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RATINGS: 576   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Deep Dark body, just a hint of brown around the edges. Thin, light brown head. Looks good... Way roasty nose w/dark chocolate notes, espresso and alcohol. Rich, smooth and surprisingly strong. Dry, roastey, super stouty finish: coffee beans, alcohol, lots of bitter cocoa and a hint of rich smoke. I just can't believe that something this good comes from 4 ingredients. WOW

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Semi-sweet aroma with strong hints of coffee and smoke. A solid appearance of a well rounded stout. Flavor is delicious with this beer, it's subtle and creamy like an oatmeal stout but has a little bite like an imperial stout, the best of both worlds! Very dry on the palate, overall a solid drinking stout, I could have 10 more of these!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2003
sweet oaty aroma, looks pretty stouty, solid body, dry and hoppy, then choclate covered coffee bean with a bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2003
Black, witha tan head. Very nice roasty aroma, smooth palate, and good roasty malt flavor. The best I've tried from Pike.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 12, 2003
Sampled from 50 deg to 55 deg F.
Pours a deep dark brown color with a dark tan head. The aroma went from intense smokey to a nice raosted coffee bean, bittersweet chocolate, hops bitterness character. The flave was at first intense smokey and woody, and then became more chocolate in character...some hops bite...definite roasted coffee bean tone. The feel was, as the bottle says, velvety, silky smooth. Interesting stout. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
I had this on tap in Seattle, but I'm rating from the '02-'03 release bottle. This is a black beer with a dark head. Bitter chocolate, almost raspberry truffle flavor. Nice roast flavors and very well balanced. Great stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Good roasted aroma with nice deep color in the glass. Starts off great, but leaves a little harsh hoppy flavor at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Dark beer, nice pour, good head. I found the taste to be be strong, but mildly offensive. Too much kick not enough finish. Bad palate and had probs finishing the glass...

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