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RATINGS: 1524   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Poured a clear ruby brown color with a creamy beige head. Aroma had a light roast but otherwise kind of bland. Chocolately flavor was again not too complex. Semi-dry finish. After the flavors stop some bitterness seems to pop out out of no place.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3145) - Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Dark brown with a smaller head than the previous two (Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and Dogfish Head Chicory). Big hoppy aroma of candied yams and grapefruit. Thereís a touch of chocolate, low coffee. Not really a stout, but a great American Brown Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor of bitter coffee and chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Enjoyed with John and Jen at the club. 22 oz bottle. Pours chestnut brown. Clear and dark with no head. Thin coffee and chocolate aroma (mostly coffee), but gets slight floral hints as it warms (can only assume this is hop presence). The flavor is clearly coffee dominated but not in any sort of powerful way. This is much more mellow than any imperial stout. There is strong bitterness with hints of dark chocolate and some fruit towards the end. Medium, semi-dry body. This is not a bad brew, but Iíll likely not have it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2006
""Poured a dark brown color with a creamy head. Smelled of coffee and chocolate and alcohol. Flavor was of aochol and coffee little sweetness to it. good balanced beer. "

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Mocha aroma, chocolate and strong bitter coffee. Tootsie Roll and toffee. Medium bitter hops and smoky sweet malted milk. Nice aroma, sweet and silky. Dark brown clear with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium light carbonation. Starts with thick rich chocolatey sweetness and mild coffee flavor. Finish comes in with more coffee bitterness and maltiness. Bitter finish is muted but paired with some carbonic tanginess and milky sweetness. Smoky meaty notes at finish, too. Pleasant mild nutty sweet after.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1363) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is of some fruits, hops, and cappuccino. Flavor is the same with some malts. An ok brew but not my favorite stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2006
The donkey arrives with the beans. The burlap tears filling the air with the smell of fresh brew. I order the most elaborate coffee from the waiter. He brought me plain drip. drop. water. splash.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle... Clear, mega-dark crimson ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The nose is all about caramel and chocolate. No coffee. The body is full of "burnt to a crisp" malt and unsweetened chocolate. Well-balanced. Full-bodied and astringent with fizzy carbonation. Finishes astringent, medium bitter and dry. Thanks go out to DarkElf for the bottle!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
A thin dark brown liquid with a medium light tan head , definetly not opaque. Slight coffee aroma, not as strong as I thought it would be. The flavor isnít as dominated by coffee as one would think from reading the label...but you do get coffee notes as well as milk chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and a malty bitterness in the back. Thin and well carbonated, this reminds me of Fullerís London Porter than more than Founderís Breakfast Stout. Which I donít really like compairing beers like that, but in this case that is what is really striking me. By no means do I find this as a bad thing, itís a very good and well balanced beer.


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