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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
First in a series of special stouts, debuted at the 10th Annual PA Microbrewers' Festival, 6/5/2004

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Smells sweet, vinous, roasty, bitter, carbonated, dark, good head. Touch of Cascades. Taste: quite bitter, almost a dry stout, but the taste is hops, not barley. Tastes like grapefruits and dark oily malt. Reminds me vaguely of Alpha Klaus. Not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Brewtopia 2004: Blackish brown with a tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, powerful bitter sweet ending. Id like to try this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2004
On tap for limited tasting at Alternative Brews in Buffalo. Pours out very dark, brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee, a little chocolate, and liquorice. Flavor starts out pretty sweet with chocolate and liquorice and follows up with some serious roasty/burnt malt flavors. Fat and chewy, alcohol is noticible though. Overall a winner, looking forward to the next two stouts in the series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3458) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Tap at Brewtopia, Good nose, usual chocolate coffee thing. Brownish black color. Burnt/chocolate/coffee flavors. Thinner than I expected, though still oily creamy. Very tasty. Nice brew from New York

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (11023) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2004
This beer rocks!... on tap at Brewtopia 2004... Very, very dark brew with a creamy, well-tanned head. The nose is of cocoa, smoke, espresso and hay. The burnt flavor is of dark cocoa and is very well-hopped for balance. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish. World class beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (17129) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
Almost black. Hugely roasty aroma, with a slight fruitiness. Intensely roasty palate. Very hoppy (some tropical fruit notes derive from this). Balanced, very intense. A little two-dimensional, for a style that exemplifies complexity, but I think they were going for a bigger version of the Storm King theme on this one. Like that beer, its nice, but not complex enough to be a show-stopper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2004
Chocolate, caramel and espresso malt (H). Deep black body. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Tastes like a dry stout. Medium body, oily/dry texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: dry stout gone haywireif you like them, try itbut Im not a fan of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Brewtopia04. Black beer; dark, thick head. Nutty and fruity nose (banana, prune, citrus) and roasty. Big. Nicely dry and hoppy. Big ABV not very evident...I would have liked the booziness to work its way into the character more. Sort of forest like in the nutty, hoppy combo. Nice first experience with Southern Tier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2004
draught at brewtopia - in order to sample this beer I had to - 1. wait for the seemingly ignored southern tier folks to get ice in their coolers - and - 2. tolertate the somewhat inhospitable southern tier reps - but it was so worth it - this is amazing stuff - one of the darkest tan heads Ive ever seen, with an aroma of roasted nuts and coffee - hoppy for an IS? - sure, but so is Storm King, and that beer rules - besides, the hops really help to accent the roasty, woody, nutty characteristics of the beer - very full bodied - chocolate lingers in the finish forever - too bad this is a one-off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
(brewtopia04) Black body with lovely turgif pour that results in a large tan head. Lovely lacing too. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, cocoa, grapefruit, faint anise. Taste is creamy, coffee, grapefruit, some vinous. Finish is grapefruit and mild alcohol burn. Full body.

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