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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popephred (249) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured from the bottle. Very small, quickly diminishing head of tan foam. Dark brown body. A dusky aroma of molasses and roasted coffee greeted my senses upon first sniff. This stout was of medium sweetness and was fairly unassuming otherwise. As is typical with this style there were strong roasted notes with a developing chocolately sweetness. I cheated myself on this brew by not allowing it to warm slightly before sampling it. Allowing this stout to warm slightly gives it a chance to fully develop itís flavor. The aftertaste is akin to the feeling your tongue gets after drinking 8 espressos, not that thatís a bad thing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Pours very dark with a deep crimson hue when held to the light; it also has a good sized sudsy tan head. The aroma has vanilla, cream, roasted malt and acidic berry flavors. The taste starts with the roasted malt, sharp berries and light cream. the finish is more bitter and shows some lactic acid. An okay stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Black with no head. More chocolate than coffee flavor. Roasted malts with just a bit of a bitter finish. A bit thin. A nice complex easy to drink stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Bottle from Samís, Durham. Nice to have this brewer in NC now. This is a fine session stout, with a nice looking dark body - opaque, modest carbonation, minimal head - and a pleasing aroma. Sorta standard in most ways, the malts and mild roast youíd expect from the style. But just because it doesnít exactly announce itself doesnít mean it sucks. In fact, the smooth palate and moderate flavors make it pretty enjoyable; itís not a meal. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2008
bottle. blackpour with thick forthy tan head. sweet aroma, mollasses, oats, sour malts, cinammon, floral. body is a bit thin. although sugars are not intense the flavor is a bit harsh. coffee, bitter, mild chocolate and oats through finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to Blazer06: Poured a reddish black with no head. Aroma is a mix of oats, roasted malt, and chocolate. The taste is a watery sweet chocolate and roasted malt, light hints of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bpreo (1519) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Iím guessing the poet is Edgar Allen Poe, and the bird on the label is the Raven. Iím a smart one, should try out for Jeopardy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3466) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
12oz bottle from Chipís in Kill Devil Hills. Pours darkest brown in color, just about black, with a creamy two-finger light tan head that leaves a ring. Pretty good aroma, with toasted graham cracker, roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is dominated by stale graham crackers, but besides that itís a nice beer besides that. Roasty with slight dark chocolate notes. Just a little empty on the finish. Medium bodied with a rather average mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. I enjoyed it overall but probably wouldnít choose this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2010 A dark pour produces a thin to moderize sized tan head. A thin layer of foam stays on top. At first the aroma seemed a bit strange. Malty, grassy, oats, nuts. After it sits in the glass I pick up coffee. Char and roasty flavors that arenít strong but linger for a bit. Coffee stronger up front with chocolate showing in the finish. Smooth oats mix in. No thrills here but decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle via trade. Appearance is dark brown with a light tan head. Cocoa aroma with rich sweet chocolate. Powdery sweetness on the nose. Flavor is a dry sweet chocolate with a bitter bakers chocolate finish. Slightly watery on the finish.

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