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RATINGS: 1061   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
MBG 06. Black, creamy small white head. Very roasty, chocolate aroma - nice. Very milk chocolate taste, creamy. Wonderful dry finish. Tons of flavour. Really nice stuff, I loved this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3097) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2006
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Looks like cola in the glass. Malty aroma with roasted notes and a bit of smoke and coffee. Thinning body. Standard sweet stout flavours - roasty to start, some chocolate and coffee, and a moderately dry finish. Not bad, but pretty unexciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2006 Draught. At 2006 Michigan Brewersí Guild Festival. Opaque brown-black, bubbly, with an average creamy tan head. Roasty and nutty aroma, a wee hint of cola - bitter, decent, not exceptional. Taste is nutshell bitter, roast malt, some dry hops and a hint of molasses in the medium-long finish. Unmemorable body and mouthfeel, somewhat dry, bitter lightly acidic finish - I was left with the impression itís a tad soft and watery, nice bitterness though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9541) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Black body with a small tan head (3+). Sweet mocha aroma with very mild roast. Thin, dilute roast and muted chocolate in the flavour. Average palate needs a bit more body for a stout in my mind. Pleasant but underwhelming. 7/3+/6/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark black body with a medium-sized creamy, tannish head. The aroma is quite pleasant - has chalky fruit, cocoa, and oatmeal. Sour malt flavour with mild chocolate and toffee roastiness. Good. Purchased at Bello Vino, Ann Arbor in April 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
This was a very ho-hum stout. It reminded me of Bellís Java Stout as far as flavor goes, but it wasnít that strong (or interesting). The pour was dark, with a tan head. The aroma was not good at all, and thankfully the taste didnít match the smell. The flavors were plenty of coffee with a little bit of grassiness mixed in. Not a great product in my opinion, and there are much better stouts out there at this price."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle - Pours oily dark brown/black with medium light tan head. Aroma is malty with chocolate and coffee. Palate was not as heavy as it poured. Medium in body with a touch of carbonation. Upfront taste is roasted coffee with some malt present. Follow through is bitter roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate sweetness. Aftertaste brings out dark chocolate notes and more roastiness. Overall this is a pretty good stout with heavy roasted coffee. Not the best stout Iíve ever had, but definitely not the worst.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 17, 2006
"Yikes first from this brewery. Poured a dark brown color okay head. Aroma was weak couldnít pick much out of it. Flavor was weak as well very watered down. Coffee was the strongest thing. ugh not a good showing"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2006
OK stout - nothing to talk about. Definate coffee aroma and taste. Not much of a stout, more of a bland porter. Not a repeat buy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2015 Rating update, six pack, 2015 - darned good oatmeal stout. Nothing weak in flavor or body. Solid oatmeal stout. Rating numbers based on this experience and not the original 2.7. Good stuff. Original rating: Poured a brownish color, not black for sure. The head was almost white, very light tan. The aroma was hard to pick up, some coffee. The flavor was somewhat watered down, coffee the strongest, and light lactic notes at the end. Mouthfeel pretty light. Not a great beer, mediocre at best.

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