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RATINGS: 597   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 15/20
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Release 2003-2004: Pitch black colored with a little head. Smokey nose. Thick smokey and licorice taste. Bitter finish. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Deep dark black color and a thick dark head that thins out in color and size. Nice strong chocolate smell, and and some smoked coffee feeling to it as well. Mouthfeel is a somewhat oilyand has a good presence. Overall smoked chocolately flavor and a good hearty aftertaste. Goes down easily, and leaves with a small bitterness that makes you want another one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
I'm ticked. I just wrote one of my most detailed reviews a few hours ago and then I deleted it. Forgive me for slighting on this review as I'm doing it completely from memory. Poured about as black as any beer I've seen with a tan head and minimal lacing. Tastes great and *very* complex. Not as hoppy as most Stouts but not out of balance at all. Coffee, toffee, a bit of citrus as well as some fruits like apricots. Mouthfeel was good and had a nice subtle mineral moutfeel to it. Drinkability was great as this was one of the better Stouts I've had. I'm kicking myself for not getting a few more of these from Liquid Solutions while I was there. This is well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2004
It was the Great Mastertrader Sham that supplied me with this stout! My buddy Sham must really enjoy Mastertrading, I think he Mastertrads whenever his women goes out of town. He’s also a damn nice guy, Thanks for the beer Sham!

Release: 2003-2004
Pours as black as the night in the jungles of Borneo with a fluffy toffee colored head of foam. The nose introduces notes of toffee, raisins, mocha, and cappuccino. The flavor is VERY toasty! Highly kilned chocolate malts, oily French Pressed coffee to no end, a bitter / sweet shock to the palate on the first sip! Rather smoky and chocolaty…. Large suggestions of oak and even some bourbon like submissions. Probably the most black coffee resemblance I have ever had packed into a beer, and I like it!
The palate is phenomenal, Creamy as chocolate moose… and that’s GOOD Stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2004
2002-2003: Opaque dark brown - almost no light escapes from this beer - with a large frothy khaki head. Amazing aroma of roast, chocolate, espresso, molasses, berry and soy. Somewhat woody and musty. Medium slightly creamy body with soft carbonation. Intense roast flavor with vanilla, cocoa, smoke, and espresso with a small berry note in the finish. Excellent. Another big thanks to Slikwily for sending me this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2004
2003-04: Black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and a little fruit. Flavor starts our fruity and finishes with coffee and smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 Very Black, with a thin brown head. Aroma of coffee and burnt toast. Intense coffee flavors, with a hint of chocolate, but the palate is the real attention getter. This is rich and smooth, with a mellow hop bite. Very drinkable, especially for a beer this rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Bottle pours a coffee black with light brown sudsy head.   First things noted would be the cocoa aroma.   Sour up front, bitter in the middle, with a very dry/chalky hoppy finish.   Ash/Dust texture lingers.   Some roasted malts and mild unsweetened chocolate, but otherwise nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Opaque with frothy tan head and brown ring, good lacing. The aromas hint of smoky burnt dark and chocolate malts, espresso, touch of molasses, mild berries, aromatic hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is bitter and twangy, coffee and chocolate at the forefront (piney notes show up at the end). Undertones of peat and salt, wood, and chalky yeast. The finish is a tad too short but some bitterness and smoky characters do linger around a bit. The mouthfeel has a crisp and lively nature, very dry. Interesting to say the least, more a dry stout than anything else, and a darn good one at that. Be ready for a surprise, a love it or hate it brew. Not an extra stout however. Another stout via Acrodizer, thanks buddy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Very nice roasted malt aroma. Not overpowering, but very precise. No off aromas here. Pours very nearly black. Carbonation is light but a good thick tan head forms and sticks around awhile. Nice roasty malt profile up front with a noticeable, but not overpowering hop presence in the finish. Nice and roasty throughout. Creamy, with some notes of dark chocolate and coffee. This is a well made stout that warms you up on a cold January day.

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