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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A full-bodied beer with deep chocolate color, velvety malt texture, and a dark-roasted flavor, with hints of smokiness and coffee. It combines the dryness of traditional Dublin-style stout with the strength and character of Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 2005-2006 release A decent stout. Pours dark with small head. Coffee aromas. Thin feel. Good taste, slightly smoky. Nothing outstanding but plesant. 8/4/6/3/14

2006-2007Wow. New recipe for sure. Aroma still dominated by coffee, but a hint of sourness. Much more hops in both aroma and flavor, like the 3F Black Sun. Dry and slightly bitter at the end. Thicker in the mouth as well. I like the change! 7/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 I donít know why, but this beer taste way better than it smells. It smelled of hops and rotten, infected beer, yet it tasted so divine. I poured a deep, dark black drink into my snifter. I let it warm a bit took a whiff and WHOA, this beer has gone bad..... or has it? I took a drink and to my pleasant suprise a i got a mouthful of chocolate, roasted coffee, smirling smokey caramel, and a good dose of finishing hops. I just canít understand how a beer that smelled so foul could taste so good. Another mystery to explore.........

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
big dark tan head, black body, not a lot in the stank dept. good bitters, roasty and dry, chocolately, oddly tart, iíve always wanted to drink from a bottle with lots of xís on it, feels like the cartoons

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle - Limited Release 2005-2006: This is a stout worthy of props. It is a thick black color and the head resembles dirty motor oil bubbles. Cool! The head is also fluffy and the lacing is clingy, like a cheap suit. The aromas fill up the nasal cavities with burnt malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are equally tasty: chipotle like roasted flavors with a strong espresso presence like Pikeís neighbor, Starbuckís. What I liked about this stout is that it wasnít too sweet - it had a semi-bitter aftertaste. The feel is comforting as the thick & creamy liquid ricochets off the inner cheeks and down the throat. This one is definitely in my top five for stouts. Yummalicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle. Pitch black color. Meager brown head forms and then fades rather quickly to a slight ring. Aroma of kalamata olives and dirty ashtray initially. As the beer warms it takes a more pleasant aroma of moderate smoke and wood. Medium bodied and quite smooth as Oakes notes. Lower carbonation level which is befitting. Pleasant roasted grain flavors. Not overly astringent, decent hop levels. Chocolate and dark coffee. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Shiny ebony colour. The aroma is richly roasty with light fruitiness and hints of citrusy hop, toast. Smooth as hell, with gorgeous Belgian chocolate notes, cream, vanilla sugar, Yunnan coffee. Most of the bitterness is roast it seems. Great foreign style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Draft. Blackish beer with a thin cocoa-colored head. Malty/roasty aroma. Malty/roasty flavor with some coffee and a bit of residual sweetness. Some bitterness present at end. Full bodied and very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewDad (5120) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 OK Pike your back on track now. This was what I am looking for in a Stout. Black and huge roastyness. I loved the overall flavor and you just got this one right. The body I needed a fork to finish. Hello awesome Stout in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
Vinous grapes and cocoa in the aroma. Opaque dark brown with ow brown-tan head that lasts nicely and leaves some sudsy lacing. Roasted malts are overwhelming with very little residual sweetness of a powdery cocoa-like nature. Medium body is fairly dry and well-attenuated. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, sausage, and fruit. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, fruit, and hops. Unique stout.

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