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RATINGS: 353   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 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
BITTERNESS: 30
SRM: 80.0
AVAILABILITY: October 15 to January 15


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkSachon (585) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Rte. 8 in Pittsburgh. More harsh than smooth, the bitterness of this beer overwhelms any advertised silkiness. I would have liked a smoother and sweeter taste for this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (624) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint can big elm glass, pours a dark black with brown hues. Head is light brown, light, loose bubbles, 3cm ring, some lacing. Aroma is a mixture of matl bases grass, sweet coco, dark molasses and dry chocolate. Taste is dry and slightly bitter coco, malty satisfaction comes in the flush going down, with dark choco drifts and mild sweet coffee, maybe decaf, holding reigns. Body is adequately deep, satisfying and rich, but not overlly syrup thick rich, nice, dry, malt bases backbone rich. Bitter and dry finish leads me back for the inviting roasty coca hints from the beginning. will it go round in circles?

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours a dark black almost like oil, with tan head. Roasted malts, cocoa, and some dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with an interesting roasty note.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-26-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black colored brew with a billowy tan head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly to give a nice level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is quite nice and delicious. It is heaviest of a good deal of coffee some sweet caramel and some chocolate aromas. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a oatmeal as well as vanilla aroma. Taste – The flavors begin with a strong roasted malt and oat flavor mixed with some sweet caramel flavors. As the flavors advance further vanilla come to the tongue. These linger along and as the taste advances more toward the end with some flavors of a bitter coffee flavor coming in. In the end, with the roastiness fading a bit, one is left with a pleasant, dark yet somewhat sweet flavor left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. A little bit more creaminess in the body would have been better for the style, but considering the abv. and drinkability that is afforded by the brew, it is overall quite good. Overall –A quite tasty and balanced stout at only 5.7 % abv. The blend of flavors and their transitions are all very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlueRidgeMatt (39) - Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Good stout. Black color of course. Good aroma and thick creamy head. Well balanced malt flavors with tones of dark chocolate and oatmeal. Fairly hoppy finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3768) - - OCT 28, 2012
bottle. black beer with a large, fluffy, tan head. black malt and chocolate malt in aroma. bitter dark chocolate flavors. body is medium-full and carbonation level is typically in the middle. a nice beer, not the sweetest, but nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopTsing (426) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2012
From the bottle poured a dark coffee brown brew with a thick, dark brown head. Aromas of malt and hints of chocolate. Well balanced flavors of malt and hops. Plesantly, mildly sweet and full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3646) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Black/purple with thick tan head. Scent is smoke and coffee. Taste is creamy coffee and dark chocolate. A very pleasant stout,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Aroma is nice, smokey, burnt malt. Hints of coffee. It has the mouth-feel of an oatmeal stout while tasting like a smoked porter or imperial stout. The taste of smoke is subdued, so not offensive. The bitter hop finish that reminds me of an imperial stout isn’t overdone. I don’t get the coffee as much upon tasting as I did in the nose. Overall, a good beer that I can appreciate, but I prefer milk stouts and heavier imperials. The only thing really lacking is thickness in the mouth-feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1015) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head that leaves lacing. The aroma is malty chocolate. The taste is generally smooth as described but has just enough bitterness towards the finish that really makes this beer stand out. It’s very smooth with just a little bit of a bite. The chocolate is subtle but certainly detectable. This is one fine stout!


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