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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Fruity, bready and coffee aroma. Totally balck. medium on the palate and i a little oily and velvety. A little sweet. Hops are not that detectable, just faintly bitter on the finish. The malt flavor is perfect combination of coffee, cocoa, molasses and deep roasted malts. Unbelievable for the price. Great value.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pour is a black with a tan head. Aroma is a strong roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is again lots of roasted malt with some coffee and dark chocolate. Just about everything your are looking for in a stout is in this one. A very excellent example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pitch black with a khaki head. Deep roasted chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. Very nice thickness with a good roasted malt flavor that’s balanced by the chocolate quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2009
12oz from keg and barrel in plano. Nice to see this since I didn’t even know it existed. Pours black with a nice stable small creamy tan head. Nose is nicely malted with a touch of chocolate. Taste is chewy, roasty and chocolaty, gotta say this is a pretty good, balanced foreign stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle. Nose is inviting, tootsie roll, slight fruitiness, earthy tobacco and lightly roasted coffee. Initial flavor is the tootsie rolls (brown sugar and dark chocolate) with a nice cookie dough malt thing going. Carbonation is prickly - maybe a little much. Finish is first a nice bitter roasted cocoa bean that turns a little chemical and leaves some slickness. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Drinkable and decent, a bit of a letdown.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Eclipsed chestnut. Dying uneven ring of light-tan bubbles. Ashy, brown sugary nose with scents of scorched malt hulls, burnt cookies, cocoa, charcoal, cola, molasses and prune juice. Soft prickles of carbonation deposit a fuzzy residue on the palate. Harshly roasty and pungent with crunchy char reminiscent of burnt cookies. Suggestive notes of tarry java and smoke. Stiff black malt bite lends considerable acidity as well as some unpleasant phenols. Acidic and astringent, throughout, with very little texture, depth or softness to the grain. Underattenuated, limp and sugary, as well, with sloppy overstated notes of molasses and cola. No discernable malt softness or pale malt nuance to negate the sugariness. Closes acridly with an off-putting mixture of cola reduction, molasses and charred malt. Lots of conspicuous flaws here, namely the poorly cloaked alcohol, limpness of body, prickly carbonation, acridness, stark and unrefined malt character, etc. Down the drain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Black pour with a big light brown head. Sweet and creamy malt nose with chocolate and roasty. Roasty flavor with creamy chocolate, a hint of alcohol, and a roasty sweet finish. Was hoping a bit of the sweetness would fade as it warmed, but it actually became more intense. Still a good brew though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pours dark black with reddish hues and mostly receding tan head. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, fruity esters, rye bread, spicy phenols. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Dark black, hints of brown and red around the edges, short cocoa brown head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and thinner up front with a robust coffee/chocolate bitter finish and lingering licorice. This is a really delicious cold weather brew. Rich without overwhelming the palate, you can easily drink a few of these in a session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Burnt cacao nibs, fresh coffee, tobacco, and blackstrap molasses nose. Jet black color, large foamy tab head with nice lacing. Deep rich sweetness with a long determined, but not offensive, bitter bite for solid balace. Medium carbonation, big body/mouth feel, finish is roasted malts with long warm burn. Really well done Stout, big on deep roasted malt flavors, but not some of the heavy bitterness from the dark malts. All around a very elegant beer.

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