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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2013 & 2010 Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category.

That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Volume 1 - Foreign Stout - Pours black with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes that give way to a feeling of self loathing, burnt opportunities and smoked relationships.

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mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2017
12 oz. can, pours black with a tiny beige head. Aroma brings out lots of licorice and chicory upfront, followed by earthy toasted malt and a little cardamom. Flavour is similar, with lots of earthy malt, chicory and cardamom. Very odd flavours, but somehow it works reasonably well. Not a big fan of the flavours, but I can appreciate its uniqueness. Decent.

3.8
BeardedAvenger (795) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2017
Can from Wine Rack, West Byfleet. Liquorice, coffee and spice aroma - the blurb on that can ain’t wrong. Dark, with hints of ruby red when held up in the light. Frothy head soon dissipates - interesting colours: an orange/red tinted beige with some paler areas. Coffee is in the forefront of the taster. The liquorice then comes through and it gains in spices trough into the aftertaste. A creaminess smooths away the spicier elements. Medium bodied. Creamy but also leaves a slick sensation on the back of the teeth. Prickly carbonation. Long finish - astringent with a boozy hit. Enjoyable - smooth and creamy but also lively and packing some punch..

4.1
ianwelby (1387) - SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Pitch black, foamy beige head. Light, toasted malt aroma.Flavour is rich and malty, with a hefty hit of chocolate, liquorice, coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious.

4
Mrnoluv (354) - long beach, California, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Coco bean, vanilla, woody smell the taste is smokey bitter chocolate, black licorice, the look is solid black. Great taste, wish there was a little more sweetness but this is a solid beer. Perfect ABV at 8.5.

4.1
PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2017
I really enjoyed this, it achieved a great balance and drinkability, avoiding the pitfalls of the big stout genre. Nice roast, coffee and dark chocolate notes, nice full sweetness.Good full palate but not overwhelming or coating - softer mouthfeel despite the fullness. Somewhat creamy texture (but not in the horrible nitro way).

4
kalervo (1043) - FINLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Kivääritehtaankadulla 1/2017. Very enjoyable black ipa, balanced and smooth. Recommendable.

4.1
Kingi (662) - - FEB 5, 2017
ratings are always a bit off after sauna. Nice aroma and taste of coffee/espresso and roasted notes. A lot of the good bits from imperial stouts, but with out going over 9%. well done.

4.9
vtgjc93 (6) - - JAN 29, 2017 does not count
The ingredients say this is wheat beer: water, malted barely, malted wheat, hops, & yeast. But they must have smoked it, because it goes down like a good German rauchbier, while being darker than any rauchbier I've ever had. The bouquet has notes of licorice, and it is dark as night. The taste is smoked stout, and what could possibly be better. Simply put, this is the best smoked beer I've ever had. It is also a fantastic stout, and an incredible beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2017
Can. Black with a big foamy tan head that has rather good retention. The aroma is big and bold with old leather, anise, a bit of spice and some cocoa. The taste, like the aroma, features leather and cocoa with bitter black walnuts filling in the back end. The palate is medium and this finishes rather sticky. Overall: Top shelf stout.

4
Vignale (3830) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2017
Flaska från SB. Kolsvart, opak. lite trög vätska med ganska lågt mörkbeige skum. Doft med massor av choklad, värmande alkohol, lite kaffe, mörk torkad frukt. Stor kropp, stora smaker, mycket choklad, en aningen rökighet och aska. Stor och maffig, bra balans och hyfsat lättdrucken. Gott


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