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Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-29-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

This bottle is from the Spring 2007 release, so it has about 4 months rest.

A very good looking RIS with some active bubbles and decent amount of hot chocolate colored head.

Big roasted aroma with some chocolate malts, coffee, toffee, hints of cherries, and cocoa.

Taste is very much in line with the aroma but with a little more cocoa in the lead. Great roasted flavor that’s complimented with the coffee and slight bitterness in the finish. Still a bit of a hop bite in this one. The alcohol is well hidden but not completely absent from the beer and works in the manner of a pleasant warm feeling as it goes down and sits in the stomach without a burning sensation. The finish is semi-dry with an aftertaste of coffee and chocolate malts.

This is a RIS that would age really well and I’m putting aside a few to test it.

Served In: Pint Glass