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RATINGS: 542   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Fruity, bready and coffee aroma. Totally balck. medium on the palate and i a little oily and velvety. A little sweet. Hops are not that detectable, just faintly bitter on the finish. The malt flavor is perfect combination of coffee, cocoa, molasses and deep roasted malts. Unbelievable for the price. Great value.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Parmenion777 (242) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2017
UPDATED: APR 23, 2017 Almost black in colour with a small tan head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and licorice. Moderately sweet taste, coffee, chocolate and roasted flavours. Smooth given high alcohol content, a long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maits (333) - ESTONIA - APR 21, 2017
Black beer with little white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice. Taste is mild sweet chocolate, after comes little bitter and strong licorice and some hints of smoke. Nice creamy texture. Medium body. Good enjoyable stout and still easy drinkable.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2017
Can. Black with no head. Liquorice and a slight spiciness are the main flavours. Smooth and slightly bitter. Impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (1996) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 9, 2017
How: bottle Appearance: almost black, medium to small tanned head. Aroma: coffee, chocholate, toast, nuts and caramel. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (1263) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2017
Near black tan head nose is milk chocolate taste chocolate lactose on a blind tasting would have said this was a sweet stout smooth and velvety. Some light smoke comes through later through the drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11480) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2017
Near black. Rich and toasty, deep malts, light smoke and licorice. Great body. Very nice example of the style

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2017
Can from High Point, Vancouver, best by 11/29/17
Dark brown color, near black, with small head. Some milk cream, light smoke, chocolate. Semi-sweet, chocolate flavor, and some roastiness in the final; the high ABV is well hidden.
A bit boring, but not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiery_1 (803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2017
355ml can @ Matts. Pours an oily opaque black with no head. Nose eludes me. Flavour is also weak and/or bland. The only redeeming quality is the smoothness of how well the abv is integreated. Nothing special here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2017
Dark brown. Fudgey chocolatey aroma. A bit thin on the body. Doesnt have the sugars or esters that one would expect in a foreign stout...just an American stout. Some subtle smoke and toffee so its okay that way. Just not foreign stout at all, but when did Americans ever understand that style?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16609) - 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.


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