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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This thick, rich ale was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts, and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Willamette hops. It boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt and aging the brew in an oak whiskey barrel, which also adds notes of oak and vanilla.

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3.1
User37895 (3042) - - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle shared by sloth at Statline. The pour was typical, dark deep black in color, big brown chocolate colored head on top, decent lacing all the way down. The aroma was milky chocolate, light roast, the typical. The flavor was strong milk chocolate, dry cocoa powder keeping it honest, some licorice, along with light grassy hops perhaps. The finish was a dry bitterness with an almost astringent (but not) character. A tad off, I suppose, but still not bad, just hard to alot that much to the liver without a bit more impressiveness in the flavor category, ya know? As usual, a very nice thank you out to Bert for sharing, fun times!

4.1
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Watch out for the wax on this one! 1l bottle thanks to Eric. Pours black with a moderate sized, creamy, light brown head, specks of lace. Smells smokey, slight malty dark fruity sweet. Tastes toasty and slightly smokey, malty fruity sweet as well. Big tasting beer. Full body, good carbonation.

3.8
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Black with a tan head and decent retention. Roasty aromas, as well as licorice, tar, and also a fair amount of earthy hops. Taste was roasty, with almonds, caramel, dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Body was medium and so was the carbonation. I’d drink this again if it were available to me. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

3.9
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
1 liter bottle. Thanks to Hopdog for sharing. Poured dark black with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of strong roasted coffee and chocolate. Tastes of strong roasted coffee, with a bit of dark chocolate, licorice, and a little toffee. Very nice.

3.9
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Thanks to Neil for the taste of this one--Poured a rich black-brown body with a thicky pillowy tan head. Nose of smoky dark fruits and candy as well as prominent chocolate notes. Gritty, chewy, rounded mouthfeel. A big, delicious, sweet yet hoppy chocolate toffee bomb of goodness.

3.7
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Thanks to Hopdog for sharing. Pours a really deep dark black, with a thin lasting head. Aroma is a nice mix of both dark and milk chocolates, light anise, with some coffee/espresso . Flavor is somewhat seet, ltos of nutty dark chocolate, smokey cigar, coffee latte, and finishes on the hoppy and bitter side for an impy stout. As it warms it becomes a bit astringent in the finish.

3.6
egajdzis (6588) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted, burnt coffee, malts, with some smoke, and faint dark chocolate. Taste of smoke, strong roasty, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla bean, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

3.8
hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2008
1 liter, black waxed, flip top bottle acquired in trade with jake65 (thanks!).. Nov 2007 vintage. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, nuts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and light dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits (raisins and plums), coffee, and roast.

3.3
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this. Pours a deep black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, tobacco, light caramel and light alcohol. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, light nuts, some smoke, a touch of alcohol and

3.6
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle @ ORL throwdown, courtesy of redlight. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that fades away pretty fast. Roasty and chocolate and some nice caramel malts both in the aroma and the flavor. Nice bitter finish, some astringent roast evident in finish as well. Seemed a little thin, but smooth drinking. Nice.


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