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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 172   ABV: 5.73%
This tribute to St. Patrick’s Day is smooth and creamy, with the distinct flavors and aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and dark roasted barley. Two precious batches of this robust, ebony colored stout are produced every year, one for St. Patty’s Day and one for Irish Fest. Best served at 50 degrees F.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2007
The pour is dark brown with a nearly non existent tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate with a tinge of vanilla as well. Refreshing session beer here. Better than a lot of Dry Stouts that I’ve tried previously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2007
Deep brown, nearly black, with crimson slivers showing at the edges, and a fine, if slim, cap of cocoa on top. Chocolate milk aroma, creamy and sweet, with a slight espresso twist. Taste is moderately bitter, but mostly sweet and creamy, with a bite of cocoa in there, with the requisite coffee. Not as much depth as I’d like, but that makes it easier for the masses, and that’s not too terrible sometimes, is it? Ends dry and nearly brittle, then a lingering ghost of chocolate. Full bodied, flavorful, and smooth. Can’t find much fault in this, but it’s a bit too ordinary for me to fuss over.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2007
Another bottle from the brewery’s gift shop. This brew purs a very dark, opaque brown with some red highlights on the side. The head is very small and short lived. Serving closer to room temperature will make it stay longer. Good lacing though. Aromas of burnt malt and some toffee. Taste is sweet and not bitter like most other Irish Dry Stouts. The finish is almost like chocolate but dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2007
nice beer most has been said here tried all the aprechers out this week was pleased with all of them grab a 4 pack today! GET SURLY

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Nice aroma of malts, smoke, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Some toffee in the flavor accompanied by sumatra-esque qualities, baked bread and just a hint of vanilla with a robust and dry finish. Pretty carbonated. A very drinkable beer. I could drink this often. Nice sample of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Dark brown with a smallish dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, roastiness, some chocolate. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (5632) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Black and thick palate. Roasty, Guinness-like aroma. Tall but short lived brown head. Flavor is too sweet for the style, but there is roasted malt. Cut down on the sweetness and this will be at the top of its class. Dry, popcorn flavor in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Dark color. Smell of hops, coffee, toffee, caramel, bits of smoke and some roasted malt. Taste of caramel, roasted coffee, malt, toffee, chocolate, bread, hops and a nice bitterness at the end. Also some nut flavor at the end. No, not mine! LOL!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well tanned head. The aroma is subtle, almost nondescript, in fact. However, I was able to pull from it some nice dark chocolate and vanilla. Terrific balance. Roasted, gently bitter chocolate and espresso. Light to medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty, lightly bitter, then dry. Kudos to jimbowood for shipping the bottle to me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours a respectable black with a small tan head. The aroma is a bit weak, but has chocolate, coffee, and a thin sourness. I was really impressed with the flavor profile. Though it is just ever so slightly thin, it’s got the dry stout flavor profile down pat. There is an adequate body of bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. The finish is nicely semi-dry with an iota of spiciness and raisins. The entire beer has a slightly tart, burned note about it. Good stuff. I could drink this anytime as a session brew.

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