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RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Everything but the kitchen sink…Great Western Premium Two Row, Wheat, Carvienne, Caramunich, 95-115, 135-165L Crystal Malts, Chocolate, Roasted and Black Barley and Pale Chocolate. We also add some Brown Sugar and some Dark Belgian Candi Sugar to boost the Original Gravity. The beer is hopped with East Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Challenger. It is unfiltered with an OG of 1.094 and 10.0% ABV. Proprietary Ale Yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle, 2006. Holy Smokes what an intense beer. Pours pithc black with a small head. Very intense aromas of roasted malts cacao. Flavors of toffee, roasted malts, cocoa and a slight smokiness. Very full mouthfeel with a bitter finish. Did I mention that this is intense?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown, black, very thin light brown head. Aroma is spice, coffee, chocolate. Taste is bitter coffee, berry, some pine from the hops, some smoke, cocoa powder, molasses and alcohol. Nice and creamy, thick, lively mouthfeel. I think this one would benefit from sitting for a while, a little too hot right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle, thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours opaque black brown, tan head. Aroma is anise, molasses, coffee, pine. Flavor is molasses, coffee, caramel, pine, bitter, smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2007
22 oz bottle, sampled courtesy of xnoxhatex. Thick pitch black in color with a tan ring of head. Aroma of burnt roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. Strong chocolate and roasted balery flavors, lots of chocolate cocoa, and milk chocolate. Thick and creamy. A tasty beer fresh, i’m sure it would be pretty amazing in a couple years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 (MANY THANKS TO NAVEN FOR THIS VERY SPEIAL BREW 2006 BOTTLE )so i just bought a house,moved boxes all day,and figured i could use a ’’’’little help’’’’ from santa on a nighcap.pours black as black can be with a small brown head that fizzed up and quickly faded.the aroma was smooth but complex.smoke,chocolate,dark fruits,roasted malts,and cherries filled my nose.i took a few good sips so i could really grasp the flavor.smoke,roasted malts,dark fruits,chocolate,pine hops,and powdered cocoa all made up the smooth but complex flavor.mouthfeel was semi-thick and the palate was long lasting.as far as cellaring this id say drink them fresh,MAYBE 6 months would smooth it out even more but no longer.this is damn good and i hope p.p. makes this a year round thing.(2008 BOTTLE.)i dunno if they changed the recipe or i just changed my tastebuds.but this is even better than i remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 22oz bottle, released 12/06, thanks to xnoxhatex for the sample. pours pitch black with small tan head. nose of isn’t much, some roastiness, chocolates, coffee, perhaps the freshness prevents more aroma from coming through. flavor has some really fresh rounded out roasted nutty taste with chocolate. perhaps too fresh and raw. hop bite finishes with some sweet chocolate notes. alcohol well hidden. can’t wait to see this stuff age! 3.8.

1/21/08, 2006 vintage aged about 16 months. pours dark brown with very small off white head that never got nice and creamy. the aroma has roast, chocolate, dark fruits, and toasted nuts. flavor is chocolately, roast, sweet dark fruits. really balanced and the hops have mellowed. carbonation is smooth while the body has a velvety feel towards the finish. this age has really mellowed this out and refined it quite a bit. i don’t think it’ll get much better with more time but possibly it’ll peak between now and 2 years.4.0.

11/7/08 - 22oz bottle. 2006 vintage, aged 2 years, age added some smoke character to it, but this is still rough around the edges and all hops lost. not something i’d age.3.7.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
This had an average head,but good for a stout.Color black with no light shining thru.Aroma was somewhat light of roasted nuts.It has a taste of burnt nuts and coffee.slight chocolate flavor.Tad sour.I don’t think it is sweet as stated by other reviewers.I don’t like things too sweet.This is pretty good,but the port truck stop stout I had on tap the other night at the brewery in Carlsbad was far superior.This one has more alcohol content.So, I guess if you want taste ,look elsewhere,if you want good taste and getting drunk look here!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bomber: Pitch black stout with perfect amount of tanned foam up top. Aroma is a mild delivery of chocolate roasted malt with a dash of spice added. Very sweet in the flavor: chocolate, vanilla, cream, and a big dosage of alcohol. This really is Santa’s big helper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Trade with real420. UPS delivered it to the wrong house. When I got it it was still cold so I drank it as soon as I opened the box. Very dark brown in color with tan head. You know, I was hoping for more from this beer. Anyway, rich malty chocolate aroma with some mild hops coming through. The taste was the same with this weird after taste that I can’t put my finger on. Basicly simi sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts. I’m going to lay a few down and see what happens. Thanks Brian

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Aroma of chocolate and alcohol. Some sugar. Dark black; brown head. Flavor is syrupy and thick. Smokey, chocolate, sugar and some oak flavor. Fairly complex. Pretty good.

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