RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Our stout is brewed in the style of a dry Irish stout, but is quite different from the draft Guinness widely available in the Triangle. It's much more full bodied and much higher in alcohol (5.6% by volume). It's blackish brown in color and features an initial caramel flavor with a dry, roasted finish.

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Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft at bottlemixx. A bit too coffee for me. Not grinds level coffee. Maybe more roasted malts. Nice to try but not for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottled 1/30/08. Dark brown pour with a fluffy white head. Big roasty aroma combined with expresso is a definate plus. Slightly thin bodied. Creamy mouth-feel with notable notes of; Chocolate, roast (almost smokey), and coffee. Subtle dry finish.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. Picked up as an extra in a trade. Pours a dark black body with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and sweet malt. No real hops or etoh coming through here and very drinkable. I’d drink it again.

Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Bottled Jan. 30, 08 so this should be very fresh... Not quite black but let’s say a very very dark brown.... Smells a lot like a very dark coffee with chocolate and and maybe some vanilla notes thrown in as well... Wow, this is a deliciously creamy brew....it pours much thinner than it feels, I can say that.. Awesome taste of coffee and chocolate and smokiness....simply delightful...seriously, if I could get this where I lived, it would be my go to winter brew... Just amazing...

surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice bubbly tan head which recedes but retains well and leaves slight lacing. The aroma is very much of bitter dark chocolate, with some coffee/expresso notes, much like a black velvet cake dessert (with coffee of course!). Flavor is dry, roasted malts with plenty of coffee character and bittersweet chocolate, especially in the lasting finish. Medium-light-bodied, moderate carbonation, with a nice creamy mouthfeel - smooth. This is a well-done dry stout. It’s also held up really well in the 18 months since it was bottled.

NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2007
The aroma was roasty with a strong espresso coffee presence and a prominent toasty component. Some grassy hop notes were present as was some chocolate, but coffee ruled the day and brought with it some smoke! The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a tannish fleeting head which did lace a bit. The flavor was roasty and smoky and had some caramel maltiness but mostly roast, chocolate, toast and smoke comprised the majority of the flavor. The bittering level was substantial and in conjunction with the roasted barley kept the malt in check. The body was medium or a smidge above and the moderate level of carbonation did lead to a creaminess in the mouthfeel. The finish was bone dry with long lasting roast, smoke and coffee impressions long into the aftertaste and beyond. A really great stout, even after a few years! 12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 11/02/05.

NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle, thanks Surffisher! Pours ultra deep red with a nice white, rocky head. The aroma is just a bit chalky, with coffee and caramel being the major scents. The flavor profile is pretty decent with some brown sugar, walnuts, cream sweetness, and a bit of instant coffee. The whole beer reminds me of sitting something on a campfire for a little while. I didn’t find this to be particularly dry. Pretty good stout.

Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Jonathan3584. bottled 11-22-05. Black with decent beige head. Aroma is almost non-existant, faint coffee and that’s it. Flavor is all bitter coffee through and through. Tad thin on the palate. Not much going on here at all.

wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Draught. Very roasty in aroma and appears dark ruby, with tannish head. REALLY FOLKS, this is the same as the Groundhog beer. Maybe someone will actually listen to me at some point. Until then, the flavor is slightly dry in the finish, malts are well balanced, roasty, and there is a good hop presence.
Earlier Rating: 2/9/2004 Total Score: 3.6
Tan head which slowly dissipates. Dark color with ruby hues. Aroma is malty, roasty, and slightly sweet. Has a lightly roasted flavor with coffee overtones. Nice burnt/bitter finish. Tinge of sweeetness as beer warms. Overall, fairly decent.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
12oz bottle bottled on 11/22/05 via trade with jonathan3584 - Thanks Jonathan! - pours black with ruby highlights and a nice creamy mocha head that stays well and laces down the sides of the english pint. Aroma is big coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is mostly coffee, some roasted malts and a somewhat earthy note. A bit of that chocolate comes through though. Palate is smooth and creamy with a very dry finish. Nice and roasty. Just the way a dry stout should be. Tasty!

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