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style
RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Why this is not a top 20 beer I dont know. Big dark beer that has a nice thick but not sludge like body. Deep, rich roasted flavors that still have a hoppiness coming through that is not hops for the sake of hops. Excellent balance in all aspects. Couldnt recommend this beer more. Thanks to LarryP(Andre) for this beauty.


4
KevinReddirt (166) - Midland, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2017
Purchased in a bomber while traveling through Montana, a pleasing acquisition. Tilting into my New Belgium .47l snifter it comes out a midnight black while giving a thin, small-bubbled head steadily replenished by active carbonation. I get a whiff of raspberry and a stiff hit of chocolate. Taking a taste it is all business, burnt toast, charcoal, semi-sweet chocolate and a distinct hop factor. It finishes moderately bitter, a gift from the hops. Different from most imperial stouts I have tasted, it is quite enjoyable.

3.7
nathanvc (493) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle from a Safeway on the road from Seattle to Spokane. Poured into a nice plastic cup, jet black with a lasting, foamy, beige head that leaves lacing. The aroma contains cold coffee, some milk, (roasted) malt, caramel and dark chocolate.It tastes medium chocolatey sweet and light to medium bitter with a toasty finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, well-hidden alcohol. A smooth, drinkable Imperial Stout.

3.5
tapthis (272) - Baytown, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Tastes of overly roasted malts and burned coffee. Has a small tan head that stick around. Appears pitch black. And smells of burnt grain

4.1
ibrubeer (383) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Draft @ Monarch, PDX. Aroma is roasty, sweet. Black color with tan head, good lacing. Taste is fantastic! Roasty, a little chocolate, balanced sweetness and bitterness. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, nice oat contribution. A fantastic imperial oatmeal stout!

3.9
donandres (527) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - JAN 3, 2017
Pint Glass during happy hour at the brewpub in Tangletown/ Greenlake, Seattle on Monday after New Year dark, big foam, slowly disappears fragrant stout aroma low bitterness, some sweet taste long finish, bitter aftertaste very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to

3.7
PhillyCraft (7225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Blackberry backlog, Bottle in 2010, Pours dark brown with a 2 finger beige head. Smell and taste are bitter chinook, chocolate, nutmeg, licorice, prunes, chocolate and roasted malts. Body is medium to heavy with a warming finish. Nice stout.

3.4
RobertDale (6474) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2016. Comes black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Just average.

2.2
beer_queue (140) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Roasted, smoky malts & a bit of bitter chocolates in aroma. Tastes similar with some hop bitterness towards the end. Full-bodied & dry finish. Alcohol’s hidden. Gets slightly better once warm, but it’s still a very basic, mediocre imperial stout. Boring beer & struggled to finish it.

3.4
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 5, 2016
Black, chocolate aroma, caramel, toffee, bread, flavor of chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, bread, medium bodied.

3.9
unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2016
On tap what a great beer this was Healthy fluffy brown head atop black body. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, molasses, roasty, light smoke. Taste is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, some caramel, grapefruit. Creamy, chewy full body


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