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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Very dark brown opaque with a malty and black aroma. Amazingly thick, very black flavor with a long black finish. Available around Christmas

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kespecial (219) - - DEC 14, 2014
On tap at the Trappist, Oakland. Very solid, smooth, unusual Christmas beer. Almost black, with small tan head. More of a smooth stout; Belgian style is subdued. Dark caramel, roasted malt, plum, hint of raisin. Kind of thin, but really drinkable. Would get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2015
draft. A standard christmas ale. Spiced and sweet. Heavy on the sweet slide and unbalanced. Thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 10, 2002
Hmm... this doesn’t strike me as a Belgian Strong but as a type of Death & Taxes, Pliny The Elder ’Dark Murky’ style brew. The color is a very dark brown with a caramel colored slim foam. A roasty cascade aroma is contained in the glass along with hints of sweetness and suggestions of dark molasses. Lots of malt flavors - more dark malt and something almost worty, semi-dry, very bitter. Tastes sweet but it’s too clean to have much residual sugar. Some tannic green tea and wet coffee i nthe finish. Sits in the stomach like a rock. A nice dark, muddy and slightly dusty brew. I like this idea.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Burnst cocoa and roast notes early on. Not very Belgian. Very little spice some pepper and molasses. grat over pancakes mostlikely. Some black tea and acidic notes towards the end. Piney hop bitterness does not work with the specific malt, some Biscuit and special B, I would guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
negligible, black head. slight coffee notes on the nose. highly carbonnated, with burnt malt and coffee flavors]

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