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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This full-bodied and full-flavored rich, dark ale has a malty sweetness balanced with plenty of hops to create the perfect stout.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4628) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle. Chocolate and roast nose with faint nuts and a slightly syrupy fruitiness. Malty but with a nice dusting of hops. Coke-colored pour with a creamy, richly tanned head. Taste is carbonated, dark, and lightly bitter, aforementioned fruit with light mocha and nuts, pleasant roast with a little dust. Smooth, creamy lightish medium body, still very quaffable. Malt-heavy with lactose and even a little Yoo-hoo. A little too bittersweet to really be called a dry stout, but close enough for jazz. Alcohol is absolutely no detectable - I made a mistake by drinking 8% so quickly. A nice surprise, though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, frothy, off-white head. Smell: Roasted barley nose with notes of chocolate, cold coffee, and prune liqueur. Taste: Dark malts tasting of melted dark chocolate and roasty coffee, though not too much roast. Drizzle of thick molasses, a few sprigs of licorice. Lightly fruity. Very slight, passing hop bitterness. Just a little sour near the end. Earthy, chocolatey finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. Drinkability: Not bad, not bad at all. For me, it’d be a lovely every day kind of stout.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2215) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle in trade with SPLITGRIN. Thanks!
Pours black with a medium tan head. Smell is very mild but of roasty malt and very light clean hops. Taste is creamy, and dark roasted malt. Almost a light alcoholic like flavor in there as well with some mild bitterness. Somehow, something about the flavors don’t mesh well and it has a bit of an odd flavor. Drinkable though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
7-14-08 bottle
Dark black pour with a decent tan light brown head and no lasting lacing. Smell is super mild roasted raisins with a touch of alcohol. Flavor has bold figs and alcohol and has a somewhat burnt charred fruit or fig aftertaste. Mouthfeel is okay and seems thick but has low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Bottle. Has all the characteristics of a foreign stout — malty, sweet, and less fruity and hoppy than an imperial stout. Dark brown body with a finger-size tan head that diminishes. The light aroma is sweet with vanilla, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Slight roast notes. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. The finish turns moderately bitter, roasty and is lasting. Turns dry. Medium body with a milk-like texture and soft carbonation. Well made.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2008
The aroma is quite malty, I think. The appearance is very dark. The flavor is sweet, fairly well balanced, and yet intriguingly complex. It is not entirely straightforward and it continues to reveal itself in its aftertaste. The first taste is a pleasant surprise. The palate, though complex, does not seem entirely balanced, and slightly stilted, but on the whole this is a really quality beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Illini08. Thanks Jeremy! Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint when held up to the light. It had a one finger width tan head that disappeared quickly. The aroma consisted of a lot of dark fruits and suggary roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. The taste contained a lot of dark chocolate with a strong suggary malt tone. The aftertaste was a bit bitter and had an alcohol bite to it. This was a very solid extra stout... very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 26, 2008
12 oz bottle into sniffer. aromas include roasty malt, red wine, molasses, tobacco, and bitter chocolate. Appearance is very dark, almost black with creamy espresso head that holds long enough to provide some descent spotty lacing. The flavor is less complex than aroma; pretty simple, low-abv imperial stout. With hints of chocolate, coffee, and a malty backbone without anything setting it apart from others. Kind of too bitter, not in a hop way, but in a sort of out of balanced weird finish way. Rich, thick, and creamy on palate, at least more so than the abv. would imply. Overall: Delicious, pretty damn drinkable, and pretty affordable at around 8 dollars for 6 pack in St. Louis. I would call this a hybrid between a stout and an imperial stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9826) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle from dkachur, thanks! Deep dark brown color. Soft roasted aroma with hints of peach and licorice. Dry roasted flavor with loads of laurel and licorice. Some dark chocolat. Slightly alcoholic. Just a bit thin. Solid extra stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2008
My first sip of this ended in me smiling from ear to ear...with the exception of the year round staple oatmeal stout, I really dig all schlafly stouts, but this may be the best of them. Very roasty and big yet drinkable. I look forward to drinking this again next year.


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