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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Human history is filled with myths and legends that shape and define our culture. Rituals, celebrations, gatherings.. whatever. One thing that’s for sure, is we enjoy a proper shindig. So let’s get the stories flowing and share a little ’Folklore’. A bracingly deep ale, built dark and rich with an elegantly lean body, accompanied by heady aromas of Belgian yeast, earthy hops and gently kissed by a wisp of smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Small format bottle. Dark brown with a lasting tan head. Salty and burnt black patent malt nose is woody, fruity-estery and somewhat pepper in a phenolic sense rather than from flavorings. Burnt sugar and oily char favor with a small amount of what could be called "cola" flavoring. Medium body, sweet and seemingly under-carbonated leaving it limp and quick in the mouth, finishing with... man it’s almost together enough.. the aroma / flavor profile reminds me of Haandbryggeriet Bestefar, which also had a robust wood / spice character entirely derived from malt, hops and yeast (as I understand it). I can say the same about this, I just wish the carbonation were fuller and the sugar fermented out a bit. I went into this without knowing what it was trying to be, and it seems to sit somewhere between robust winter porter and Belgian stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3409) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/2/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, pepper, raisin, plum, fig, light smoke, light licorice, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, pepper, raisin, prune, fig, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, pepper, raisin, prune, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 11, 2014
Excellent foreign stout, bodering on Imperial. Rich, smooth decadent with a nice bit on the finish. A tad estry and even a hint of sourness. Thoughtfully constructed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4119) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2014
Pitch black color. Very creamy light head. Very nice espresso, dark chocolate notes with touchs of dark fruit. Nice roasted character, silkly smooth mouth, lots of dark fruit treacles, burnt raisins. Excellent mouth feel. Smooth roasted malt finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours an opaque midnight brown with an initial finger of tan head that fizzles out immediately into a small ring and small island of film. Aroma of toasted and subtly roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, earthy hops, and rubber. Flavor of cola, baker’s chocolate, earthy hops, subtle spice, dark fruits, and roots. Medium-bodied, with sharp carbonation and a rich, boozy mouthfeel. Really interesting, unique beer. Not the easiest-drinking foreign stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Deep black pour with a thin lacey light tan head. Absolutely wonderful nose with notes of creamy milk chocolate, a kiss of Kahlua, a wisp of smoke, some gentle coffee notes and a earthy bit of nougat. Wonderful flavor full of roast, sweet chocolate, a kiss of smokey coffee, and a little bit of belgian yeast featuring a light kiss of stone fruit and high alcohol esters. If the flavor itself were slightly less boozy this would have been unimpeachable..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7767) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
Draught at Fermentoren. Low but lasting brown fluffy head. Pitch black body. Sweet roasted malt dried fruit aroma. Creamy and smooth fruity roasted malt cocoa caramel flavor. Little hops bitterness, low carbonation, long sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2997) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2014
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Looks like a typical stout, but diverges on all other dimensions. The body is smooth and full, with higher carbonation than usual. The aroma reflects Belgian yeast and spcies more than dark roasted malts. The roasted grains are quite evident in tasting, but this is still spicy and exceptionally complex. Hints of cinnamon and allspice in the lightly sweet flavor O: Flavorful, spicy and complex, this is more of a Belgian Stout than a Foreign Stout. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (667) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass..black with 1 finger tan head..aka of coffee,chocolate,roasted nuts,toffee and smoked peat..tastes just like it smells with smoky undertones..very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2536) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 On tap @ BBB. Dark amber with a tiny tan head. Fruity and malty tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Medium to full body with a bitter dry after taste.

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