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RATINGS: 435   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1168) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
From a 355ml bottle on 17/6/2014. Pours black with a smallish head. The aroma is a touch odd, with musty basement and earthy notes most prominent, with a bit of chocolate and caramel in the background. In the mouth, and you get dark chocolate, doughy yeast, some soy, and a moderate but lingering roasty bitterness. The carbonation is a touch above medium and the texture is a little creamy. Described on the bottle as an ’untraditional stout’, it certainly is a little different and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2652) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
Midnight brown, opaque and muddy with no evident carbonation and a thinning, rocky tan head that manages a generous lace. Pasty, chalky, mineral tinged nose showcasing more than enough burnt grain and damp kelp, brine and rust/blood. Similar on the palate. More rust and blood than burnt grain but it is black patent still that dominates this one. Salty kelp, dust, earth and ash fill out the rest. A tangy, tart, estery malt sweetness tickles the side of the tongue whilst there is an astringency to the swallow which melds with it and gives it some depth. Husky, rusty length with little of that alcohol at all to tease. Body is surprisingly light, almost featherweight and it sits lean in the stomach so wouldn’t cause a problem in bulk. Carbonation a mere prickle to the front of the tongue, vinous and still from then on south. There is enough here to make it interesting, but it’s far from complex. I do like the overall result though. A little rough and rustic, and definitely unique. A nice drop! (12fl.Oz, Bottled on 01/02/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1468) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle from Hop City. Pours an opaque black with a thin ring of toffee colored head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolates. Taste of roasted coffee and almost Coke-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8638) - 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 (3495) - 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 (4149) - 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 (7600) - 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 (5721) - 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 (7905) - 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.

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