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Review by Oxymoron on 11/08/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 0
I don't understand what the label is. Pours a midnight black color with some ruby red highlights. A good pour left a good sized tan head. Good retention as it hid around the edge of the glass and good lacing.

The nose has a nice stout aroma but no real smoke. Malt notes come out nicely with some roast and chocolate notes. Some lactic quality that seems more of a milky aroma versus oat-like characteristics. Some lighter esters, cherries and raisins. Some minor yeast notes but ok. A light vanilla note as well.

The taste brings out the smoke and balances nicely with the stout. To start the malt brings out more of a chewy essences with the roast backing off and more of a chocolate notes. The astringency is minimal. This allows a very nice smoke to come out with more of a liquid smoke flavor (versus meaty). Some silkiness that is more of a diactyl then lactic. Some milky undertones. A light yeast character but soft overall. Minor notes of raisins and figs. Some lighter hop notes with a more earth and pepper finish.

Body is moderate with some nice chewy textures. Carbonation is light but ok. So I could see how this beer would be considered off as the smoke is moderate, but for me I think it is right on. Doesn't overpower the beer and blends nicely. Some minor brewing notes, but still tasty.

Served In: Pint Glass