.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
On tap, this stout poured, smelled and tasted like an Imperial, even with almost 9%. Beautiful beer. Deep brown with a thick dark tan head. The nose was full of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The flavor was quite the same with a finish that seemed to have a touch of oak and bourbon, although it’s not barrel aged. Being a bit thin on the palate was the only mediocre aspect of this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Appearance is as black as it gets, with a large beige head and decent lacing. Roasted malt aroma with layers of cocoa, coffee, caramel and vanilla. Earthy, woodsy taste with a ton of rich, dark malt. Also showing up were hints of molassas, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Hops were more evident in the aftertaste. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Long, lingering, bitter finish adds to the enjoyment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Pours opaque and pitch black at the center, with just the faintest mahogany edge at the rim. A frothy, tan colored head is well retained, leaving nice flares and spots of lacing behind. The aroma is roasty up front, showing toasted oats, baker’s chocolate, and coffee, followed by a wave of nougat and caramel. Likewise, the flavor displays nice balance between roast, earthy hops, and choco-caramel sweetness. Medium-full bodied and velvety smooth, with no alcohol burn whatsoever, this one goes down way too easy. Really good, exceptionally balanced beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2008
bottle. black pour with big frothy mocha head. lacing. real nice aroma. hoppy profile with some rich sugar, chocolate, roasted nut and dried dark fruit. smooth and creamy. hoppy bitterness in finish. coffee bean, toffee, and light nuttiness. excellent balance. Very nice stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2008
20080721 22oz bottle from State Line. Dark coffee brown, near black, medium, slowly fading tan head of lacing, tight foam. Aroma is luscious with plum, prune, roasty coffee, dark bread, light cocoa, and a nice dose of herbal/piny hops. Mouthfeel is slick, hefty, and finishing with a nice roasty, hoppy bite. Hearty stuff, and delicious. Now why doesn’t this one make it to NJ?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Courtesy beerlando. Black/dark brown, large, frothy, tan head. Raw grains, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, earth, dark dried fruits, some sweetness. Medium/full body, balanced carbonation. Very nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Aroma is nothing special with some acidity and a twinge of a vinous character to it. Carbonation is good, nice and creamy, not sticky, could be a bit thicker though. Flavor has good sweetness with the usual suspects-chocolate and some coffee. Didn’t seemed very roasted or to be containing much bitter malt properties.


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