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RATINGS: 1504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Coming in a short 12 FL. Oz. brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. The beer label states “Double Stout” – “Black Ale”, which I guess means to suggest that this beer follows no specific style… hence a “Black Ale”? A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very thick and frothy dark khaki head with good retention, while the carbonation level looks decent, constant but mild. S: the aroma has upfront lightly metallic elements to pair with black malts, jammy dates, sweet vanilla, chocolate-coated coffee beans, light acidity and lively overripe pear-ish fruit esters; given a good swirl, a deep yet also 3 dimensional gristy and nutty dark maltiness with a pleasant touch of sweetness chime in, along with random notes as of leather, oat, crushed hazelnut, dark-coloured honey and even (faintly) musk fragrance. T: smoothly carbonated, the entry shows again a little metallic edge on the side of the rather deep-flavoured, silky-smooth and not-at-all heavy gristy mixture of darker malts (presumably oat has rendered the extra smooth palate over here!); black stone-fruits and hop bitterness retreat to the place of the second fiddle, showing retrained undertones of coffee, bitter herbs, damson fruits, burned nuts, and earthy hints of English hops, before the flavour ends with a subtly spicy and mildly acidic note which lingers well in the aromatically malty finish. M&O: the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, rounded, not heavy at any time, the flavour profile is sound and balanced, not like one’s usual super-charged hop bomb even in the guise of a huge wizardry black robe. Have I mentioned alcohol, by the way? If not, then it is because it’s just hidden too well… All in all, this is a delicious strong stout not in one’s “Imperial” fashion in any sense, but a rather balanced and approachable one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARH (979) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is that of sweet chocolate syrup with a faint cola and coffee backing note, by the end of the drink, a shortbread cookie character shows up. The hue is a deep, rich molasses brown topped by a brown sudsy head with a mild, dense fuzz that has very good retention, and a dense, messy, abundant web lace. The taste is highly sweet with a medium bitter compliment. The texture is thick with a creamy foam carbonation and a full body. The flavor profile is sweet chocolate and caramel with dark, sugary fruits (dates?) and a finish that’s syrupy smooth by a crisp crescendo of clean, fresh pine, caramel, and cola. The aftertaste is mildly smokey with bitter coffee grounds and a light, bittersweet cocoa powder that turns bread crust and coffee and has a mild astringent, mellow lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (840) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Pours opaque black with a modest brown head. Aroma is cocoa and slight roast. Taste is roast malts, slight coffee, slight dates, some peat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (361) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Poured from 2 bottles from a variety pack, looks jet black with a small tan collar. Taste was mellow, not as sweet as I was expecting (+), strong and gritty, did I mention strong.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (985) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
This stout poured a deep black colour with a very brown, creamy head. Scents include smoke, coffee and wieners. First swig was quite strong with really roasted flavours and tastes of coffee, and a little cocoa. Finish is really burnt with a lingering flavour of Melloids cough drops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (671) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle. Nose is cola, blackcurrent, lots of cherry, orange undercut by some earthy coco notes. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, berry, hints of coffee, chocolate ice cream, banana, slight smoke in the aftertaste, caramel. Silky mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer, that has a lovely depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (4599) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
8/6/2010 8:00:32 AM Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark brown almost black body with coco top head. Nose of chocolate shake. Nice full-bodied taste of chocolate, licorice, coffee, malts, raisins and caramel. Really creamy and yummy. Slurpable. Bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamestulloch (2462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle from Bottle Baron. Black body with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of coffee, blackcurrant and chocolate ice-cream. Flavour of berries, dark chocolate and vanilla. Medium body with a creamy texture. Light fizz. Very smooth and outrageously drinkable for 8.8% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorkenstein (217) - - OCT 24, 2015
Lots of roasted malts in the aroma, some smoke too. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Bitterness is noticed in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle at Johnny Hideaways. Poured almost black with tan head. Aroma sweet malty roast. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet bitter dark choc roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (628) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, good carbonation, boozy finish. Overall, it’s good but misses the mark.

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