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Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 4 9 2006
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-23-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for the recent trade. A 2006 vintage.

Now, I know the site will place this as my 100th review but it’s actually my 99th since I mistakenly added a beer twice and is counting that one as two reviews. Nonetheless this is still a worthy beer to appear as my 100th review (my real 100th review will be an Angel’s Share).

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass at around cellar temp.

The color is black with hints of red when the light hits the beer. Not the darkest stout I’ve seen but still a very nice color. In the glass it looks a few shades darker than how it poured, with some light brown around the edge of the glass, reminiscent of a cola soda. Almost zero head and the tinniest bubbles of carbonation are present.

The aroma is of oak, burned wood, vanilla, grains, smoke, a bit of caramel, cherries and strawberries, chocolate, corn husks maybe (probably thinking back to the grains), and a bit of molasses.

The taste is surprisingly sweet upfront with lots of chocolate and a warm finish. The second sip revealed some soy sauce, smoke, cherries, big malt profile (chocolate and roasted), vanilla, and wood/oak notes. Also making a presence is some anise, malted milk, and a few others which I know I’m missing but can’t quite put my finger on. It also tastes a bit similar to a smoked porter.

The mouth-feel is very smooth with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. There is a warm alcohol finish which lingers for a while in the back of the mouth. You can feel the alcohol warm you up as it goes down the esophagus and hit your stomach. I would dock off at least half a point for the presence of the alcohol but I think that is the intent of this beer and it is meant to be a beer to warm you up on a cold day/night so in that mindset I think it does it with success. Sticky lips after you pull back from each sip.

This one looks, smells, tastes, and feels like a big beer. This beer is definitely a sipper.

Overall this is a very good beer and one I am glad to have a couple more to age longer and see how it changes in another year.

Served In: Bottle