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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Very dark brown opaque with a malty and black aroma. Amazingly thick, very black flavor with a long black finish. Available around Christmas


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Draught at The Trappist. Black with a tan head. Piney hops and roasty aroma. Great dark chocolate flavor with a strong piney and citrucy hop flavor as well. THey said this was an English style winter warmer and I have to agree that there was nothing Belgian about it. This walks a fine line of dark malt and hop flavor combinations, but the chocolate flavors go quite well with the hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap toronado. Very dark and malty with lots of hop aroma. Just an ok brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Orion1800 (51) - Piedmont, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Good looking stout. Though strong, the alcohol was masked by the smoky malt flavors. And the hops were quite well balanced, floral and a bit spicy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
(on-tap @ Cato’s) pint is a not overly dense, ruby-tinted black poured in a very full glass so no head, but a tan film hangs in there and leaves good lace. prominant floral hop nose on top of a very pretty chocolate maltiness. flavor is full of creamy dark malt character, blended with a spicy, floral hoppiness. nicely balanced, easy to drink beer. I would have to say this is not a belgian-style ale in any sense.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2007
On draught at HopYard. Pours an opaque dark brown with a lasting tan head. Very rich, creamy mouthfeel and surprisingly big body. Rich malty flavor with a slight molasses character. Slightly dry finish and late hint of alcohol. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
aroma is devilish. white lacing remains on glass walls. flavor is molty, hoppy and bitter. leaves a clear well balanced bitterness on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Tap at the Toronado. Black with a fairly small head. Now this puppy tastes intensely of malts and to a lesser extent chocolate. It is medium bodied, lighter than the color would indicate. Again, I could not make out much of an aroma except some maltiness.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
On tap at Toronado. This black ale poured with almost no head. The flavor is of roasted malt and treacle, with a lasting bitter finish. Overall, a very pleasant and rich brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Cask. Blackish beer with a nice beige head. Caramal malt and some roastiness in the aroma. Caramel malt, roasty, and then a nice bitter hop (pine/citrus) flavor. Nicely balanced. Easy to drink. Rich, velvety mounthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 9, 2005
Hand Tap @ Barclay’s. Pours a dark burgundy brown color with a small ring of head around the glass. Tastes like a hoppy, semi-sweet stout. Chocolate, coffee flavors with a hint of spiciness and punch. The hops really come out in the finish, which detracts from the overall flavor of the beer. Thick mouthfeel. Flavor improves as the beer warms. Kind of a surprise, but definately enjoyable.


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