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RATINGS: 383   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1999) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2009
nice black pour with ruby highlights when held up. Thick creamy looking head. Aroma is quite nice, good roasted malt. dusty chocolate. A hint of earthy hop and burnt malt bitterness. deep roasted malt leads into the flavour, a touch of dry bitterness. The alc is very well blended. A little thin in the body towards the finish. Still very nice. Left Hand is starting the tradition off nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Very good F Stout -- the balance of hops and smoky malts was very nice. This had an amazing amount of flavor with a not too strong ABV- very DARK and much better than Guiness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle sampled at Grapes of Mirth Winter Beers Tasting. Excellent nose of roasting nuts a hint of coffee and some bitter chocolate. Flavor was sweet cream, roasted nuts, even some toast, and a hint of chocolate. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4013) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
On tap at Ginger man FW. Smells strongly of roasted chocolate and warmth. Upfront bitter chocolate. Dries out immensely. Rich roastedness. Could use more chocolate flavoring all the way through the end.

   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 (9735) - 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 (10077) - 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!

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