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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Oak-aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
It poured a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma was roasty burnt chocolate malts, with mild coffee, light vanilla and a touch of fruit. The taste was creamy, dark chocolate, some wood, vanilla, with a mild dark fruity and roasty aftertaste. This was very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1270) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
12 oz can, best by 4/13/13. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy light brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and some vinous dark fruit.

The flavor is acidic roasted grains, some sweet dark fruits and chocolate, a little oak, and some vinous alcohol leading to a bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin and watery.

Overall, an interesting fruity roasty foreign export stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2013
12oz can poured into a Snifter at 39į. Color is black with good carbonation and a small tight brown head. Aroma is roasted, a bit like a mild coffee. It has a medium body with a lighter crisp mouth feel. Flavor of coffee, dark chocolate and oak, backed with a mild bitterness. In the after taste it turns sweet with a fruity wine like taste. Overall its a very interesting Stout with unique flavor palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Very tasty. Pours oily and thick, with a slick texture that pours very easily. A minimal, disappearing head. Notes of grape, cranberry, bitter plums, chocolate, and coffee. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkbachman (179) - - FEB 27, 2013
Sweet grape aroma followed by a dry roasted/coffee aroma. A tinge of sweetness that drys out with vanilla, plum, and oak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (269) - Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Black body, tight medium khaki head with a few peninsulas of lace; chocolatey earth, light coffee, grape accents, creamy oak tying everything together; smooth medium body with more carbonation than I like in a stout, but a nice creamy, bitter finish; grape juice notes grow as this warms initially, then thankfully die down as it makes the trek towards room temp - juice notes are an interesting touch, but definitely best in a supporting role; good value at 7.99/6pk

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
10 ounce draft. Aroma was a wood and blueberry mix, bordering on potpourri. Appearance was black, tan foam that disappeared after a short time, thin and liquidy. Taste was an interesting blend of wood, berries in a mixed fruit cup, and chocolate. Moderate sweetness. Palate was considerably light and uncarbonated. Overall, the unusual spin this one took on the traditional stout kept me interested. Itís not something Iíd go out of my way to hunt down, but it sits in the B+ range, the "worth a try" category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12 oz. can from Total Wine - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, herbal hops, and light spice. Flavor is lightly sweetened roasted malt, a hint of smoke, herbal hops, and a touch of wood. Medium to full body. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerenberger (1377) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Aroma is primarily malty along with some vanilla, and dark fruit notes. Pours an opaque black with a rapidly dissipating tan head and minor lacing. The taste is moderately sweet. Roasty flavor up front gives way to multiple flavors. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla fruit and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice balanced mouthfeel between smooth and hoppy. Overall, a nice stout from Ska. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
12 oz can purchased as a single at Cork abd Barrel South in Lawrence, Kansas. Best By 18 APR 13 printed on the bottom rim of the can. The pour is a deep brown black with a 1/2 inch khaki head that has nice retention. The aroma is soft roast malt, red wine, and a bit of dark cocoa sweetness. The taste is sharp roast, bitter dark chocolate, a bit of grape juice, wood resin, and finishes with bitterness of the dark chocolate. Flavors were all a touch disparate, in particular the grape juice wine and roast didnít play together all that well. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, soft carbonation and an aftertaste of wine, roast, mineral and dry ash. Finish lingers. This is an interesting beer, unique flavor expressions - not sure it was for my particular tastes, though.

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