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RATINGS: 1086   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 April 2007. Black body with a moderate brown head that fades. Mild roast malt aroma. Fairly bitter flavour, with a surprising amount of hops rather than roast domination. Average palate. Not as robust as some, but subtle and extremely drinkable. 7/3/8/3/17 - 3.8 <P>RBSG 2005. Black body, moderate khaki head. Acidic hoppy aroma. Flavour has a mild touch of acidity over a good helping of dark malt and a lightly dry finish. Medium bodied palate. Auction beer. “It’s like he’s playing leapfrog and can’t quite make it over. Come on boy, you can do it!” 7/4/6/4/14 - 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 The Lure:
Towering foam protects grapey yeast esters and vivacious malt roastiness. A plethora of white yeast chunks slowly reach the bottom, this one is undoubtedly alive.

The Festivities:
Big, round bubbles boost the iImmensely complex interplay of fruity yeast esters amidst the sticky, lip-smacking candies, vanilla and molasses. Roasted malt bitterness lifts it all to higher glory, as alcohol warming sends you deeper into your sofa. Imaginative, flavorful, and expertly brewed, what else could you expect from Tomme Arthur?

A museum must be considering an exhibition of this artist’s splendid work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2015 My new scores are about in line with past tastings. Opaque with a creamy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of rasin and prune, chocolate and coffee, smokey and roasted malts, belgian candi and earthy yeast esters, and a hint of port. The taste starts fruity and twangy with a heavy malt foreground. A woody, sublime smoke, and vinous finish. Some almost brett like super twang on the aftertaste, quite dry as well. The initial feel was lush but sort of thinned out after awhile. Nice and different, got a Mikey Likey score and is worth the effort to try one for yourself. Not your traditional Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2582) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 Dark brown. Light hazel, lily pad foam of putty density. Saliva-inducing aroma of molasses-drenched hops, cookie dough, espresso, and roasted malts. Vinous to a degree, with port and red grape notes. Becomes finely textured as the airy spritz condenses. Vinous acidity initially buckles the cheeks, softened by a punctual raisin flesh center and thickset fudge cake malt structure. Hop bitterness overrides the roast, which is mellow to begin with. Husk notes come and go, but adds some fluff. Feisty yeast yields a flash of spicy phenols. Meaty molasses and crushed black malt meets a butter rum oil base to compound the throat-coating creaminess, which enables the alcohol to effortlessly slide down. Finishes brimful of intertwined malt flavors and well-attenuated for its size, with hints of char and harsh tannins accentuating the dryness. Although it’s currently beautiful & vinous, I imagine it will become [overly] sour and rampant with carbonation with more age, being that it already possesses some harshness/sourness and a briskly carbonic edge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Murky and black with burgundy highlights; thin tan head seems to reactivate easily. Yeasty, vibrant nose. Smooth body; lively carbonation. Big chocolate, yeast, dough, earth, some wine, and a zippy-spicy note. Hint of sourness and a mildish bitterness. Nice level of alcohol, hidden pretty well. Good stuff. RERATE, 2008: Dark as night. Dark-fruit nose. Thick and rich on the tongue. Bold notes of coffee, dark chocolate, grass, bitter cocoa, maple syrup, tar and molasses. Heavy sweetness. Some bitterness almost balanced things out. Nice roastiness factor. Tinge of burnt, too. Pretty tasty beer, but a bit too sweet for my tongue, and a bit cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7125) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011 Bottle (2011 batch). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (nearly opaque, flashlight tested), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate, coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a light note of vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Surprisingly simple aroma, not much else going on other than roast and some chocolate. Decent mouth experience, though...rich and balanced for its size.

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