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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy light tan head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of burnt toast, toffee, coffee bean, oatmeal and smoke. There’s also a bit of sweet lactic creaminess present along with the deep roasted sweet bitter dark chocolate notes. Deep roasty chewy body that’s on the fuller end with a strong dark malt character, slight chocolate sweetness, lactic creaminess and a bone dry finish. Pretty complex with hints of roasted espresso bean, bitter sweet dark chocolate malt, lactic cream, burnt toast, oatmeal and toffee. Way too roasty and bone dry and not very well balanced. There’s a lot going on but only a touch of sweetness. Too one dimensional for my liking but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12750) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Pours black with a small tan head. Aromas of sweet toasted malt and perhaps a touch of coffee. Full bodied with striking carbonation. Flavor is smooth burnt malt with a touch vanilla and some chocolate. Arguably coffee in the finish. It does end mildly astringent and a very little bitter. Pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2979) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Rich coffee aroma with a beautiful dark almost black appearance and perfect head. The strong flavors of roasted malts and coffee are rich and smooth making this an excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark, chestnut brown color, with hints of darker mahogany. A thick and frothy head settles slowly to a thin but lasting blanket, leaving a dense, bubbly, sheety lace coating on the glass. The nose is really roasted, showing dark barley, baker’s chocolate, and coffee, with a healthy quotient of earthen hops and toasty, bready, Belgian-esque yeast. Flavors mainly follow suit, rich, roasted, and bittersweet. Dark, dry cocoa and mocha make for the biggest component, just a touch of caramel bringing in a hint of sweetness. Earthy hops are staunch and potent, and the drying, foreign yeast falls right in line. Medium-full in body, the palate sports a prickly carbonation that gives way to a drying, somewhat ashy finish. I really dug this one quite a bit. It’s a nice American interpretation of a Belgian stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2009
on tap-pours a light brown head and dark brown color. Aroma is rich dark malt-molasses/chocolate, secondary earthy hops. Taste is rich dark malt-molasses/chocolate/ashy/burnt, secondary earthy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snmalouff (9) - Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2009 does not count
A coffee aroma with a black colored appearance. Medium bitter taste with a chocolate and nutty hint. Full body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (614) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Pours dark, inky brown, with a medium beige head, very fine ands lasting lacing. Aroma of toffee, toast, nuts, and chocolate. Medium-full body, porter-like, slightly chalky but not unpleasantly so, zesty, mildly dry. Flavors of chocolate, molasses, coffee, toast, cashew, pepper, slightly grassy. Medium bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2009
12oz bottle, thanks 17thfloor! pours black with small off white head around the rim. aroma has roasted malts, coffee notes. flavors have roasted grainy notes, a very slight sour fruit notes in there too. fizzy mouthfeel and thin-med bodied. not a bad stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Pours a dark black with nice carbonation and a small tan head. Beautiful dark chocolate, coffee, light toast and a touch of toffee sweetness on the nose. Lightly sweet with the taste of the chocolate and coffee. Also some noticeable alcohol. Finishes with a toasty bitterness that stays with you for a little while. Actually lighter on the palate than the color and nose would hint at. Fairly easy to drink even at 8.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1893) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12oz bottle. Very drinkable stout. Pours deep dark black (as the name infers) with a nice creamy head and good lacing. Slight smokiness with strong malty overtones. Not spectacular but still very good

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