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2013 & 2010 Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category.

That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Volume 1 - Foreign Stout - Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
eszpee (16) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 14, 2012
Almost nonexistent foam. Roasted malts in the smell, nice creamy palate, and a beautifully delayed spicyness well after swallowing. I think flavored beers are for those who don't like beer, but this one is a very smart exception. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3166) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours solid black with no head. Aroma of coffee, chicory, roasted malts, chocolate and hints of brown sugar. Medium bodied, especially for a stout; feels more like a porter in the mouth and finish. Nice, slow, roasty finish. Very good stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/9/10. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a jet black with a thin tan head on top. Retention is lacking, but it leaves some lace and webbing on the glass edge. Scents of oats, Cheerios, cocoa, and faint coffee. About what I expected. Great smooth and creamy body on this beer. Subtle carbonation on the tongue, but the creaminess just washes over the palate. Flavors are simple but very good. Chocolate flavors right off the bat, some mild espresso bitterness, and a dark fruity finish. This is a great beer. I downed this one easily enough and could have another. The alcohol presence, though higher, is not prominent. Recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Poured dark blackish with 2-finger tan head. Nose was roasty chocolate and patent malts. Tasted roasty malty, with choc and black patent, some molasses, dark fruit, and finishing hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricktop86 (558) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2012
A good beer with a nice balance I prefer the milk stout but this is still a solid beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuzz (750) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2012
iíll start by saying.. i love this beer..full thick and creamy. no carbonation smooth long fine finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
makyo (52) - Alabama, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Really different spicy smoky pepper flavor. It was a little overpowering for me. Really too much going on to be a regular drinker. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scipio (685) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle. Very dark appearance with little head. Nutty and chocolaty aroma, but it is not very strong. The taste seems to be similar to the aroma. It isnít bad, but I donít find really anything special about it. It seems to be a bit watery and lacks any real aftertaste. I can find better options.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1414) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Pours a deep dark black/brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Smooth medium body. Would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1652) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2012
This beer is most definatly not retired. On tap at the dutch pours a jet black with nice foamy head. Full body with nice roast and chocolate. Well balanced with hints of flower. Yum.

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