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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5265) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Black, or at least very dark brown, with a loose, foamy dark tan head. When I bought this, I thought it was Swarzbier, now I see that its a foreign stout. That makes sense. It smells black, if that makes sense - oreo cookie, coffee, a bit of dark chocolate. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some fruity notes. Surprisingly crisp finish, as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Single bottle buy from Binny’s, Orland park, Illinois: This poured a nearly opaque dark brown body with a dense tan head. The aroma was roasty dark sweet malts with a splash of molasses. The flavor added a touch of aniseed, roasted barley, and a woody bitterness. Dry finish. Actually pretty nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to swalden28. Notes of burnt coffee, burnt brownies, dirt, and oreo cookie crust. Medium weight with a lasting finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Brown bordering black body with a small eggshell head that leaves nothing but a wispy reminder. Aroma is of cocoa, roasted coffee bitterness, and ash. Similar flavor with a little malty sweetness included. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2009
(bottle). Black color. Small tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma and flavor. Long duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours deep black with ruby-brown highlights and a medium-thin tan head that fades quickly (though not completely - a thin tan ring remains and persists) and leaves subtle dots and legs of lace on the glass. The aroma has a wonderful buttered-toast-with-coffee sort of rich roastiness - like well-roasted freshly-ground coffee beans. There is a subtle hint of sweetness and cocoa in the aroma, too. The flavor starts roasty with subtle malt sweetness, bitter chocolate, light earthy hops, and hints of dark fruit. The fruity esters are not overwhelming, but are just noticeable enough that, combined with subtle roast acridity that almost tastes acidic/tart, give subtle impressions of raspberries near mid-palate. Mid-palate is roasty - almost burnt - with black coffee flavors and subtle toasty and chocolatey malt tones. The finish is dry and roasty with a balancing and firm earthy hop bitterness. Nearing the end of the glass, it tastes like Count Chocula cereal, but with coffee instead of milk. The mouthfeel is very roasty - almost acrid/ashy - with a nicely balanced level of bubbles and a medium-full body. There is a subtle astringency from the heavy roast that you can feel lightly coat the entire inside of the mouth -- not unpleasant, but rather hardy and bold like a Turkish coffee. Overall, a very decent export stout that is thick-thick-thick with roasted barley.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle from Sam’s. Pours, well, black, with small beige head. Nose slightly smoky like a schwarz. Lots of chocolate malts as well. Tastes similar, but with bitter ashy notes as well. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle thanks to good old Georgie boy. Lots of coffee and roasted malts in the nose. The flavor is good and exhibits the previously mentioned flavors nicely. Just a tad of sweet condensed milk behind it. The creaminess is there, but I would have liked to see more. A little added complexity wouldn’t hurt either, but not a bad beer at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3525) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Very dark brown pour with slight, tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, oreo cookies, licorice. Very strong, dry chocolate flavor. Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, dry tasty finish. Pretty good for Left Hand.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1385) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
12 ounce bottle, bottled on November 4th, 2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch brown head that went away pretty quickly. Lacing is good. The aroma is molasses, coffee, smoke/burnt/charred malt, and some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with a bit of licorice noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth and not hard to drink at all. Also, the alcohol is well hidden. Overall I think this is a good beer, I’d buy this again in the future. It’s a good beer for a cold December day!


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