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RATINGS: 252   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2155) - 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 (9999) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1438) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Pours black with a thin white head. Aroma is very roasty with a bit of malts. Roasted malt flavor, some sweet sugar, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Finishes slightly bitter, a bit thin but silky smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
This is actually a pretty damn good beer. It’s a reasonably deep brown/black color. Taste is very roasty, plenty of coffee flavors coming through with a nice silky body. Sweet and tasty, reminiscent of a slightly lighter version of Kalamzoo. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle from some Wine Shop in Brentwood, TN. Pours an deep dark mahogany with a nice tan head and some slight lacing. Aroma of chocolate milk and dark roasted malts. Initial flavor of dark unsweetened bakers chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Middle palate comes the spicy bitterness, char, and peat. Finish is dry, powdery, and slightly sweet with some hints of pepper. This is a fairly solid beer here. Perhaps I may pick up more to lay down for 6 to 12 months to see if the malts and sweetness come out a little more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2008
12 oz bottle pours a murky brown with a tan head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is of chocolate, coffee, with some vanilla notes as well.


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