RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A traditional stout using dark roasted malted barley to create a full-bodied ale. Rounded with the smooth flavor of oats, the addition of English Kent Goldings hops produces a creamy stout that has proven to be a favorite.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Dark brown beer with a tan head. The flavor and aroma is chocolate/ coffee. The right amount of residual sweetness. A very good beer. The wife even likes it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (6488) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
12 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Black pour with ruby highlights at the edges under a small light brown head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate with lots of roast as well. Accents of lactose, coffee, and oats. Flavor is a little too lactic and astringent, covering up some of the roast and more subtle flavors suggested by the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little oily up front, but thins toward the finish. I thought that this beer had alot of potential after such a pleasing appearance and aroma but it just didnt deliver on the back end. Normally the addition of oat helps out on the body and mouthfeel but I didnt feel that it made an impact on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
Nose of roasted malt, coffee and some light chocolate. Pours dark brown with no transparency and a tan head that doesnt last. Very roasty with espresso and malt with light cocoa. Very light hops in the finish with a thinner mouthfeel compared to the top stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
This sweet stout pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Large sized white beige foamy head with strong lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and coffee, kind of sweet. A medium bodied sweet stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. The beer is a little lactic tasting, but very mild and only a little distracting from all the coffee flavors. This could be because the beer is turning or could from all the vanilla and cocoa flavors. Good balance of the chocolate, malt and coffee flavors. The lactic taste sort of works in this beer, I would rather it NOT be there but Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 Re-rate 5+ years later thanks to Dakine, Bottle and served in Bells Tulip:

YEAH, no sourness to be found. While the malt profile is a tad weak there is still enough nutty, roasty, bready, chocolate, and ashy characteristics to make me happy. Best of all is a distinct EKG hop profile on both the nose and palate. Still could use a bit more heft on the mouth feel, a tad too fizzy but it was also quite enjoyable. I completely redid my scores to reflect this new bottle which it appears has little in common with what I had many many moons ago. Again, thanks Dak for the re-rate.

Original rating Bottle, gift from Aaron and served in a GL snifter: The beer pours a deep brown hue with a fading fizzy head and left some lace in its wake. The aroma has notes of coffee, mocha, smoke, walnut and mild bitter profile. There is also a hint of sour cherry on the nose. The acidic and sour nature I detected on the nose is also found on the palate and after reading the post below, there is a good chance that this beer is turning bad. Behind that off-flavor, there are some rich malt notes and some hoppy bitterness as well. The feel is fizzy and lively, thin-bodied. Again, my rating is skewed because of a potental bad bottle, will rerate if given the chance of a fresher brew. *The notch on the label is for March*

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Thanks to FlacoAlto for this beer.

Poured a rich black with a creamy brown head. Delicious aroma of coffee, cream, cherries, and a touch of whiskey. Taste is somewhat disappointing compared to the aroma. Coffee and cream notes come first but are soon followed by a bit of acidity that feels out of place. Decent body, but I like them thicker. Im actually wondering if this bottle was on its way out. Too bad, because if it was and it was this good, I can only imagine how this beer is fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours black with a fair mocha creamy head that stays well and laces in patterns down the glass. Aromas of chocolate and coffee blend together with caramel over roasted malts. Flavor is much the same with a nice bitter hop finish before the lingering sweet chocolate aftertaste. Palate is quite smooth and creamy. Mouthcoating. The oatmeal adds some grit to this one. I like it. A very nice finish to dinner tonight!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2005
12oz Bottle from FalcoAlto. Thanks. Poured a very dark brown/black with a huge and creamy tan head. Nose was roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Nice. mmmmhhmm. There is chocolate and coffee and roasted caramel, but there is a pine like hop wandering around my tongue. This was a very nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Luscious roasted barley aroma with some sugary sweetness. Deep black pour with a small head. Wowbig flavor. Milky sweetness combines with burnt malts and a wallop of hoppiness. Oaty velvet is a lovely addition. A very tasty stout. Thanks to FlacoAlto for the deliciousness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2005
From FlacoAlto, thanks, sir. Some roasted malt, but the aroma is mild. Deep black with thumb thick mocha head. Very bitter and acidic in the fore with ample coffee notes. Middle is a lessened version of the fore taste with a touch of sweetness from the finish which is cream and sugar espresso and chocolate.

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