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RATINGS: 1057   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 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 (3009) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Bottled, no date. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a large (quickly fading) beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a little nutty. Flavor roasted malts, some smokiness, coffee and bitter chocolate. Slight roasted malt bitter finish. Nothing amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4919) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Re-rate: Nice, un-muddied sweet stout aroma. Vinous/fruit tones in the aroma. Improved label. Clear, though almost opaque rootbeer brown with a tallish but sparse khakit head. Good CO2 balance, good roast, lightly sweet with coffee. Clean finish (with some chalk,) medium body. Aroma is very complex. Bumped the rating up a little. Old Rating: Hoppy, tangy, dark malt aroma. Cascading brown head, deep clear ruby brown-black. Bad clipart label. Hoppy west coast style. Tangy, porterish, clean and balanced. Not as robust as say, 8 Ball or No. 38, but in the same vein. Medium body. Finishes medium long and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TerryR (390) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Murky brown with a tan head that quickly fades away. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malt dominates the taste with notes of coffee followed by a lonf dry chocolate finish. Chewy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1461) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Pours a very dark brown color with medium tan head. Aroma is strong of chocolate with hints of coffee and caramel. Flavor is the same with a nice sweet, malty finish. Also has a nice flavor of roasted malts to blend well with the other flavors. A good stout.

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