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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (4897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2014
12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into a pint glass. Black appearance with light sediment. Light brown head that diminishes to a thin ring and leaves light lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, light vanilla and light fruits. Similar flavor, rich and fairly sweet, with light bitterness. Medium body, smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Pretty straight forward stuff, but it works for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours out black with a big tan head that sticks around for a while, this is a great looking beer. Roasted, nutty, and fruity aromas waft up out of the mug. The flavor is quite sweet and fruity, with a fairly low share of roastiness I usually associate with a stout. Some tanginess, from the hops perhaps? Roasted flavors come through in the aftertaste, but as an odd ashy sensation. Decent mouthfeel, not quite up to the claims in the copy but still a pleasant, thick stout.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Light sweet notes. A little roasty. Looks lighter like a Porter or almost a brown ale. Taste is light. Malty. A little roastiness. A little alcohol and a little dull hops. Palate is light but smooth sort of like... plasticy ChapStick note on the finish. Overall this is an OK beer... but its lacking in execution. Hops seem off and its too malty. Also not enough body for a stout... definitely drinks like a porter or even a brown ale. Plastic note kills this finish. Oh well. Its karma for only trusting rate beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alpha10 (574) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
2014/02/20 - Pours an opaque black colour with a two finger, frothy, tan head that quickly reduces to a lingering surface film and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, cereal and cocoa Pours a black color with a decent tan head that fades to nits of lacing. Taste is similar to nose; lots of roasted notes, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky with smooth carbonation and a bitter, slightly drying finish. Nicely balanced, but nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oogiee (70) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
chocolate, caramel, leather, resin, licorice, vanilla, black, brown, white foam, brown foam, medium bitterness, salty, medium body, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, astringent,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2417) - USA - FEB 17, 2014
Light caramel and roasted malts in the flavor. A smooth, mellow, and nicely balanced stout. It is not very smoky, and is pretty light on the palate. The aroma is nothing special, but it does taste good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1983) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pours a black color with a decent tan head that fades to nits of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, trace of chocolate with a bit of bitterness mixed in. taste follows with roasted malt, slightly burnt and bittersweet chocolate. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly full body and nice creamy texture. Enjoyable stout but expected a bit more character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (724) - USA - FEB 14, 2014
Black, good lacing Medium body and flavor intensity, fairly well knit texture, very good length. Moderately high bitterness, not too dry, Roast flavors dominate, coffee, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2014
A near dark beer. It pours a very small head and leaves only a very small trace of lacing. A descent aroma that has hints of coffee, burnt wood, toasted cereal, with a bitterness. Ok flavor that is very similar to the aroma. Not as flavorful as I would have liked it to be, felt a little flat. Had somewhat of a slightly sour finish. I would drink it again if it was offered to me but I wouldn’t seek it out. Not worth $10 a six pack to me. Not bad, not great only ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. Nose is heavy roast, tar, light ash, really nice and brutal compared to sweetened and milky stouts. Brown-black pour with a fizzy light brown/tan head. Watery light body, sweet but not cloying, very light bitterness (surprisingly little, actually) with light acridity and roast. Really, the hard-bop offerings hinted at in the nose just don’t materialize here. Though there is some fruit to bring up the slack (usual suspects and the interesting addition of distinct black currant traces in the finish) and a clean dollop of yeast character. Chocolate and a soft bit on the sides without being oily. Actually ends up being interesting and quite refreshing, just different than expected.

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