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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Not for the faint hearted! Our stout rewards the palate with robust flavor of roasted malts (malts are roasted like coffee beans) and heavy hops. A creamy smooth surprise.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Pours blacker than any oil I want to see come out of my car(it does look like oil from a vehicle long overdue for an oil change) and has a smallish and very dark brown head with fair lacing(although the head is almost nill after a short time, it laces all the way down). Body is opaque like an imperial stout. Aroma is molasses and soy that have been roasted and strongly and of prunes as it warms. Sweet front with caramel malts and prunes as it warms; interesting middle of a fight between caramel and heavily roasted+toasted coffee(coffee is nearly lost to the roastiness of this brew) fight for rank and some prune flavor joins in, with a well balanced finish where the caramel(with warming prune too) and bitter roastiness balance out nicely, actually leaving a lightly sweet taste on the tongue, like just a touch of sugar while maintaining the roastiness. Mouthfeel is lovely, although carbonation is a bit light, yet still semi-silky with big, stoutish bubbles. Body is fairly thick and heavy, just as the pour looks. Overall: very pleasant, incredibly black and a nice stout to keep around. 9/9/2007 Well, after a few years of experience, this stout seems to be dropping in my eyes. Still a solid beer, but too light on body and a little weaker than what I like overall. Nothing more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 5, 2004
Coffee dominates the aroma, everything else is just hidden. Thin mocha head. Very smooth, almost seems like a Porter, but I guess that is why it is a sweet stout. Tastes like cold coffee, with chocolate, very little noticable hops. very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
Pours an inky black color with a nice fluffy caramel head. Slighty roasted aroma. Nice flavor of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and hop bitterness. Nice rich body. As I drank this 22oz, I liked it more and more. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Bottled. Poured a pitch-black color with a brown head and great lace. Flavor was full of chocolate and coffee, and a tremendous roasted kick. This is one BIG beer, and a damn enjoyable one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 This is a darn good stout that is a lot cheaper than the high end ones and better than most of them. For only 5% ABV this packs amazing flavor. This beer is all about dark roast bitter stout. Nothing sweet about it. A good brew. I recently had this on tap and it was pretty much the same as from the bottle, so I was a little disappointed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Great stout! Sweet and roasty - sugared coffee - chocolate underneath, and right down the center of the tongue, and floating away at the finish. Black body was smooth, oily and even creamy. (thanks slikwilly)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Lovely opaque ebony pour with a dark tan thick creamy head. Medium-bodied and smooth all the way down; leaves your palate desiring nothing. Hoppy enough, but it's missing something in the flavor area...I think it could use a little more body and maybe a little more malts. Overall, though, it was an excellent stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Very excellent stout, pitch black in color with a very nice thick tan head, very robust, hints of coffee & chocolate, roasted hoppy aroma, rich & flavorful, creamy mouthfeel, a bit dry as well, very enjoyable stout

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (955) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
A standard stout that rubs shoulders with some of the best imperials out there, this is the Lost Coast 8 Ball stout. Dark as sin, thick as hate. This beer is all about the roast, massive, bitter (in that oh so good way), a Italian espresso (the kind with grounds at the bottom of the cup baby). Dry as the Mojave Desert this is, it coats your mouth like tar and just doesn't let go. Is it clear that I really, really like this beer?!?

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2004
oh wow, this beer looks great when its poured. very very dark, thick tan head. roasted hops smell as well as taste. some chocolate in this too. a great stout, this is very close to sam smith oatmeal. goes down smooth and leaves a great aftertaste


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