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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long forgotten shadows of the human soul.

Our inky-black stout had a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.

TYPE: Stout
YEAST: English Style Ale
HOPS: Apollo, Goldings
MALTS: Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Munich
ABV: 5.7
GRAVITY: 15.00 Plato
SRM: 80.0
AVAILABILITY: October 15 to January 15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2744) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass showing a black/brown color with some ruby highlighting, brownish tan, "bubbles & cream" head froth, and ribbony cling to the lacing. The aroma was roasty, with light grain, chocolate, with some smooth creaminess, and a hint of sweetness. Flavor notes were similar, with moderate hop bitterness that possessed an earthy & citrusy astringency, and some lingering nature to it, and decent malt content that generated a lightly creamy mouthfeel. Better than medium bodied, flavorful, with the astringency resisting to bite, even as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajtrupp (296) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Probably the best use of bittersweet chocolate I've noticed in a beer. What kind of English nerd write that description? And I say that as an English nerd. It may not always look like it, because I've noticed a lot of my reviews have error. But that's only because I'm drunk by then. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
llambeth (3) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2013 does not count
Dark black with a tight tan head. Roasty malt aroma and taste with coffee and light chocolate notes. Kind of a thin body and mouth feel. Overall it is a good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle from Winter variety pack. Dark brown pour with a thin, tan head. Dark chocolate, cream and licorice aroma. Bitter cocoa and roasted malt flavors give way to a weak and bitter coffee finish. Average carbonation with dry texture. Body is a little thinner than you would expect. A middle of the road dry stout in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2013
From bottle. Aroma is chocolate, malt, caramel and licorice. Taste is bitter chocolate and licorice. Bitterness at end. Smooth stout, very good. Silky rich taste. Overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13041) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle at home in Salisbury. Pours.ear, rich red-brown with a frothy, fading tan head. Nose has toasty and bready malts to go along with a dose of milk chocolate. Medium sweetflavor with burnt popcorn, milky chocolate, some strong roast and filter coffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and silky texture. Decent balance to finish, some chalky cocoa, earthy bitterness, charred malts, wet leaves, burnt toast. Starts a bit awkwardly but finishes well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5320) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle from Ales and Lagers, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin tan head, an oily consistency and some broken lace. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee and liqourice. The flavour is strong bitter with a big liqourice, malty, creamy caramel, coffee, chocolate palate. Very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (6103) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2013
35cl bottle courtesy of and shared with JMGreenUK. Thin off white head. Clear black pour. Malty aroma. Malty coffee licorice taste. A lovely stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (859) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
12 oz bottle. The pour is a nice black, with a thin tan/khaki head that fades quickly with no lacing. The aroma is different to say the least. It's really sweet smelling, with no real defining character. Hints of chocolate and coffee are drowned out by the sweetness of the nose. The taste isn't bad, with the chocolate taking the dominant role, but everything else is somewhat bland and disappointing. The mouth feel is a bit thin, and the after taste is less than desirable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2589) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
November 2012. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Rich, smooth with a bitter finish. Not bad.

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