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RATINGS: 946   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
A traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). The subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains which give this delicious beer its black color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Tap. Dark brown, nearly black. Tan head was pretty much gone by the time it got to me. Didnít get too much of the aroma, but was sweet, subtitle, and chocolaty. Mouth feel was creamy and good, but not as thick as I expect out of a good stout. Guinness-esque texture. Chocolate and coffee notes are there as expected, but with less bitterness. Good easy drinking stout, if a little on the light side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Pours a dark brown/light black (if there is such a thing) watered down slightly with small head. Aroma of cocoa powder, light malts, coffee, and a bit of smoke and molasses mixed in. Flavor is of milk chocolate, with a coffee bite. Seemed a bit weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Bottle. Poured a black color with a small tan head. Mocha and grass aroma. The flavor is coffee and grass, with a hint of other malts. Leaves a sweet milk chocolate taste in your mouth. Medium to full body with a creamy texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours a ruby-black, nearly opaque with a small tan head that was gone in 60 seconds. Mild coffee and caramel aroma. A little thin feeling. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors, but not much malty sweetness as I would expect with a cream stout.The mild bitterness lingers through the finish. This seems like a different beer from what others describe that they had at the GABF. I wonder if the draught version is better than the bottled, as is often the case.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Had at Beer Fest. This was a great beer, and exciting b/c itís from NC. I think we tried all of their beers tonight. Nice aroma, thick and great brown black color, very sweet and creamy. I really like these milk stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1898) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2005
GABF 2005. Dark ruby/black with a small, light-brown head. Coffee aroma, some milk chocolate and bittersweet cocoa. Roasty flavor, slightly sweet (brown sugar, molasses). Very creamy palate, lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12433) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2005
(12oz bottle) Minimal tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some roast. molasses, light coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, molasses, some roast, coffee, faint smoke. Watery light-medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Not much head, dark color, strong coffee taste, aftertaste similar to bitter dark chocolate. Tasty, but not as thick as I prefer my stouts to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2005
I praise the Fates for changing my ways and turning me from the Vegan lifestyle, allowing me to indulge in this beautifully crafted dark beer. I read once that "Yum Yum" is a powerful mantra. I said my mantra on this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10198) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Draft... Pitch black ale with a small, off-white head. Clear and ruby when held up to very bright light. Smoky aroma with notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is full of smoke, dark chocolate and light molasses. Unbalanced by residual sweetness. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation. Finishes smokey and bitter-sweet with a hint of espresso.

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