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Overall: 8.82/10 by 3 dudes

Standard Deviation: 0.13 or 1.47%

Trend: 8.82/10 over past 5 reviews

Style: American Stout

ABV: 7.00%

IBU: 49

Season: Winter

Have Another: 100%

310 beers rated with a 8.28 average
  • 9.00/10 have another
  • A: 9.0 | T: 9.0 | L: 9.0 | M: 9.0 | O: 9.0
  • sDev: 2.04% Color: Black
  • Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly melts into a swirl of foam floating on top and clingy to the sides of the glass. Some watery lacing.

    The aroma is complex and different but very pleasing. A mixture of vanilla, orange, sweet molasses, and a hint of smoke hiding underneath.

    The taste is just as interesting and complex as the aroma. Starts with a milky sweetness that works into a mix of vanilla, a bit of orange and dark smoked malts with a slightly bitter dark chocolate finish.

    Medium body with medium carbonation. A milky smooth mouth feel, while also having a bit of a watery feel to it. Slightly dry on the finish with a sticky sweetness on the lips.

    A very impressive beer. I like it a lot and I can't say that I have ever had anything like it. A very unique combination of aromas and flavors making if intriguing and interesting. The unique characters of this beer make it hard to describe and makes me keep coming back for a sip. A very cool beer that is worth a try!
  • Reviewed: Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 21:23:41
  • Tasted: Thursday, March 08, 2012
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
361 beers rated with a 7.93 average
  • 8.70/10 have another
  • A: 9.0 | T: 9.0 | L: 9.0 | M: 8.0 | O: 8.0
  • sDev: 1.36% Color: Mahogany
  • A: Dark kakai soft foam head of smallish proportions. Deep mahogany color and clear.

    S: Complex as hell. This brew I am having was bottled in November 2009. Some faint smoke, some of malt sugary or carameliness, then licorice or orange.

    T: Tangy, dry, then multiple dark and inter mingled flavor notes.

    O: Super original and deeply complex. Must try again to really understand this beer. Seek out this unique, style bender.
  • Reviewed: Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 21:19:29
  • Tasted: Thursday, March 08, 2012
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
1,189 beers rated with a 7.81 average
  • 8.76/10 have another
  • A: 9.0 | T: 9.0 | L: 10.0 | M: 8.0 | O: 8.0
  • sDev: 0.68% Color: Deep Brown
  • From a bottle labelled "bottled November 2009".

    Pours opaque with an inch of handsome, light brown foam. Retention is medium at best leaving nary a trace.

    Aroma is a bit different than expected from a stout. Old peat that has lost a bit is fortified by vanilla, sweet molasses, licorice, and light roast.

    Taste is even more off the beaten path (Robert Frost). Sweet up front with smoke/peat picking up quickly, joined by vanilla. The end is complex: smoke, licorice, roast, and chocolate formulate an inviting rue. The finish bring a touch of achy chocolate.

    Medium body with a higher than expected amount of carbonation for a 30 month old beer. Palate is dried intermittently.

    This is a really interesting beer, lending a new perspective to an American stout. If the smoke would be stronger on a fresh version, I would prefer the aged. Enjoy!
  • Reviewed: Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 21:18:42
  • Tasted: Thursday, March 08, 2012
  • $0.00 for 22 oz. bottle