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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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American Stout, full-bodied, roasted, and highly hopped.
Each dawn is clear. Cold air bites the throat. Thick frost on the pine bough. Leaps from the tree snapped by the diesel. On the darkest days of the year, light becomes a luxury. Just when you think you cannot penetrate the darkness... SNAP! Light pierces through the roasted pine forest.

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3.9
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Growler courtesy of Beerbill. Pours a dark brown with a reddish tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate. Tastes of coffee, cocoa, very malty, llittle lactose sugar taste, slightly hopped. Beer is balanced very well. Finishes heavy bodied with a semi-sweet flavor.

3.7
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 Tap at Stanton Publick House. Black with mid-sized tan head. Big roasted chocolate and coffee aroma and taste. Good hop presence. I can’t believe it’s only %6.6. Full bodied with with a fair amount of carbonation.

4
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours almost opaque with a small amount of light coming through and givign a ruby edge. Nose is slight malts and a very faint touch of chocolate (very faint). Flavor is robust and thick with malts. Not really much else going on besides that, but it stays on for a while and stays smooth. Feel is smooth and silken on the tongue with a decent amount of bubble. Overall a smooth stout. Nothing wild or crazy, but stays smooth and even and worth the shot.

3.7
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Growler filled at Bellport Beer and Soda. Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that only lasted through the first couple of sips. This may have been due to some loss of carbonation during the growler fill, as this was fairly lively stuff in the bottle shop. Pleasant aroma of toasted malt with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is initially roasted malt with some light coffee and chocolate followed by the usual Sixpoint hops kick. Finishes dry and bitter. A bit too hoppy for the style for my tastes but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.9
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Sample courtesy of weeare138. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, vanilla, nuts, caramel, and some chocolate. Tastes of roast, chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee. A very nice stout indeed.

3.8
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Thanks to sixpoint for the trade... Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a small light tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of nutty, cocoa, java, caramel, vanilla cream, & roasted malts. Taste mimics the aromas with more java and roasted cocoa beans coming through in the flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with some caramel and brown sugar filling out the palate leading to a roasty, dry finish.

3.8
egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Poured a dark mahogany color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla beans, light caramel, and smoke. Taste of dry roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of smoke, and more vanilla bean. Dry finish, nice stout.

4
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Thanks to weeare138. Hand bottled by brewer. Pours a deep brown with an average bubbly/creamy off white head. Aroma of chocolate, lightly roasted malts, some coffee, milk chocolate and a touch of orange. Flavor of milk chocolate, lightly roasted malts

4.3
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
I had a pint of this at the Blind Tiger in NYC today with two spicy Banh Mi-Vietnamese style pork sandwiches. The ale was very heavy with a malty cream on top which was followed by a chocolate/espresso bitterness. I really loved this dark monster of an ale which silenced the peppery pork into submission.

3.7
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Draught at the Gate--"2005" keg. I remember that the initial release of this was 8.4% abv and quite hoppy for a stout. Here, two years later, the ’vintage’ keg pour has aromas of sweet black coffee, dark chocolate and a touch of licorice. Flavours of chocolate and sludgey burnt coffee with a touch of a pecan bitterness. Some charred leaf on the finish. Nicely aged, and any extra hops seemed to have disappated over time. Smooth and full.


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