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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
American Stout, full-bodied, roasted, and highly hopped.
Each dawn is clear. Cold air bites the throat. Thick frost on the pine bough. Leaps from the tree snapped by the diesel. On the darkest days of the year, light becomes a luxury. Just when you think you cannot penetrate the darkness... SNAP! Light pierces through the roasted pine forest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Tap. Pours dark brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark fruity esters, dank hops, cookie and nutty malt with some earthiness. Flavor is earthy hops, moderate bitterness, dark bitter malt, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2011
12oz pour at Churchkey is a watery, opaque black with a creamy, beige head. Nose is a little weird, dried hop leaves, wet brown paper bag, oregano. Flavor is like cheap tomato sauce, oregano, cardboard, light toast, focaccia. Medium bodied, gross, papery, vegetal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Black pour with an ample tan head. The nose is weird: orville redenbacher popping topping, and earthy manure. Chocolate roast and hints of butter give way to cocoa nib. Medium palate with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Can shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, herbal hops and tea notes. The taste is herbal hops, roasted malts and buttery notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Can. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of bitter hops and yeast (reminiscent of all the other Sixpoint canned beers), mild roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa up front with bitter hops in the finish. Tasty stout. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

Had a second can of this and it was off. Astringent, watery malt which did not blend with the yeast, and off flavors. I would have said maybe it’s just the one can, but when the 3rd can was consumed and it was also bad, I’ve got to question the canning process and change my rating. I hope sixpoint can get this right. 6/4/5/2/11 (2.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4479) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Whole Foods, DC P st, 4-pack cans ($10): Pours almost totally black, with a light brown head. Aroma has toffee, hops, sugar, roasted malts, and a weird permutation of chocolate. Taste is milky, chocolatey, and a bit sweet at the front and then it goes in for the hoppy bitterness towards the back (never really a dark chocolate kind of bitterness in my opinion). Some smoky notes in there as well. Body is pretty light for a stout, but this make it very sessionable. As someone else had noted, this certainly does have resonances of a Black IPA. Good stuff; full of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2011
From notes. On tap @ Sierra Sixpoint dinner, beer #2. Pours out a pitch black hue, coffee head. Aromas are big and roasty, malts galore, cocoa, vanilla, seems rich. Palate is surprisingly creamy, malts up front with an interesting lactose finish. It’s smooth, and with a seemingly lower ABV it really works. The mid is a bit thin and would have gotten a higher rating if it was a bit more full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sailracer (459) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Cask. Light head with a slightly roasted malt aroma. Very smooth with limited carbonation as you would expect from a cask stout. Flavor was roasted malt, but not overpowering. Very drinkable. A decent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
A - Pours a rich black-brown color with a huge tan-brown creamy/frothy covering of head. The head hangs around forever, still lingering as a finger of head leaving behind tons of thick lace. S - Aroma is full of roasted caramel and chocolate aromas. There is also a bit of coffee and lactate as well as a bit of earth hops as well. T - Starts off with lots of roasted caramel malts and chocolate flavors. There is also a bit of coffee as well in the background. Through the middle, some lactate sweetness and a bit of earthy hop bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel malts, chocolate, and oak and vanilla flavors that linger really nicely. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and creamy. There are some nice roasted and sweet flavors that linger nicely and warm the mouth. D - Super drinkable. The beer feels really nice and smooth but still bursting with flavors. The roasted flavors are very rich and full. There is also a nice balance of flavors from start to end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
growler fill from whole foods: nice dry stout, roasty malts and some nuts. Piney yeast througout and a nice dry finish, full bodied and smooth.

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