RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Received as a bonus from, um, I hate to admit it, but I’ve had it so long I forgot who gave it to me. Sorry. Pours a DEEP opaque chocolate brown with two finger fluffy camel colored head. Nice looking beer. Nose is wonderfully rich with dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of smoke, and a little leather. Flavor is equal to the aroma in complexity, with a touch more of the smoke and a touch bitter. Very nice.

robforbes (2260) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
pour is opaque with a small almost brown head, thick lacing. smell is bold, cocoa, roasted malt, touch of coffee, nuts. taste is dry, bitter, creamy, there is quite a lot here, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, then a rush of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, smidgen of vanilla, leaves the mouth bitter and dry. overall an excellent brew.

scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 jet black, opaque, mocha head. roasted aromas of toast, coffee and dark chocolate. chalky softness, smooth and full. licorice essence chocolate creaminess, full bodied, smoke and dry finish. This beer continues to wow me with its consistency between batches and its ability to develop over time. Smoke character comes off as a bit ashy, lingering toasty finish.

FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
12oz bottle. Deep, dark black color with a small dark brown head. Sweet chocolate and mollases, some vanilla and alcohol. Earthy smokiness very prominant up front. Chalky chocolate and a figgy maltiness. Licorice, roast malt manifest in the finish, with a residual smokiness. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat drying.

boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2007
A very dark mocha brown head is thin and fades slowly but fully. The body is totally opaque, ultimate chocolate brown/black with brown edging, very thick looking and hysterically appetizing just from a brief glance. The aroma is no joke and requires many hearty sniffs to even begin to take it all in. Coffee from faraway and remote tiny islands, burned sweet malts, juicy fresh toffee cake, a blend of fresh Slovakian oak and scraped and dried Bordeaux barrel, cherry pits, sun-ripened tangerine rinds, heavily roasted multiple grains, chalky anise, bitter and nearly pure cocoa(awesome!!), mild oats and barely a trace of alcohol. Stunning, menacing and adorable all at once. The flavor is nearly as delectable. Sweet malt streams right down the middle of the taste, surrounded by light bitterness and plenty of char. Woody notes are lessened, fruit intensified. Mild acidity is spurned from a bitter chocolate component, coffee is steady and pleasing. Vinous character is readily available and monstrously appealing, never overshadowing the desired stout nuances. The finish is warming but not overdone, with lingering roast, coffee, fruit and hints of bitter chocolate and earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very slick and very quaffable. This is a tremendous recipe.

shigadeyo (3764) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Pacific Northwest Vacation 2007

8/22/2007: Aldergrove Empirical Staught is opaque and very, very dark brown/nearly black in color. It has a foamy brown head that fades away slowly to leave a lasting crown. The aroma is a deep, complex, and harmonious blend of rich semi-sweet chocolate and caramelized malts with hints of sweet licorice and char. The flavor has lots of roasted and caramelized malts with a shot of espresso coffee mixed in. The long finish taste like dark/semi-sweet chocolate and has an accompanying dark chocolate and coffee-like bitterness. There is no alcohol in the flavor. This beer has a medium-full body and is a touch syrupy on the palate. Overall this is a really big and flavorful beer and an excellent price!

12 fl. oz bottle (7.5% A/V, 270 calories) from Haggens (only $1.69!) and enjoyed at the Silver Reef Hotel in Ferndale, Washington. Rating #23 for this beer...

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009
Date: May 02, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet milky roasted malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dry dark chocolate character, nice contained bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2007
It’s black and smells very good. Taste is really nice too. Sweetish with a nice finish -- changes in the mouth. Quite a solid little beer from The Bottleworks. 270 Calories, Crikey.

BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Yet another Skyview bottle. Pitch black color with dark brown head. Roasted malts, faint port fruits, and a light woody character in the nose. Slightly soured boyd with lots of roasted malt.

JK (6249) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2007
What a great surprise in this beer. Complex aroma with fruit, port, red wine and oak. Flavor has just a hint of sourness, with more like vinous character and roasted malt. Thick and heavy on the palate, this is a beer that is going to move up the ratings when people find out it exists.

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