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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 (Rating #5500) Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours clear and maple-colored. Sits black in my glass with a creamy, beige, everlasting head. A decadent mélange of mocha, roasted almonds and toasted cashews is the cornerstone of the bouquet. Full-bodied and velvety with laid-back carbonation. Rich, malty, mocha and cream with moderate nickel bitterness. Bittersweet, grassy finish. Surprisingly solid world class beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (536) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2009
On draught at Beerrun in Charlottesville, VA. Beer is a dark brown/black with aromas of roasted malt and cocoa. Tastes of chocolate malt, hops, coffee and dark bread. Overall a fairly dark stout with nicely integrated hops keeping it balanced nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep black color. Lives up to the name, I guess. Medium offwhite head with decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and light smoke. Taste is bitter hops in the forefront with a sweeter finish of coffee and chocolate. Some smoky and nutty notes with a strong sunflower component as well. Smooth, medium bodied. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10720) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head with good lacing. Aromas of bakers cocoa, charcoal, roasted malt, light plum and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light charcoal and a hint of dark fruit with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured reddish black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth dry texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Pour was dark with a dark tan head. Aroma was of light chocolate and roast. Flavor was a bit complex with chocolate, roast, toast, light caramel, and a semi-strong background of burnt malt. Nice creamy mouth feel and balance. Good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours black into the glass with a tan head. Aroma is roasted grain and coffee. Hint of hops. Flavor is dark chocolate and intense coffee flavor. Really nice bitterness from the roasted grain. Great medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol blends in well with this beer. Love it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2009
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 11.04.09 (I assume, as the stamped mark is terribly smeared). Appearance: Pours an appropriately black body with a fluffy, beige-colored head. Smell: The nose starts quite dark and roasty with some humble chocolate and teeny notes of dark fruit doing their very best to temper the strongly burnt, creosote-soaked barley aroma. Taste: Roasted, charred barley with some sweet layers of creamy, semi-sweet chocolate and dark caramel and unquestionably full-bodied coffee. Very small hint of carbonized dark fruits. Spicy, lightly earthy hops do what they can to counter the sweetness, but, really, that’s already done with that deeply burnt black malt taste. Finishes dry with more than a fair share of well-roasted maltiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Fade to yum! This year’s FtB release is very roasty, sweet, and creamy -- a good nightcap for the evening a fine way to kick off this yearly series.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Tap at The Petrol Station.
Pours a deep black with a nice beige head and lacing. Aroma is faint chocolate malt. Flavor is coffee-ground-heavy liquified chocolate powder with a nice, bitter coffee finish. Average mouthfeel. Nice unofficial tribute to Cliff. Say hello to Cliff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Pours a deep brown black with thin tan head. Nose is toasted malts, oats, maybe some wheat, mild roast and smoke. Flavor is smooth roasty malts, toast, smoke, anise.


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