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Review by seaoflament on 09/08/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2005
I got this beer a while back from MrBURTON55, thanks.

This beer pours as dark as chocolate syrup and a half inch of tanned foam. Head doesn’t retain for more than half a minute and then reduces to a ring.

First I get a chocolate flavored liquor aroma with some strong anise and licorice. After I finish pouring I can smell a wonderful mixture of dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, dates, figs, cherry, dry prunes, vanilla, toast, chocolate malt, roasted barley, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and malted milk. There is also a subtle salty and meaty aroma, makes me think I might need a fork and knife to finish this one. Something just falls a bit short for me for a higher score but it is pretty solid.

Nice roastiness upfront with a mixture of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh bread, toast, a bit of vanilla, licorice, raisins, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Very woodsy with some oak flavors in the finish and aftertaste. I also taste some cocoa in the finish.

Syrupy feel initially but surprisingly there is still a good amount of carbonation that helps pick this one up in the finish. A good semi-dry finish helps balance this one out from being too sweet, nice roasted barley dryness.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the roasted profile so it is fairly easy to drink.

I’m pretty satisfied at how this one has held up so far.

Served In: Pint Glass