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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
On tap at Hamilton’s. Pours with a black body topped by a thick, light brown, lasting head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and roasty with a nice matl note and a bitter sweet chocolate note that leans more towards the bitter. Full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger and Barcade. Pitch black with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is quite nice, milk chocolate, toasted malt, malted milk and a soft earthy roastiness as well. A bit of chewy sweetness on the back. Espresso roastiness and a lightly smoky and charry finish. Fairly hoppy on the back which helps dry out the stickiness. Quite tasty really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
A reasonably soft pour produces a full, three-finger thick, deeply browned, creamed-cocoa colored head. The beer is opaque and quite black, though it does show hints of rubies in its depths if you hold it directly up to the light. My first smell of the aroma yields aromatics that are not nearly as burnt / roasted as I was expecting, instead a mix of sweet, dark malt and aromas of dark chocolate are what I first notice. Subsequent draughts of the aroma yield toasty grain-husk aromas, a touch of roast charcoal, a hint of burnt acidity, some dark roast coffee aromas and perhaps a hint of burnt fruit character. The aroma, while characterful, is a bit more subdued than I would expect of a stout of this strength; it is actually in a way nice that it is not bowling me over.

Sweet, dark chocolate and malt notes up front yield to a drying, roast coffee finish. The finish lingers for quite some time with a roast grain bitterness and a touch of burnt acidity; though the bitter, burnt grain character is really what lingers on in the palate after the beer has slid down ones throat. I really like the rich, chewy malt decadence that starts out each sip, but after a bit the finish gets a little too sharp and burnt. Pretty well carbonated, but the texture of this beer is creamy enough that the carbonation is only lightly noticed. The beer is certainly chewy and thick, though it is not overly so; this is a good beer to have one pint of when you only want one.

A nice beer. It get a bit less harsh in the finish as the beer warms up. The dark, sweet malt character becomes a bit more apparent throughout the flavor profile, which is what helps to mitigate the burnt bitter notes of the finish. A tasty beer I would be happy to have again.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
On-tap at Stone. Pours dark brown with a light brown head, some lace. Smell malty and nutty, slightly sweet, some hints of chocolate. Tastes malty and nutty, toasty, sweet, some chocolate flavors. A little alcohol flavor as well. Medium body, vibrant carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1016) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
now this is a great stout--nothing too spectacular, but wonderful nonetheless: faint nose and aroma that parrots the flavor; black body with a great cascading brown head that likes to sparkle; nice, balanced flavor of roasted chocolate overall, notes of peanut and firewood as well...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a deep brown color with ruby tints and a dark brown head. Aroma is malty, roasty, chocolate, caramel, and some earthy hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, lactose, chocolate, roast, and a bitter roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Nice dark pour with dark tan head. Sweet roasty coffee, chocolate malt, and hops on the nose. Nice balance of roast and hops on the palate, and the sweetness was integrated well. Slightly thin, but that’s my only complaint. A very good American Double Stout. RE-RATE: I just had a bottle that tasted like it had about 8 ounces of peach schnapps added to it. WTF? Don’t even know what to say, but it tasted nasty. Gave it a 3.9 the first time, but I have to lower a few points based on that bad experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Pours dark black with a short lived tan head. Smell is roasty and chocolately. Taste is very roasty and almost burnt malt, along with dark chocolate. Flavorful. Medium bodied with a nice bitter dark chocolate and tobacco like flavor. Pretty solid beer that probably should be entered as an Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Nearly black pour with a medium brown head. Decent retention/lacing. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee notes. Roasty taste with coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and hop bitterness. Creamy texture. Yummy.

   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.

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