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RATINGS: 379   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours deep dark mahogany with a one finger billowy tan head that results in great lacing. The nose is smoky dark roast coffee and cocoa. The taste is floral hops upfront that leads to cocoa and chocolate followed by burnt malt and bitter coffee. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Pretty damn good – better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2009
On tap at Anvil. Pours a rich dark black, with a mocha two finger head. Nose of soft hops, mocha, chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Flavors are the same, with a smooth, but flavorful medium bodied palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Opaque pour with a chocolate head. Rich coffee aroma and a taste that follows suit with a hint of dark chocolate. Long, lingering aftertaste. Not a bad one but it hangs around for a while. Overall, a good, not great, beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a black body with an inch thick, very creamy, beige colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Nothing to complain about here. The aroma is sweet and roasty. Some rich milk chocolates and molasses sweetness, espresso beans and roasts, licorice, and a light dark fruit. Flavor is quite nice. Lots of rich chocolates and more of a noticable molasses sweetness throughout. A good amount of roasts keep this nicely balanced along with some espresso coffees. Licorice, some dark fruits, smoke, and a light hop bitterness complement the sweet and roasty finish while slowly drying and leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium to full body, soft, and very smooth. Overall, this was a very nice beer. I have had some issues with LH in the past, but I liked this one a lot. Lots of flavor and fairly complex. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a deep black color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and some lighter coffee. Tastes of the same roastiness, chocolate, coffee (stronger than the aromas), and some smokiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9996) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (541) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10830) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11681) - 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.

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