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RATINGS: 253   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3230) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Pours a dark brownish-blackish-ruby-hued when held up to the light sorta color. The head is rocky and large with lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is complicated & interesting... it comes right away with some chocolate, then some smoke, gives way to to some dark fruit & odd banana esters, thereís some charred wood in there... gracious. I sort of love it, but then I sort of think the banana stuff brings it down a notch. What a delightfully odd smelling beer.

The flavor is similarly strange and somehow delightful, the chocolate flavor is hardly reminiscent of sweet chocolate at all, itís more like the 80%+ end bitter chocolate, which pretty much is awesome. The beer is far from "dry" though, itís got a light caramel sweetness to it that makes some of the more bitter and bold flavors work better than maybe they could on their own devices. There is certainly a good lot of roastiness going on here, ashy... espresso like, strong, stark, roastiness. Some of that fruity phenol thing come through but not to the degree that it does in the aroma.
sía thinker this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tnkw01 (1086) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color. Taste is coffee, chocolate and more hoppy than most stouts. Aroma is coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Very dark brown in color with a light brown, airy head, this is a well-carbonated stout. It has a really great, dark, roasted, almost nutty, sweet nose that ends with a touch of cocoa powder. The flavor is heavily roasted and bitter, but clean. It has a pleasant palate, easy drinking for a stout and pretty sessionable. Itís light-bodied, but heavy on the tongue, with a clean, roasted finish and a touch of sweetness and a welcoming bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (1602) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2013
smoky, peat like aroma pours a typical blackish brown. flavor is somewhat tobacco and a bit of leather and a note of grassy earthiness. mild alcohol burn on the lips as it warms, fairly dry finish. quite nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle from Kybecca, aged 1.5 yrs plus at home - catching up on old ratings from Oct/Nov 2012 timeframe. Will add a review, eventually, though this one was pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiveacestx (582) - Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle - nice dark pour with a medium chocolate head. Doesnít seem hardly fair to rate this beer after just having a Founderís Imperial Stout but it was almost as good. Has a roasted chocolate taste with a light touch of coffee to it. Could have had a heavier mouthfeel (again with the Founderís IS comparison) but overall a solid brew. Too bad itís the only one I had (received in trade).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1274) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle, a little late in the season but not too worried about this one. Pours nearly black with a slight brown head. Nice light carbonation. Aroma is chocolate, malt, light coffee, hints of vanilla and a bit of grass. Taste is very pleasant. Lots of chocolaty malt with a generous hop balances. No hint of an elevated ABV. Finishes surprisingly dry. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee, and light ash aroma. Black with a large tan head, nice lacing. Slightly sweet chocolate and roasty malt flavor. with a light roasty bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StLsportsfan (56) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Boozy-sweet. 8% and you can taste it. Interesting approach to the style; this aint no Guinness. But a bit too much of a reach. This seems like more of an "experimental" foreign stout instead of an excellent representation. Like many stouts, this beer is greatly enhanced with chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Dark black with frothy brown head. Roasted malt aroma. Lots of roast malt in the flavor with a bit of licorice and a slight sourness in the finish. Well balanced stout.


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