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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Reviewed 1/1/2010 (Bottled 10409): Pours a nearly pitch black color body, average tan color head, diminishing. Strong dark chocolate aroma, sweet like a milk stout. Bitter chocolate taste. Sweet. Some bitterness on the end, but balanced pretty well. Some bitter coffee taste on the end. Thick, not as bitter as it warms. somewhat chalky or something.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2010
BQ2010. Pours a black body with thin head and slight lacing. Aroma of malts, slight alcohol, and roast. Flavor is smooth roast, some burnt wood.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
$10 / sixer This is a re-rating. I still feel the aroma dramatically affects the overall rating of this beer, but the flavor is really nice and dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color topped by a thick, foamy tan colored head that settles to nice film leaving sheets of lace on the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, coffee roast, some bready yeast, and a dose of earthy hops on the back end. The flavor follows with the bittersweet coffee roast, dry, dark cocoa, with a hint of caramel malt to add some sweetness. The yeast adds a nice dryness to the flavor and the earthy hops give it a nice bitterness on the backend. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation that sports a dry, roasty finish. I really liked the flavors in this one. Really nice take on the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2010
12 oz bottle from Leukens Dunedin. Pours opaque black with tan head. Nose is roast, earth, black coffee, black licorice, and maybe some unsweet chocolate. Flavor is very similar with noticeable roast, licorice, and black coffee throughout. Some dark chocolate comes about mid-swallow. For an export stout, this medium bodied bear is pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark brown with a firm, tan head. Nose is roasted malts. Flavor is keen on the malts with some spice presence. Full-bodied and satisfying. More mild roastiness on the finish. Really good. More complex than a typical dry Irish stout without going over the top. One could certainly drink a few of these end over end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottled. Filtered deep brown pour with a small, tight head. The aroma is pungent, spongey, vegetal, with mild roast, chocolate, winter squash. The flavor is similar up front, but has a perfectly chocolatey and roasty early finish with a lingering cocoa and vegetal sweetness in the back. Easy drinking and gentle, though there is a bit too much sweet corn up front for my tastes. The finish is just so good, though...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
octo (22) - USA - FEB 1, 2010
my first beer of this style. pours black, with a tight khaki head, smells like roasted malts and kind of metallic, tastes malty, with bitter chocolate on the back of the tongue, kind of burnt. and some light coffee, smooth and easy to drink, given its bigger abv. cool label too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5466) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Multiple drafts at the Mount Holly winter beerfest. Poured a pitch black body underneath an average sized mocha colored head. Aroma was toasty with notes of dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Flavor was great, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malts. Awesome beer that I will buying more of.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
I had this on cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. This was one of the few that was just served straight up and not with a lot of funky additions. Nice roasty aromas and flavors with a pleasant sweetness.


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