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RATINGS: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
A smooth and sturdy stout, made with 10% rolled oats, roasted barley and chocolate malt. The name is referential to the founders of Thebes, warriors who sprang from the earth when the teeth of a slain dragon were sown by Cadmus. Bittered with Chinook; finished with Cascade and Columbus hops.

Previously 7.5%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Light roast, light coffee, chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate flavor with light roast and backing bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice balance. Lingering dark chocolate, malt, caramel, and light citrus bittering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Poured a black dark oil color with nice head amazing lacing. Aroma was chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor was muchg the same. Mouthfeel was perfect creamy not to sweet. Good beer for watching bad game.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10951) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle This beer rocks! Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Notes of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, toasted nuts, light smoke and ash constitute the rich, mocha aroma. Full-bodied and velvety with moderate carbonation. The perfectly balanced flavor leans on the bitter side at first, but then caramalt and chocolate malt sweetness catches up. Finishes bittersweet and lightly acrid. Excellent, well-made, sturdy stout. Big-time kudos to mgumby10 for sharing this world class brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Courtesy Ol_Mr_Crow. Pours jet black, with a thick, creamy, well-retained beige head. Smells of chocolate cream, dark malts, and even a bit of smoke in there too. Liked the nose. The flavor has some surprising hoppy characters to it. light roasty malts and chocolate give it some great balance. Definite bitterness in the finish, had some oak and vanilla notes. great palate on this beer. Very tasty and nicely crafted stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2008
In short: A excellent smooth but robust chocolaty stout with nice resinous bitterness and tobacco-ish flavour.
How: Bottle, probably around 3 months old. Another kick-ass brew sent by after4ever, thanks a lot Tom.
The look: Black body with a quickly dissipating medium tan head. Good lacing.
In long: Very smooth and round roastiness. Very chocolaty with mainly black chocolate flavour but also a bit of milk chocolate. No coffee flavours and very low on the fruity side, its malt profile is very much focussed on silky chocolate malts. Light banana note and a little vanilla ice-cream. I really like the finish with its assertive bitterness and its tobacco flavour. Amazingly easy to drink I went through the bottle like Kirstie Alley goes through a little shrimps appetizer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep black, slight dark head. Great roasted aroma. Nice roasted slightly sweet chocolate flavour. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2008
22 oz bottle shared with toncatcher. Lots of rosted and bitter coffee aromas. Some chocolate too. Better on the flavor. Some sweetness with chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (4042) - Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Draft at brewery in South Downtown Seattle, enjoyed in the company of after4ever. Pour is all black, with a two inch tan head. Aroma of espresso roast and some bright hoppiness. The taste mirrored the nose, with a bunch of roasted malt and a crisp hop finish. Well made stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
22oz bomber. Thanks to travisd13. Pours black not too thick looking not too thin. Very, very small off-white head, some lace. Smells roasty and toasty, very nice. As it warms you get more of the roasty coffee scent. Tastes sweet and roasty, lots of complex roasty malt flavors. Palate is a bit lacking, needs more carbonation, medium body, could use a bit more. Nice stout though, could be a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bomber, about a year old. Poured very deep brown with thick cap of some of the darkest brown head that Ive seen. The aroma picked up a lovely blend of darker roasted chocolates, molasses, and coffee paired with sweeter oats and cocoa.. delicately-balanced between a sweet stout and a foreign-style stout.. this had some piney hoppage, but likely much less than when it was fresh. The flavor began with piney and coffee bitterness along with sour, almost oaky notes rolling over the tongue.. dry, dark, roasted coffee at the core with lesser notes of molasses, soy, and dark chocolates.. the back-end found some caramel, which joined in nicely.. excellent components and flow! Medium-bodied with lower carbonation and a bit of an oily texture on the palate.. piney bitterness, caramel, and slight coffee just stick on the finish. This was an extremely pleasant surprise!

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