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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Got a bottle of the new batch.Aroma of roastedness and expresso, but not that strong, taste a whole different story; thick almost porter like big taste heavy on the coffee side. Its either very smooth or very low carbonated. Not to sweet.Will buy it if its around here, but probaly wouldn't pay for shipping again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 This is an excellent stout. Opaque dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma of malt and roast. Flavor is somewhat bitter, but comfortably bitter. Thick malty mouth feel. Dry finish. Thanks Buck_Dich!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Pours black, almost opaque with a small, brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate with some raisin. Flavors are similar, though the roast comes out a bit more. Nice smooth stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7870) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2003
2001-2002 Bottle: Nearly back with a medium and slightly foamy dark beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and a hint of malt. A little richer than most Dry Stouts, I like what they are going for with a blend of Dry and Imperial Stout in the body. Coffee flavor really comes through in the flavor, along with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is dry and has a lightly hopped character. This might not be worth all the X's but it is still a good Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Pours a thick opaque black with a thick tan head which leaves rings of lace with each sip. Aroma is mostly roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee present. Body is thick and robust with plenty of sweet caramel malt and a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishes rich and roasty with a mildly sticky bitterness. No noticeable alcohol. A nicely balanced, very drinkable and enjoyable stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2003
2001-2002 - Black as coffee and strong as espresso, a huge creamy head that never quits with incredible lacing. Big, full bodied chocolate flavor, that was very thick and creamy and very tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2003
Definately a hairy arsed stout, full body, thick like a milk shake. Strong roasty aroma, burnt chocolate and coffee, full of similar roast malt flavours. Excellent stout, but lacking the guts of an Imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 2002-2003 release. Black. Caramel/copper head. Strong caramel, licorice, and amaretto nose. Motor oil consistency. Mellow but incredibly robust smoked firewood flavor: licorice, chocolate, cafe mocha flavors. I simply can not find anything wrong with this beer. Milky and creamy finish. What an incredible stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Feb 2002, draught. Went to Pike Brewery with some friends and got the sampler. I was pleased by the other five beers, but devastated that I only had six ounces in a little toy glass of this beauty. Luckily, one of my companions became a friend forever by giving me her XXXXX Stout! I don't know if the beer's lack of a head came from the fact that they had to put together 4 samplers and bring them to us, so I can't rate the appearance a 5. Next time I'm in Seattle I'll pick up a growler for a more scientific tasting process. It's a beautiful beer, though. A rare sunny day in Seattle in February, and I could barely see the sun through this near-opaque beauty. This is the beer that made me fall in love with stouts. Hell, I think it may have made me fall in love with beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
2002-2003 Edition The color was black as a coal mine.Nearly no head at all.Roasted malt aroma with a sweet malt,spicey,fruity aroma as well.Mild hints of chocolate as it warms with an even milder hint of alcohol.Whoa this is good stuff malty mildly sweet taste,coffee,slightly smokey and a very,very mild fruit presence,there is also a slight hop presence that shows itself at the end of the taste.The after taste is malty slightly bitter with a dark chocolate,coffee bite.This is a fantastic brew and i wish i had bought more then one.

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