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This stout is sheer beer poetry. Let it warm to about 45 F and pour it into a glass to fully experience its rich, roasty flavors and hints of coffee and chocolate. One glass and youíll agree: The Poet is truly a rich, creamy brew of epic proportions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle. Deep chestnut colored with ruby hues. Tan head lingers for a short while and fades nearly completely out. Standard roasted malt aromas, nothing really jumps out and grabs my attention. Flavor seems to run the same direction. Fair, a safe bet, but not inspiring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2005
12 oz bottle: Deep mohogany brown w/ a lasting, but small, light beige head. Aroma starts chocolatey w/ some roasted coffee notes and figs. Hints of caramel sweetness; sweet malt, and a little bit of burnt malt aroma. Only hints of alcohol. Well balanced, but to just the sweet side, and seems balanced more by the bitter dark malts than hops. However, there is a burnt, acrid finish and aftertaste that is just a little unappealing. Some caramel and hop flavors with a little bit in the dry finish, but itís mostly a burnt malt flavor. Lighter body, dry borderline astringent m/f, slightly resiny, well hidden alcohol. Not a bad sweet stout, but too dry, resiny, and burnt for my taste buds for a beer of this style. Actually seems more like a dry to IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Near black, but just slightly reddish. Thin, creamy head. Coffee and roasty aroma. More of the same in the taste with an unexpectedly bitter and dry finish. Full and creamy body. There may be just the absolute slimest hint of cherries for the sweetness, but really, Iíd consider this a dry stout. Eh, either way, Iím not complaining: ítis a grand stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Has a mild roasty tone in the nose and taste. Gets somewhat sweet then finishes on the dry side, medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Opaque black with creamy tan head. Aroma is somewhat roasted but a bit thin for a stout. Flavor is a nice medium feeling roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Its smooth in flavor with a good bitterness and an easy finish. I get some dusty chocolate warmth in the finish to end it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Overall a very good stout, just overly hopped. Poured a big rocky brown head, that eventually thinned to a lacy rind. Not much nose, but a pronounced roasted aroma that led straight to the mouth. Big roasted flavor with chocolate and coffee. Very dry and heavily hopped (Chinook?). Bitterness rocks out the palate, and leaves me wanting some complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
On Tap at the Map Room in Chicago:

Damn. This is nice. One of those great session brews that gets overlooked because itís "only" a session brew. Just a wonderful, creamy stout with loads of american hops and plenty of roasted flavor for the stouties. I could drink this all night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Dark black with a good size light brown head. The head doesnít last past my pondering the aroma. Smelled of dark malt and leather yeast. Feel is medium-full, slightly creamy with a soft chalky finish. Roasted almost burnt coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. Good, but not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 From the bottle. Black body. Large light tan head. The aroma is rich chocolate and coffee. Hints of coffee creamer. Slightly sweet. The taste is light coffee and not nearly as sweet as the aroma would have indicated. The mouthfeel is grainy with some dark bread. A nice light stout that would be a good session brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Ok Cheri I think this beer missed the bus myself. Well it has a black appearance. A faint to almost non exist chocolate aroma. Some sour notes with leftover coffee, grapes, and some charcoal. This one was a bit on the thin side and nothing horribly impressive. Overall ok

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