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RATINGS: 354   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7659) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
12oz bottle, from Dutchís. Best by 9/30/15. Pours a black color. Good thin light brown head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Great roast malt, dark chocolate, earthy bitter hop, and coffee aroma to this. Mild hint of smoke. Wonderful aroma for a stout, very my-style. Medium to bigger body, awesome chewiness, nice full feel. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Mildly slick. Awesome bigger bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. A fantastic, delicious stout. Iím glad they brewed this again... Itís probably my favorite Iíve tried from the series thus far. Hopefully they do volume 2 again next year (last of the 5 I havenít tried yet)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Deep brown with thick tan head. A: chocolate malt, coffee, toffee. T: same, heavy on the malt. Bittersweet. OK, but nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate, nuts, licorice, and plum. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, licorice, light chocolate, not and dark fruit. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (994) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is Roasted malt smokiness, vanilla and coffee. Roasted malt and sweet caramel malt start with vanilla and coffee. Finish dark chocolate bitterness.really nice.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (76) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. Smells of chocolate and molasses. Medium body. Taste af coffee and toasted chocolate. Very nice ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2361) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2014
12oz bottle from Crossroads. Pours black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of charred malts, smoke, dark chocolate, and earth. Taste is much the same with lots of smokiness, roasted black malts, and hints of caramel and vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2569) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
10/10/2014. From bottle. Black with a tan head. Chocolate, licorice and coffee aromas with a hint of smoke. Bitter hops at the end. Nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1773) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Lots of chocolate and char with caramel and an earthy finish. Medium body and high carb. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (937) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Served on Nitro-tap at Alís of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall light tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving sticky webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, light smoke, and a bit of dryness. A tiny bit of booze comes thru as it warms up to room temp. Nothing too over the top, just your typical dry export stout.

T - Lots of dark roast up front giving way slowly to a mix of coffee, light smoke, and earthy dryness. The flavors blend well to form a well balanced stout. Finish is dry with some lingering dark roast. It really isnít anything mind blowing but it is a very solid beer.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, dry, feel with plenty of lingering dark roast throughout the finish.

O - Pretty good. I liked this one, the flavors are well rounded and it is quite drinkable, but it really wasnít anything mind blowing, just a solid export stout. It fits the style to a T.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1120) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Rebooted new version. Pours a deep dark brown to black with a decent mocha head that settles to a ring and leaves some spotty, soapy lace. Nose involves rich dark chocolate, some noticeable but not overpowering roasted coffee notes, some minty herbal hops, suggestions of oak and leather, touches of black currant. Pretty sweet flavor, fairly bitter also. Medium toward full bodied, pretty oily, softer carb, slippery, finishing toasty and warm and toward dry. Really nice brew, well executed, layered and complex, but also imminently drinkable.


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