RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long forgotten shadows of the human soul.

Our inky-black stout had a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.

TYPE: Stout
YEAST: English Style Ale
HOPS: Apollo, Goldings
MALTS: Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Munich
ABV: 5.7
GRAVITY: 15.00 Plato
SRM: 80.0
AVAILABILITY: October 15 to January 15

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ganache (5905) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. Nose is heavy roast, tar, light ash, really nice and brutal compared to sweetened and milky stouts. Brown-black pour with a fizzy light brown/tan head. Watery light body, sweet but not cloying, very light bitterness (surprisingly little, actually) with light acridity and roast. Really, the hard-bop offerings hinted at in the nose just don’t materialize here. Though there is some fruit to bring up the slack (usual suspects and the interesting addition of distinct black currant traces in the finish) and a clean dollop of yeast character. Chocolate and a soft bit on the sides without being oily. Actually ends up being interesting and quite refreshing, just different than expected.

Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours near black with creme head that dissipates. Smells a bit boozy with little carbonation. No boozy flavors with hints of chocolate and coffee. It's a bit thin for a stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2014
bottle into glass, pitch black pour with light brow head, aroma is coffe, and cream, taste is awesome! would do again!

SpringsLicker (3641) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Black pour with a small head that amounted to a ring of tan bubbles. Light aroma of roast malts. The flavor is lightly bitter with the bitterness coming equally from the roast malts and the hops. Towards the thin side, well carbonated despite the small head.

AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Black in color small head. Malt, roasted, chocolate aroma. Malty, chocolate, very lite bitterness, smooth and low but good carbination. Good beer

PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint can big elm glass, pours a dark black with brown hues. Head is light brown, light, loose bubbles, 3cm ring, some lacing. Aroma is a mixture of matl bases grass, sweet coco, dark molasses and dry chocolate. Taste is dry and slightly bitter coco, malty satisfaction comes in the flush going down, with dark choco drifts and mild sweet coffee, maybe decaf, holding reigns. Body is adequately deep, satisfying and rich, but not overlly syrup thick rich, nice, dry, malt bases backbone rich. Bitter and dry finish leads me back for the inviting roasty coca hints from the beginning. will it go round in circles?

robgibbens (432) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours black with a nice tan foam. Slightly fruity aroma over roasted malt. Chocolate milky character, slightly bitter. Nice smooth finish. Aftertaste is mellow, not harsh like some stouts can be.

Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
From bottle. Rich, roasty, and tangy with coffee, molasses, soy, and smoke. Hearty nose with a bit of alcoholic sweetness. Dark black opaque with thin creamy tan lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation, fizzy. Starts dry and roasty with carbonic tang and acrid smoky notes. Light sweetness but fairly dry with carbonic tang. Mild chocolate and coffee, with a hint of molasses.

chucklemation (1685) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Dark brown stout with a foamy off-white head. Smells of chocolate and malts. Taste is malts with light hints of spice or fruit. Goes down smooth. A very solid stout.

Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Solid stout from the mix twelve pack. Dark, dark brown with ruby edges and a decent tan head that has some lasting power. Smell is mostly roasted with some dark semi sweet chocolate malts, earthy hops. Taste is dark chocolate, just a hint of dark fruits, roast, old coffee grinds, little earthy hops. LIngering finish, medium palate.

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