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RATINGS: 364   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4284) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, beige colored head, and black in color. The smell is smokey, bbq, nice, some sweetness, meat, and good. The taste is chalky, malt, roasty, meat, ash, smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
12 oz bottle. Black in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts, smoke, coffee, burnt toast. Taste is of smoke, roasted malts, light burnt toast, coffee, and dark chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3076) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Foreign stout style. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1578) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle.
Glass: Tired Hand pub glass.
Appearance: The body is an opaque chestnut with a tall and foamy tan head.
Aroma: The aroma comes off a bit cocoa prominent with a roasty smoked edge to it. The aroma has some strength to it and smells appealing.
Taste: Mildly astringent from start to finish with a robust malt base that comes off a tad dry, mildly smokey, moderately roasty and matched by dry cocoa. There’s some base malt to back this, but the specialty malts shine here.
Palate: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated.
Overall: Wow, this is 8.5%? I had no idea. This is a great bargain stout if you want a semi-dry roasty/smokey/cocoa prominent stout. There’s a dash of astringency, but man Left Hand knows how to make a stout.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
12 oz bottle into glass. Very good aroma, little to no head. Pours a rich dark blackish brown color. Hints of licorice up front with coffee notes creeping up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3576) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Le nez est bien rôti. Il y a du café mais surtout des grains qui fument. Ils me semblent aussi légèrement brûlés. Mélasse ou caramel foncé, du pareil au même. Trace de réglisse. Les saveurs sont fidèles aux arômes. Une douceur caramélisée/chocolatée se précise. Bien rôti, encore une fois. En bouche, le corps m’apparaît être dans la normalité. La texture est huileuse. Les bulles s’activent. La finale est pleine de café chocolaté, un peu terreuse et amère, il va s’en dire. Délicieux breuvage.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2119) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Black with beige head. Aroma of roast, caramel, chocolate and slight smoke. Taste is roasty and a touch smoky and bitter, kind of rich but not really sweet. Medium full bodied, semi dry and pretty smooth. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerm719 (124) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Huge nose of roasted coffee, dark cacao, vanilla bean. Espresso, marshmallow, earthy hops, balanced. Light carbonation. Pretty darn good !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (730) - CROATIA - NOV 19, 2014
Tap; pours black with tan head; aroma is coffee and chocolate with molasses and roasted malt; taste is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and hints of dark fruit and molasses; has a bitter finish; good beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (4315) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Smoke and charred oak nose, good strength. Black, thin yellow head, some lacing. Charred oak, savory, salty, licorice, but not sweet. Charred oak finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nicely done.


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