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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2006
750ml bottle courtesy of Styles. almost black on the pour with a light brown chocolate mousse whipped head which lasted forever. so much carbonation in fact, it took damn near 10 minutes for this to be drinkable. aroma was of roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee. flavor was all over the place and depended on the temperature as to what I was able to detect. early on it seemed to be chocolate up front with a dry roast coffee on the finish. as it warmed I noticed hints of grapes, followed later by an earthy oak flavor. an interesting FES, but it has too much carbonation for my taste and this detracts and distorts the flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5757) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Dark almost black pour with a tan head. An aroma of cocoffee. A flavor of what I want to call tart but may lean towards sour. A slightly fizzy palate that is also a bit thin. As this beer warms it become much more mellow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2006
the bottle’s cool. typical dark color and tan head of a stout. of course, smell of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. tastes like sour, carbonated nonsense

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2006
A very foamy beer - the head took up the whole glass upon pouring it. It as a good flavor, finish and even aroma (what a generic statement is that??). Anyway, its head is dark brown, like a porter or a huge stout. Very strong roasted malts with vanilla and woodiness - definetly the oak aging comes out. It is slightly sweet and quite sour. Has a lot of lactose-sweetness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3442) - 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 (5800) - 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 (2686) - 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 (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, 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.

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