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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 (3876) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3536) - 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 (1491) - 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 (3457) - 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 (1715) - 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 (3746) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottButler (13) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Looks and smells the part, but falls short once it hits the tongue. Fairly thin and ordinary. From tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2113) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2011
12oz bottle from grub.
Appearance : Deep black with a small creamy head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Coffee and grain. Light caramel with light toffee. Light chocolate.
Taste : Coffee and toffee. Thin body. Light caramel and chocolate. Finish dry and a bit mineral. Light coffee and raisins. Some grain. Finish is a bit metallic. Light fruits. Slight buttery notes appears once in a while... maybe Iím crazy.
Overall : Very light and quite drinkable. Nothing very exciting. Nice raisins on finish but a bit too mineral. Thin palate with rather soft carbonation. Nose is a bit too thin and finish too mineral/metallic. Gets less metallic with time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scarletfire65 (904) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2011
12 oz. Bottle at home, poured into a pint glass. Jet black with large, creamy, tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, raisins, and plums. Body is a little thin, but strong carbonation. Flavors of coffee, cream, oak, milk chocolate. Very silky smooth middle from the oatmeal, and then finishes with very slight hop bitterness and more dark fruit. Kind of simple and a little too thin on the palate. Slightly watery feeling. Average.

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