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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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A Belgian inspired stout that is as dark as a moonless midnight, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops. It will keep you good company in all places, be thay light or dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Pours black with a tan head. Roast malt aroma with apple cider following. Slightly sour touch in the flavor which I find unpleasant. Brett stout??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
RBSG 2006 - DC Grand Tasting Lineup Black, tan head, lots of carbonation. Nose of dark muscovado, soy, some roast, coffee and chocolate. Tart though. Yeast? Finishes tart, acidic and lightly astringent, like a belgian stout, good, nice interesting stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2006
25 oz bottle, via MikeMac, first batch. Pours a complete midnight black colored body under a very large craggy foamy dark brown head that fell to a firm mass. Aroma is full of roasted and burnt malt with a heavy espresso accent. A light lactose note as well. Flavor is quite unique to say the least. The acidic and sour components grab you up front, but the roast and espresso pushes through on the finish. Later on in the finish a very light brett like dryness and funkiness emerges. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly oily texture and fizzy active carbonation. This was one crazy beer! I like it. This is one of those beers that sort of defines brewers pushing the envelope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2465) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2006
Deep black in colour with a very large tan coloured head, awesome lacing. The aroma is of a light roast, good amount of chocolate sweetness, some dark fruits. The flavour showed signs of some alcohol, candy, chocolate, quite sweet, some christmas cake and dark fruits. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes sweet, oaky, lingering. Not to bad, I didn’t notice the oak until the very end, interesting to say the least.

<font size=-2>750ml bottle shared by <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>mds, thanks Mike. No best before date.</font>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3327) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 12, 2006
750ml-black with a huge fizzy brown head. nose of funky yeast, woodsy tones, and chocolate. the oak is there and really makes a nice woody accent. carbonation is aggressive and really detracts from the moutfeal of the beer. big sourness as well which is true to this style. lots of chocolate and char on the finish. really a unique and tasty foreign stout that can contend with dedolle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to mds. Deep deep color, very large brown head, long lasting. Fairly sweet aroma, moderate roast. Kind of wild, has some of that Belgian yeast character running throughout which I do like (think Hercule Stout). The oak aging is present, but subtle. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2006
A thick but pourous dark brown head sits atop an absolutely black, opaque body. Lots of chocolate in the aroma but also the characteristic wild fermentation notes of Jolly Pumpkin that include some sour cherry fruit. I respect what he is trying to do here but this smells like a stout that has been contaminated by wild yeast that I tasted at a recent homebrew event. The beer is also so overcarbonated that it destroys any palate sensations and flavors. How can the other raters give this such a high score when in reality, you really cannot taste it? Did I miss the instructions to pour this the night before to flatten it to enjoy the next evening? This beer needs to spend more time at the brewery fermenting out completely before bottling (as well as the rest of this lineup). Once again, I respect what they are attempting and I respect a unique approach but I also think it is going to be a couple of years before they understand how the yeast is going to behave after packaging. In the meantime, we will just have to support them and consume their experiments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2006
More thanks go out to Beerdrenched for sharing the fantastic hard to find beer. Pours almost black with a very dark tan head. Aromas has earthy yeast, dark fruit and bits of roastiness. Medium body with very noticable carbonation, but it is not interfering. Starts with dark fruits and some astringency, roasted malts and berry flavor. Finish has a bit of metallic-ness (somehow it is not in a bad way) with berry fruits and light roastiness. After that some sharp tartness comes into play. Very unique interesting beer. I must try this again sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Dark brown to near black in color with a dark brown head. Coffee black aroma. Some serious tartness is present that makes for a sour milk taste. This just might be a fine breakfast stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Big thanks to Tom/CC for this one. Very dark brown to black colored body with a tall tan head. Raspberries covered with attic dust and rich dark chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and coffee. Light and lively on the palate, perhaps a bit too much so. A refreshing dark black beer for certain. Chilled costa rican coffee mixed with light tart cherries. A light zin pepper and fruit flavor. Dry and tart in places balanced by lush and sweet in others. Some cinnamon and light cloves in the linger add to the complexity of this brew. This brewery just exudes class.

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