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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
A good Stout, but nothing special...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2002
Lasting creamy brown head.Dry roasted coffee malt nose and taste.Dry lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Great big fluffy head over a impenetrable black body. Lace is amazing, I can see a ring for every time the beer changed lowered another level. Excellent roasted coffee malt with just th right amount of bitterness. Nice warm full flavor and body with the the right amount of smokiness. A little linear, as their is nothing astoundingly original here, but just an incredibly balanced tasty stout. 2/1/04 - I feel it's important to keep ratings up to date as time passes, because beers change, so after trying a new batch of this is winter of '04 I felt this took a slight turn for the worse. The coffee influence has increased dramatically with a slightly decreased palatability, and I just haven't seen the gread head retention of the earlier batches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 15, 2002
lots of bitter chocolate - almost burnt flavor. little coffee. pitch black. little bit of hoppiness. pretty good - but doesn’t have the complexity of say stone’s imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Dark black color, medium head. Roasted malts, some hop bite. Flavor is full, coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with a slight bitterness. Very similar to the 2000 release. The flavor is slightly less intense, subtler in this release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2002
Taste moves from sweet and innocent to burnt and alcohol filled. A fairly decent stout. Bottle looks bad ass with the five X’s on it. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2002
Dark black in colour, deep roasted scent, light consistency but nice after taste. A respectable stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2002
dark choclaty stout - medium to thick, some coffeee flavors, big head, dry finish. no more can i say other than ’tasty’

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 Dark as the cloudy moon-less desert sky, the head a velvety chocolate crown, the lace a shield against the light. Sweet toasted grains, bitter-sweet chocolate and a over cooked pot of coffee, what the hell else could you say to describe this nose, start is ambrosial, the top thick and chocolate like. Finish has a spiteful hop spicy bite, the acidity stinging, the aftertaste bitter chocolate dry and one damn fine stout in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2449) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 2000: As an Imperial stout fan this is as good as it gets without the high dosage of alc. I am now drinking my last one. It is bursting with flavors. Very smoky, burny, vanilla, bourbon-like sweetness on the palate and aroma, bitter chocolate reminiscent of Rogue Chocolate, heavy, thick body with creamy, long lasting brown head. Man o man.

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