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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Bottle and keg: Filtered; Cask: Unfiltered.
Introduced August 1993.

British pale ale malt; Crystal, Chocolate and Black malts; Roasted barley;
Warrior, Cascade, Tettnang, Goldings hops;
warm fermenting English yeast.
OG 1052

A classic Irish stout. Full-bodied yet smooth and spectacular in appearance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2004
(bottle) Deep black with big dark tan head. Aroma of roast malt and peat. Roast malt flavors with noticable hops in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Charcoal-like roasted malts counterpoint the extreme sweetness in the aroma. Opaque, dark brown with rocky brown-tan head that recedes slowly to nicely cover with patchwork lacing. Roastiness dominates the flavour with some chocolatiness and hints of vanilla. Body perhaps just a bit light but mouthfeel is very engaging on the tongue. Bottle (MontreAlers - October meeting).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Pours black with a ample tan head. Looks great in the glass. Taste was roasty, coffee with some sourness. Finish was slightly hoppy and slightly dry. Nothing bad about this, but nothing to set it apart either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Eclipse black color. Small sized tannish head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, vanilla and slightly sweet. A medium to light bodied stout. Malts are coffee, chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Slightly bitter hops. Nice balance. Perhaps a little thin tasting for a stout, more like a porter. Smooth taste. Not a great stout but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a coffee flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Opaque black beer with living beige head. Malty nose with tones of roasted malt and hints of coffee. Malty flavour, bisciuty with tones of coffee and low bitterness in the end. A bit acidic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Bottle - Pours a very dark black/brown with a big, bubbly tan head that subsides to a foamy covering. Aroma is of dark roasted malt and almost smells a little burnt. Flavor is strong of roasted malt and has a slightly sour character that does not really fit with the style. Body is too thin. Finish is not very long and does not have the characteristic dry bitterness of most good stouts. Not too impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Roasted coffee smell. Looks fantastic with a full ample head. Best pouring stout I have ever seen from a bottle and equally attractive from nitro. Flavor was roasty/toasty grains, coffee and chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. The more times I have this the more I appreciate it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Black color with a monster tan head. Burnt chocolate aroma. Slight malt taste, but pretty watery. A little bitter. Fair enough, but kind of a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Black Coloring. Big Espresso Head. Good Roasts Here...Sweet.. Coffee. A Little Thin...Bitter at the End... Not a Bad Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6738) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I am not a big fan of dry stouts or this brewer in general but this was a pretty darn solid example of the style. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a mildly creamy medium brown head that lingered. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The aroma is particularly strong and rather pleasant. The beer is thick and strong in flavor with coffee and bakers chocolate. There is a mild hop bitterness on the finish. The beer also dries out a bit on the finish. Well done.

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