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RATINGS: 1523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.26%
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Our Original Stout, brewed with real Hardcore Coffee from Sebastopol. 29.5 IBU 1.076 OG

2007, 8.3% ABV
2008, 8.29% ABV
2009, 9.26% ABV
2010, 8.8% ABV


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Thin wisp of head. Very low carbonation. Sweet aroma with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Sweet malts. Color is a very dark brown. Lively in the mouth and pretty refreshing. Lighter body than first expected but quite tasty. More sweet roasted malts, molasses, chocolate and a bit of coffee. A very nice combination of flavors. No real bitterness. Finish is pretty clean with a light lingering roastyness. A pretty good stout. The coffee presence is not dominant which is nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Bottle: Black as tar with a thick and fluffy off-white head. Surprisingly, I noticed a extra hop presence in the aroma. This was followed by chocolate and coffee. Yumm. The taste is rich and full with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Notes of licorice were also found among the obvious coffee taste. I think the licorice eccentricities must be due to the hops??? Anyway, a wonderful brew to enjoy on a Thanksgiving Eve.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2006
#937, on tap at Crane Alley in Urbana Illinois, right now the best beer bar in at least a 60 mile radius. Poured under perfect conditions in an english pint glass. Dark, almost ruby with a thin tan head. The nose is coffee ish and malty but sweet. The taste has a lot of coffee but definately more sweet and malty and chewy. One person took a sip of this and said, "Are you sure that this is Beer? It sure reminds me of Rootbeer." See the thing is that I understand where they are comming from, intially it is so tolerable and chewy with just a bit of that carbonation, as it warms definately more hops and evergreen. A very nice beer served wonderfully at an excellent bar in Central Illinois.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2006
22oz bottle: Pours to an opaque dark brown body with a medium light brown colored head that fades to a creamy, thin ring around the glass. The aroma shows some chocolate, roasted chocoate, a bit of coffee that I almost want to describe as chalky, but itís almost more like chicory or tree bark, seems to be flavorful without be excessively roasted. The taste shows a bit of hops, striking some bitterness, pine, and light grapefruit in the midst of wheat bread crust, browned french toast, some roasted malt flavors as well, though it seems that much of the roasted flavors come from the coffee - showing some fruity, earthy, and lightly acidic coffee flavor. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, finishes with a nice blend of extended hops and roasted coffee which reminds me a little bit of Alpha Klaus. A nice blend of hops, coffee, and more traditional stout flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2006
22 oz split three ways. Very dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma is hops, chocolate, coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasty and a strong hop bitterness throughout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Sample at Whole Foods. Aroma and flavor are coffee and chocolate. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Easy to Drink

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (819) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
22 oz bottle. Pours fairly dark and when you put it up to a light, you can see hints of maroon. Big slow bubbles and a small brown head. Aroma has a slight hop nose with hints of chocolate, but mostly coffee. However, the coffee presence is not overwhelming. The taste has a nice balance of malt, bitterness that hits the back of the tongue, and coffee. It has a surprisingly light mouthfeel for a stout. This is a very drinkable beer, I really enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
A very drinkable beer which I was happy to share with quite a couple of BMC drinkers, while playing Hold íEm the evening before Labor Day. Aroma was a bit malty, some chocolate and obvious coffee notes flying around but it was all rather toned down. Appearance was NOT how I like my stouts to look which was clear, dark brown and little head. I could actually see through the beeer which...to be honest...I canít remember the last time I could see thru a stout. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but not overpowering like I like my stouts to be. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with a slight bitter twang to it and slightly sweet. Overall itís a nice beer, but since there are sooo many better ones out there I think this might be my last time with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a tan head. Sweet chcolates with a nut and coffee aroma. Smoother and less coffee-stout than I expected. Rating from 2005 notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Very fine basic stout with a cappuccino on the side...but very much muted and in the far distant background. Still quite a nice beer, but why not let the coffee move forward a a little bit...we can take it! Some pronouced cream and vanilla bean highlights can be detected as it warms. This is a really fine approachable beer and would certainly make for a good introduction to someone first sampling coffe-flavored beers...where a bourbon-barrel-aged Breakfast Stout might intimidate the uninitiated. Thanks to El_Borracho for the sample!


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