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RATINGS: 1934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
(03.20.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. Batch no. 7219. Pours opaque brown black with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the nose. Medium bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and expresso coffee/bitter chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Some astringent chalkiness in the mouth. Finishes dry with some light lingering bitterness and roasted malt fade. This is a very good, well-balanced stout.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours black with a creamy medium-light tan head. The aroma is semi-sweet...coffee, chocolate, but thereís also this milky-sour odor which to be honest doesnít get me too excited. The flavor is bitter with coffee, bakerís chocolate, with some roasted malt and some smoke. Iím not really getting a whole lot of sweet, it feels a lot more dry than anything else...malty over the tounge with a bitter, sour, dry finnish. This certainly isnít a bad thing by any means, but at the same time...this doesnít make me think "sweet stout" at all...itís more dry than anything else.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Rich, sweet malt aroma with a roasty, sweet chocolate and smokey flavor. sweet coffee finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2773) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma is sweet, a little musty, creamy with maybe a mild, mild chocolate undercurrent. Appearance is pretty typical for a stout. Thinnish brown head over a dark brown body. Coffee flavor picks up heavy in the flavor with a dark chocolate backdrop. There is a slight molasses flavor and a warmth from the alcohol. My only complaint is that it is pretty straightforward and borders on simple... extremely well done, but simple. Flavor is very smooth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that blends nicely with the alcoholic warmth.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Sample from bottle. Very good moderate sweet malt aroma. An aggressive pour you get a dark tan head atop a blck body. Had a full bodied blend to give it a creamy chocoalte and swet taste. Very smooth on palate with a dry chocolate aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006
bottle - Pours black with a thin, brown, long lasting head. It has a moderate aroma of roast malts. The flavor is of malts, coffee, and chocolate. The finish is pleasant enough, though nothing too impressive. This is a very good beer. With a bit better finish and a little more complexity, it could be really great.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duckbutter (4) - Liberty, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006 does not count
Very Good overall, nice dark color as a stout SHOULD be! Seems to "wash" itself out if drinking more than 4 or 5 at a time. This is a wonderful beer to enjoy after dinner !

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (700) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 Pours a black with no head at all. A roast and sweet aroma. Chocolate malt hints of tobacco and a roasted flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (3078) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 Pours a deep brown with minimal dark tan head that diminishes quick. Has a plesant aroma of coffee, chocolate, some caramel and roasted malts. Has a flavor that matches the aroma. Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate with some caramel. Has a medium bodied mouth to it. Goes down easy and delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours deep brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is sweet, slight roast, but mostly shades of chocolate. Palate is medium, sticky and tantalizing. Flavor is creamy sweet that becomes bitter chocolate and lasts in this direction. Definitely not a single note sweet stout. This is enjoyable in its depth, but also relatively simple and session-worthy.


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