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RATINGS: 1543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21037) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle at my cloisters Bar staff tasting no2... black ... thin tan head ... nice sweet roast and little coffee in nose ... big roast ... lots and lots of smooth roasts ... quite a lot of chocolate ... quite alot of hop in background... but better blended than many.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2016
2016-02-19, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Black color with brown creamy head. Mild aroma of roasted nuts. Robust flavor of roasted nuts, some rye bread, light tobacco and vanilla, nice alcohol warmth; good body strength, moderately sweet, and a bit over carbonated. Also, a bit too much acidity from the roasted malts.
Very good.

2012-10-16, draught at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Pitch black color with creamy head. The aroma of roasted malt is mild, and has some cheesy yeast too. Good body strength, rich chocolate flavor, strong bitterness. Very good one.

2009-06-12, bottle, blind tasting at Papsř’s, 6-3-8-4-15=36
Black color; medium creamy head. Roasted malt aroma, strangely metallic. Good body, strong roasted malt flavor but supported by some sweetness, still overall the flavor is dry; it has some roasted nuts too; it gets rounder and sweeter later. Quite good but not impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at home in London. Picked up at Cask Pub and Kitchen (London) from their discount shelf; so, I figure this beer is probably at least one to two years out of date (it’s got the old label). Pours thick black-brown with a lasting, creamy beige head. Relaxed roasted malts in the aroma, with hints of oxidation (just faint suggestions of burnt cardboard creeping in), with pleasant over-arching dark chocolate character. Medium to big sweet flavour, with nicely layered chocolate notes, some baking cocoa, milk chocolate, good ashy roast, some bitter earth, dark fruits, raisins. Full bodied with average carbonation and velvety texture. Finishes with light alcohol warmth, sticky chocolate, bittersweet baking cocoa, burnt sugars, burnt toffee, some old leather, more raisins. There’s some light dryness in the aftertaste that levels things out well. Great beer overall. Good depth, nice balance. Totally solid from beginning to end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (17911) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Black beer, very nice lasting brown head with quite some lacing. Roasted cocoa aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, earthy, iron notes. Roasted flavor, hops, iron, cocoa, tar, dark chocolate, coffee notes, milky, licorice notes. Balanced smooth finish and a pleasant body.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (17417) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2011
Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 081111

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17146) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Black, thick beige head. Sour stout aorma. Good espresso flavour and slightly harsh choc on the swallow. Some sour. But good sweetness too. Bizarre.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (16789) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 8, 2011
Cremig malziger Antrunk. Nussige und feine Röstaromen sind bereits von Beginn an vorhanden. Das Aroma bleibt durchweg intensiv, der Geschmack vollmundig. Dabei variiert die Süße etwas, die Röstigkeit geht zugunsten einer aromatischen Bitterschokoladennoten zurück. Geringe Bananigkeit. Super! 7/12/12/11/10/12

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16724) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16623) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Tap at the Khyber Pass, Philly - 26/05/12. Rich black with a mocha head. Big roasted malt nose, coffee, chocolate, leather, licqourice. Taste follows aroma with a touch of hops. Medium bodied and carbonation. Decent stout but lacking wow factor!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16482) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle, 22oz. It’s a black beer topped by a dense, finger-thick beige to tan head. It’s just beautiful to look at. The aroma has roasted malts and a pleasant chocolate and coffee scent. Not that dark chocolate, milk chocolate is the thing here. The flavor has some sweetness, but meaty chocolate and coffee do most of the job, and there’s also a touch of orange. I would like more hoppy flavors. Full-bodied and warming, quite smooth on the palate. There’s some bitterness in the finish, but also here I would like a little more. A super-drinkable beer with lots of nice flavors. Definitely worth a revisit. 100115


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