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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring, leaving chunky rings of lacing. Roasted malt aroma that is very hoppy for the style with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee, oatmeal and toffee. The hops provide an earthy pine presence with a bit of citrus sweetness. Pretty hop forward for the style with some nice roasted chocolate malt flavor. There is a sweetness from the bitter dark chocolate along with some citrus peel, orange and lemon with some grapefruit notes. The roastiness of the malt is really well balanced by these flavors. There is also a bit of oatmeal, coffee, tofee and burnt toast underneath. Alcohol is very well masked. This is a very unique beer that I enjoyed. I usually donít like stouts that are hoppy because they are usually very dry and piny, taking away from the silky viscous malt mouthfeel that I enjoy but this beer has a completely different sweet citrus hop profile that compliments those flavors very well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2907) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle - Pours a thick, creamy tan head atop a black pour. Thereís lots of booze on the nose, though itís sweeter than Iíd expect. Thereís a touch of dark fruit in there too. Taste is sweet too, with caramel and a roasted malt finish. Thereís some good heat that compliments the sweetness well, but overall I wanted it a little darker and nastier. Still solid, with that medium-full body and creaminess Iím looking for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Sweet malt with a savory saltiness like soy sauce. Tickleish hoppiness. Faily typical, but well done and hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of Gillard poured into a tulip. Pours close to black in the glass with a big beige head that leaves decent lacing and leaves a solid cap for a while. The aroma is oddly sweet with licorice being the dominant smell. Maybe itís slightly oxidized, but the dark roasted malts are in the background. Thereís also some sweet vanilla and chocolate sweetness as well. The taste has the same initial sweetness that featured in the aroma with lots of caramel, vanilla and licorice. There are lots of dark sweet malts with a slightly roasted character. Very, very sweet overall. The mouthfeel is slick and on the lighter side of things as RISs go. There is very low carbonation and a very sweet aftertaste. This one disappointed me a little bit and came across much sweeter than I was expecting. Itís a decent beer overall but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 12oz bottle. The aroma is warm and hints at the big chocolaty alcohol within. The taste is quite smooth though. When I had this at the bar, I estimated it was around 8.5% or so. Creamy, mellow carbonation and very little hop character. Smooth, drinkable, challenges the sipper notion. Malty, almost a touch lactic, traces of Milk Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle wife got or me from Wis. Good roast and nut aromas. Black body with tan head. Alcohol hidden but alot of sweetness appartent. Some molassas and nutmeg in the flavor. Carbinated beer not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Tasted 6/11/09. 12oz bottle. Pours opaque with a deep super dark brown hue. Layer of beige head. Roasted aromas. Maple and nutty aromas. Full bodied and big! Big roasted malt flavor. Alcohol is prevalent and makes for a grapey vinuous nuance. This is thick and rich. Subtle bitterness, but good acidity. Mildly estery. Good, but a bit hot. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of roasted malt and wood as well as lighter notes of soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty combined with notes of roasted malt and lighter notes of soy sauce and wood. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of pepsica/iowaherkey. Clear dark brown with a warming reddish hue and a beige head. Aroma of hard roasted malt. Medium body, sweetish hard roasted malt and some vanilla. Subdued bitterness. Very drinkable. 290509

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2009
Blind tasting at PapsÝís
Very dark, almost black color; medium head. There is some dusty aroma of roasted malts, barley coffee, light acidity. Good mouthfeel, quite smooth, but also too acidic, with quite strong roasted malt flavor, but a bit too dry and sour at the end; strong chocolate flavor too; the final is a bit creamy, which elevates a bit the fortune of this beer.

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