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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 winterís 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 7, 2012
Thick, rich pour. Coffee colored head. Not overly bitter, decent stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4004) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
A very nice pouring really dark beer. Cleanish stout olfactory. Wew, a little strong at first but I think it starting to mellow immediately. Perhaps borders on imp stout on the slug but each swig has the same metamorphis; strong impact followed by a smoothing effect. Roasty partially burned old campire wood after a breif wet rain. Dense but not thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4005) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours a nice piceous black with two fingers of crackling mocha tan head. Laces nicely. Nose shows some bitter chocolate and roast with a touch of fruit skins and diacetyl. Medium bodied with a very soft (almost absent) carbonation. Flavor is nice enough, would have been better supported by a more present mouthfeel. Fruit skins and bitter dark grain show the most, not too much going on here but itís nice enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ContemplateBeer (1526) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle from a local friend. Aroma is mostly light/moderate roast, coffee and very light bitter chocolate. Appearance is black with thin mocha head. Flavor is almost all roast and coffee with some resin; the chocolate is really muted. Palate is rather thin and slick. Very drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a medium creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is astringent (almost plasticky) chocolate malts with roast.

The flavor is lots of patent malt with heavy roast and a little sugary, lactic sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, watery and lots of roasted patent malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2607) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 33) body.....nose is coffee, light chocolate.....taste is slightly sweet, coffee, chocolate, finishing with mild bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation high with a huge foamy mouthful. This is a pleasant nicely balanced Stout. The bitterness is low for an American Stout and the sweetness could make it a Milk Stout. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2082) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2012
12oz bottle from Walmart - pours dark brown with a finger of beige head and thin lacing. Nose is roasted malts and praline. Flavor adds coffee and herbal hops. Flavor is moderately sweet and subtly bitter. Decent. Dry finish. Heart of Darkness? Conrad would not approve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (246) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2012
The aroma is more apparent as it warms, kind of a deep coffee brandy. Rich and roasty, not too thick. Myriad malty flavors play well together- coffee, chocolate, burnt toast, and carmelized dark fruit. Sweet/dry finish with a little too much unfermented malt flavor (lactose?). Still, quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoberDave (130) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
The beer presented initially with a fizzy head, which sadly dissipated quickly. Had a weak malty aroma. Creamy/ hoppy palate with a hint of chocolate. Decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark ink-like black with a light to medium off-white head. Aroma has some nice creosote notes, a touch of unsweetened bittersweet chocolate. Great stout flavor with some bittersweet bakerís chocolate, a hint of black coffee, a brief licorice note. Nice, dry chalky mouthfeel. Pretty decent.

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