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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A black opaque ale with rich creamy roasted malt character and a very mild hop complement. This beer may look a little scary but take a sip and you’ll see why this Extra Stout can convert even lite beer drinkers to Stout lovers. A unique flavor profile that starts with a slight coffee flavor and finishes with a hint of roasty chocolate. Try a pint with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream. This beer is a favorite as a compliment to any dessert or as a hearty breakfast drink.

Hoss' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
This is an excellent stout, It pours well and has that coffee aroma. it has the substance that good stout needs and does not have any of the acid that some are afflicted with. I recomend

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4148) - BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2016
One of Mad River’s beers named after the ’steelhead’, apparently a local name for the rainbow trout. Medium thick, creamy, tan head breaking in the middle but otherwise retaining well, over a jet black beer, not even letting any light through at the edges - clearly a lot of dark malts went in here. Very pleasant ’sniffing’ bouquet of chocolate sauce and ’fondant’ chocolate bars, cocoa powder, cappuccino, vanilla beans, stewed beef, coffee powder, cinnamon, subtle hints of damp pipe tobacco, gingerbread, kahlua, smoldering Cuban cigar ashes, horse steak, English Christmas cake, hazelnut paste, dried banana, black pepper, wet leather. Creamy onset of ’deep’ basic sourishness nicely paired with restrained raisin and fig sweetness as well as meaty umami - the classic onset of any good stout, I’d argue. Carbonation remains very soft, supporting an oily, creamy, thick body, built on a thick layer of immediately toasted bittersweet malts which turn more roasted bitter in the end with black bitter chocolate and even aromatic black coffee flavors, but do not lose a thin trace of caramel sweetness for balance; this malty bittersweetness with more roasted bitterness than caramelly sweetness dominates the finish, where a dash of peppery, spicy hops is thrown in and eventually a faint but noticeable glow of ’non-obnoxious’, soft and rounded, generic alcohol joins forces, while delicious cocoa and vanilla impressions rise up retronasally. After swallowing, the ’dull’, almost metal-like sourishness of roasted barley sticks to the throat as a reminder that it was indeed a stout you just poured down - along with lingering black coffee flavors. Satisfying, aromatic, well-bodied and tasteful stout, rich and filling while technically flawless: this is very accomplished. In terms of substyle: too strong and too creamy for a dry stout, I guess this qualifies as one of those non-historical new American ’double’ stouts. Whatever it is: nothing extreme here, but so well-balanced and that I would still recommend it to any stouthead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (14732) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2016
12 fl.oz. bottle. Pours very dark orange brown colour with a mid-sized tan head. Aroma of sweet mild roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, lacto. Taste of sweet milky roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee and lacto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1100) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2016
Pitch black with a medium height tan head. Roasted malts, a bit of vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8800) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 14, 2016
355 ml bottle.
Pours jet black color with a large beige head. Chocolaty sweet aroma, lots of malts, subtle hop notes and faint coffee. Flavor is also chocolaty, sweet malty, some faint vanilla notes, mellow coffee bitterness and caramel. Very thick malty body, sweet finish. Very nice and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
M4grem (11) - North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2016
Very good stout. On the verge of thick like other strong stouts but not too much. Rich malty, nut and grain flavors. Really nice carbonation and good bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (5947) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2016
355ml bottle. Jet black colour with average, creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige to tan head. Salty, sourish, dark chocolately, roasty dark malty aroma, fishy notes of shrimps, hints of soy sauce. Taste is spicy, roasty dark malty, slightly sourish, notes of soy sauce, dark chocolate, a touch of vanilla. Infected?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (7668) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2016
29/II/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: n/a (2016-248) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige to brown head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very rich, mocha, coffee, roasted, bit smoky, molasses. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very bitter, hoppy, roasted, coffee, bit sour, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa powder. Aftertaste: hoppy, bitter, very roasted, sour touch, fruity notes, more sour, coffee. I like stouts with a slightly sour edge to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomgorm (47) - maroubra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2016
Not a stout drinker, but this had a great array of flavours. Poured very dark with aromas of coffee and chocolate. Actual bitterness is not at all intimidating, and initial flavours include a softer fruit and spice behind the mocha. I’m not converted but it’s very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1124) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 24, 2016
Pitch black colored, opaque, small to non dark tan head, non lasting. Aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted malt, coffee. Taste is medium to light sweet malt, chocolate, bitter chocolate and roasted malt, dry bitter chocolate low+ bitter finish, lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied, soft to flat carbonation, creamy. Easy going and quite enjoyable. (bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OrthoDoc (119) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Nothing special. I'm new to the style so maybe try again once I get more stouts under my belt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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