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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark brown with a firm, tan head. Nose is roasted malts. Flavor is keen on the malts with some spice presence. Full-bodied and satisfying. More mild roastiness on the finish. Really good. More complex than a typical dry Irish stout without going over the top. One could certainly drink a few of these end over end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottled. Filtered deep brown pour with a small, tight head. The aroma is pungent, spongey, vegetal, with mild roast, chocolate, winter squash. The flavor is similar up front, but has a perfectly chocolatey and roasty early finish with a lingering cocoa and vegetal sweetness in the back. Easy drinking and gentle, though there is a bit too much sweet corn up front for my tastes. The finish is just so good, though...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
octo (22) - USA - FEB 1, 2010
my first beer of this style. pours black, with a tight khaki head, smells like roasted malts and kind of metallic, tastes malty, with bitter chocolate on the back of the tongue, kind of burnt. and some light coffee, smooth and easy to drink, given its bigger abv. cool label too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5233) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Multiple drafts at the Mount Holly winter beerfest. Poured a pitch black body underneath an average sized mocha colored head. Aroma was toasty with notes of dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Flavor was great, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malts. Awesome beer that I will buying more of.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3411) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
I had this on cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. This was one of the few that was just served straight up and not with a lot of funky additions. Nice roasty aromas and flavors with a pleasant sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3045) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Sampled at High Street Grill Winter Beer Fest. Real nice potent brew with a pretty balck color and tan head. Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose and flavor. Crisp finish for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a brownish black with a thin tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a touch of lacing.

The aroma is sweet grains, lactose, chocolate, tobacco and roasted malts.

The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate with a little lactose and coffee. It has a tarry bitter finish that is almost mouth-puckering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent foreign style stout. A little on the tarry side for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Pours an opaque black color with a light brown head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, brown sugar, toast, and slightly earthy. Flavor is chocolate, toast, chocolate, caramel, some smoke, and a bitter spicy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Tap at The Diamond. Pours a light black with a big beige foamy head. Nose is coffee and roasted malts. It’s a thin mouthful that almost reminded me of iced coffee. The front starts mild with some coffee notes, then continues with more coffee and a bitter finish. That was the impression with it being served quite cold. Having read the commercial description, it’s sort of like a winter beer that is gettjng ready for summer. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2010
POurs deep black. Has notes of licorice up front. Dry dark chocolate and a roasted coffee mouthfeel drive through the finish. Cool stuff.


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