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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Yes, Arthur, there is another stout. Our Irish-style dry stout is brewed with four different malts, roasted barley and whole Chinook hops. We think itís the best thing this side of St. Jamesí Gate.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoostIPA (1108) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Hand bottle from a tasting. Pours a clearish deep brown/black with a tan head. Very hoppy in the nose, along with a shitload of coffee. Very impressive initial taste, but it became cloying very quickly. Decent flavor, but too sweet to be world class.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2012
5/9/12. 22oz bottle thanks to Arin! Black pour with a nice khaki head. Nice coffee aroma with dark chocolate. Nice coffee flavor with grains and roastiness. Reminds me of a dry Irish stout (well, I see now itís listed as such). Not bad!

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AdamJackson (2105) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Thanks to a generous Southern NH trader who sent me this. Kept it around for a week, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass at 55 Degrees F.

A - 1-Finger dark leathery head subsided to a quarter finger. Dark brown to black pour, reminds me of cheap motor oil.

S - Gigantic mal smells. Roasted and smoked malts with a bit of chocolate and german bock scent. Mild hop profile

T - Coffee and cocoa come through first, mild bit of wood but a fleeting sweetness and sour taste that hurts the beer at the back of the tongue. Starts off great, dies down fast to a bad taste.

M - 80/20 carbonation, light body

O - Smell and initial taste are good but this beer is no B in my book. Not worth having again and disappointing.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4026) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured viscous black with a moderate, off white head. Bready malts, hints of roast and cookie-like sweetness. Cocoa, mocha, ash, smoke, mild bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilnatp (508) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Bottle at Darkness Day 2011. Great beer with coffee and chocolate. A bit of wood or smoke too. A buit thin though

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2011
22oz bottle from Thirdeye11
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dried chocolate and bitter
Taste: Dark malts, sour, dark fruit, bitter and medicinal
OK, but didnít enjoy the sourness at all. The appearance and aroma was great, but taste was not pleasant, maybe I got a bad bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma is full of dark roast, coffee, faint chocolate, burnt grains and toffee. Appropriately black in color with a lasting, uneven, light tan head and plenty of thick lacing. Flavor follows the aroma very closely, roasty, toasty, very gently sweet, malt utterly dominating here, not much hoppiness to speak of. Now that I see this is for sure a Dry Stout, that certainly follows. Creamy and smooth on the palate, body is light-medium. Some lingering charry malts and dark sweetness late. Fairly straight forward, but not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Dark brown pour with a gray white head. Aroma and flavor of coffee primarily. Also some mild smoke and chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnnnniee (2042) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Pours a respectably dark brown/black color with a thinnish tan head that I had to coax with a vigorous pour. Roasted coffee and caramel fill my nostrils along with powdered dark chocolate and a hint of toffee. Taste is roasty and creamy almost like a sweet stout rather than a dry. Chocolate and coffee mixed with caramel and toffee. Longer lingering roasted coffee bitterness mixed with just enough sweetness finishes every sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Another great brew from the folks up at the Portsmouth brewery.


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