RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jabic (537) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Ar: Complex aroma of leather, vinous, cocoa, and licorice; herbal hop note; currant, burnt caramel, treacle, and rum. Ap: Pitch black with a medium mocha-colored head; moderate-low retention, leaves a thin trail on the side of glass and a filmy head with blotches of foam and a loose ring. T: Dark fruit and vinous up front; cocoa and char, slightly milky, plus notes of licorice and deeply burnt caramel; medium and firm bitterness, hop flavor is herbal and dark berries; medium sweetness throughout, finish is medium and slightly ashy. P: Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation, creamy and silky with a medium-dry finish. O: Absolutely excellent foreign stout; bold malt character, with lots of ash, burnt caramel, and dark fruit character, without any single aspect overwhelming the other or being too over-the-top; at once, hoppy, rich, roasty, and filled with tons of harmonious malt flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2017
Thic motor oil pours black and gives a brown creamy head, good lacing. Sweet and roasted, salty licorice, soy sauce, coffee, alcohol, mildly ash. Medium to full body, dry, roasted, lots coffee here to long finish, standard carbonation. Ok, tasty. Latte chocolate went very nicely with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (939) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Can pour into tulip glass from Greg & Janes Beer and Wine. Appearance is opaque black with finger-width light brown foamy head with poor retention and trace lacing. Aroma is light roasted malts with earthy European hops, mild vanilla and chocolate. Taste is moderately strong roasted malts with hint of smoke/ash, molasses, cardamom, vanilla and light chocolate and licorice. Palate is full bodied with thick texture, lively carbonation and long balanced sweet and bitter finish. Overall, nice complexity and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2882) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Nice aroma has some spices, coffee, some roasted malts. Balanced roasty body, spices, some vanilla notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lambister (520) - FINLAND - DEC 27, 2016
355ml bottle from Alko Viikki. This rather adventurous brew reminds me of saying: One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested." -E. M. Forster

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (3263) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle. Dark color. Thin beige head. Body is medium. Dry body. Long dry finish. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Aroma and flavour is malt, chocolate, liquorice, pepper, spices, hops, roasted, chocolate, vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5275) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle at home from Drinkstore
Opaque ruby tinged brown with tan lacing. Very unusual stewed dates and vegetal solvent aroma. Gentle carbonation, full bodied, rich, cocoa, slightly minty, toasty dry finish. Tasty stuff but maybe I left it too long to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (5943) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Best by stamp on the bottom of the can 11/14/2017. This was poured into a mini-snifter. The appearance was a jet black pour and left the same color body. Moderate lacing appears after the head dissipates quickly. But even that lacing just slides right on into the beer. The aroma exacts a nice super rich compounded roasty coffee bean up front. A moderate sweet espresso bean comes in and then some subtle vanilla bean. Light molasses is far underneath. The flavor bends all of the previously mentioned aromas into each other for a mighty fine blend, sweet and roasty with a touch of blended in spice (must be the cardamom). Mainly a roasty aftertaste with a quick roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with an ability to show some session, is the ABV too well hidden? Can says its supposed to sit at 8.5%, but the way this feels, Id say yes, I feel like I could crush it. Overall, Id say the aroma and flavor was the best thing about this beer and very well done in those departments, but the feel, to me at least, I think with the canning date, I was expecting a little more "beef to the body." Other than that, Id still have again. Lets just call it a "session foreign/export stout."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (7113) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2016
(Bottle, 0.355 l - bottled on 30/08/2016 - BB 30/08/2017, from Alko, 20161223) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had coffee, burnt malts and ash. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were dark chocolate, spiciness, sweetness, burnt malts, coffee and bitterness. Aftertaste had dark chocolate, ash and bitterness. A tasty burnt brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (1435) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2016
There is no light coming through; blackness! Quick tan head. Nose is coco and cherries, espresso. Bittersweet. Middle shows a little wood, currants, treacle, smoky blackened malt. Finish is surprisingly restrained bittersweet malt. Powerful beer.

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