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RATINGS: 594   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Black Coloring with Tan Head. HEavy Load of Sweet/Dry Barley. Pretty Crazy Tasting Stout. Really Sweet Barley Taste That Quickly Becomes Bitter and Dry at the End. Syrapy Mouthfeel. Really Tasty but Wimper at the Thought of Having Another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Black color with a thin head. Interesting aroma of barley and black currant. Totally unexpected flavor that reminded me of madiera. Sour and malty with a strong bitter finish. Syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2005
05-06 bottle. A somewhat average stout. Maybe I should have let this sit a little while longer, but I couldn’t help myself. The aroma is a little light. Mostly semisweet chocolate and some roasted toffee. Can toffee be roasted, or does it just melt? Very roasty mouthfeel. A little bit of hoppiness and some chocolate join in as well. Thanks Secret Santa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 ’03-’04 Version - Nice black body with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts w/coffee and chocolate. Burnt malt flavors and bitter dark chocolate with maybe a hint of smoke. Excellent Beer

   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 don’t 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 can’t 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 (813) - 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, i’ve always wanted to drink from a bottle with lots of x’s on it, feels like the cartoons

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1802) - 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 Pike’s neighbor, Starbuck’s. What I liked about this stout is that it wasn’t 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 (14042) - 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

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