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RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 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 (9439) - 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 (7133) - 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 (739) - 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 (8598) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - 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!

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