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RATINGS: 937   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10003) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sallad (115) - USA - SEP 25, 2005
dark dark brown to black, thin head. sweet chocolate and roast barley aromas. mild bitterness up front, more chocolate and roasted flavors, finishes sweet and a little thin. i liked their bown ale much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Very flat pour and virtually no head. Inviting aroma of toasted nuts followed by a similar taste. The flavor has a nice balance between a sweet and tart introduction and mildly bitter finish. Leaves your mouth feeling a bit syrupy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Twentys (41) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Comes out the bottle very dark, cola-like. Minor head, possible pouring error. Smells of caramel. Possesses a sweetness not unlike grape juice. Thick on the palate, but smooth. Refreshing for a stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2005
poured a dark brown almost black color with a tan head that seemed to last about half way through drinking it. A real nice aroma with coffee cocca and sugary notes. Taste was initally sweet with a nice roasted mocha background a real creamy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Held up to sunlight, this is a deep, dark brown with dark red hightlights. (Under "normal" lighting, it’s just black.) The head is a paper thin brown foam. The aroma is dark roasted barley, burnt coffee, and a touch of chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel. The rich flavor is roasted barley and barley malts, coffee, a few drops of bittersweet chocolate, a dash of earthy hop bitterness, and an underlying sweetness from the lactose, just enough to keep this from tasting like three day old coffee. A very fine sweet stout.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Chocolate and mild used coffee ground aromas. Deep black with a quarter thick mocha head. Very bitter in the fore with mild chocolate creamy/smoothiness in the finish. A very serviceable stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Out of a bottle thanks jonathan. Aroma primarily roasted malt and coffee. Poured a dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Flavor was good, at first a good kick of bitterness grabs your tastebuds but not for long as the lactose quickly quenches and releases the need to shudder. Palate was good could have been a tad thicker. Overall a tasty treat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Suttee: Dark brown, near black, that does appear somewhat clear next to the light. There’s a small tan head that dies very quickly. The aroma is roasted malts and coffee - pretty simple, but well done. The taste is bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and that is balanced nicely by a creamy sweetness. It’s a bit sweet than most, but that really works here. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, mouthfeel is thin an water at times.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee, black licorice, hint of caramel. Appears black as night with a very thin head that dissipates immediately. Flavor is roasted malt, cocoa, lemony hops. Palate is medium, with noticeable creaminess, and just enough effervescence. Overall, this beer is equal to or slightly less than the sum of its parts.


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