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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A smooth and creamy stout made with lactose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 Draft at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a pretty much pitchblack opaque pour, dark and ominous snifter with a very large khaki head, laces well and cakes. Aromas are a hefty dose of sweet lactose and cocoa, light coffee and roasted malts come in behind, with caramel and smoothed out vanilla, sweet oats, and more creamy lactose sweetness moving in. Initial is medium bodied, a bit nitro’d perhaps, with sweet vanilla and lactose up front, roast and coffee with a touch of ashyness moving in at the backend. More cocoa up front, a touch of caramel, but sweet and bitter chocolate are prevalent, lactose creamy sweetness and a touch of vanilla. Earthy coffee and roasted malts really grow on the backend, making this a sweet stout that balances back towards roast on the backend. Smooth and silky, lingering roastiness and coffee grounds, quite a well balanced sweeter stout in my opinion. Tasty indeed. Probably the 2nd best "Sweet Stout" in regards to overall taste, balance, appearance, palate that I’ve ever had. Really surprised a Sweet Stout (which by nature, is lactose dominant) has such a roasty earthy coffee lingering finish. Very nice beer! I still give the nod to Depth Charge, but this is a great Sweet Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Draft taster, June 7. Deep black, with a thin head. Smell has some light chocolate, but the taste goes much deeper to cocoa country. Warming alcohol gives this an impression of a chocolate cordial. Overall impression is sweet, with a bit of roastiness and hoppiness in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (1199) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bomber pours an opaque dark brown with small tan head and some lacing. Not much to smell, but aroma is full of roasted malts, some coffee, and a bit of vanilla in a the finish. Body is medium without too much carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet and mouthfeel is creamy. A good,stout from a favorite local brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17214) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 04/11/12. Mid black with a frothy head that clears to the edges. Nose comprises roast malt, chocolate, molasses, liqourice, touch of smoke. Taste of milk chocolate, roast malt, a little hops. Alcohol well disguised for 7.5% ABV! Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a roast finish. Decent milk stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5194) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2012
On draft at GABF. Pours a hazy porter brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some chocolate, slight oreo, and lactose. Flavor is similar: lactose, chocolate, some roast, and some oreo. Medium in body and a nice milk stout overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bomber from beer frig at lake...pours black with nose and initial taste of chocolate and coffee...thin tan head with nice lacing. Sweet and smooth...a little thin for a typical stout but creamy overall / smooth taste make up for it...smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Taster on tap at the brewpub. Clear red brown color. Thin off-white head, kind of cream colored. Leaves great thicker lace. Nice milk chocolate, mild roast, mild earthy herbal aroma. Moderate sweet taste, but not cloying or sugary. Mild bitter taste, good earthy hop balance. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Nice sweet stout. Well-done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottled. Dark brown-red with a large, bright white head that is slowly yet mostly diminishing. Malt heavy aroma is rich of roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, molasses and mild coffee. Lightly sweet flavor with pin pricks of roasty bitterness. Extremely light carbonation, and the lactose is noticeable in the slick, lightly creamy texture. Finish has notes of bittersweet chocolate and light rye bread. A straightforward sweet stout, well made and a good representation of the style. A nice change from the imperial stouts flooding the market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2015
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (581) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Pours dark with a good head retention that was khaki brown in color. The aroma is of lactose milk sugar, some roasted notes, and chocolate. While tasting I noticed a creamy mouth feel with a good body. There were flavors of sweet milk sugar, roasted dark malts, some caramel, hints of chocolate malts, and minor prune fruit tastes. Overall the finish is very good and the beverage was kind to my palate. This is one of the better milk stout that I have had.

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