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Siren Broken Dream Bourbon Coffee

Brewery: Siren Craft Brew
Country: England
ABV: 6.5%
Style: American Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This special edition of Broken Dream is brewed with our very own bourbon barrel-aged coffee. We source the finest green beans, age them in wet barrels for at least 12 months before roasting in small batches when required.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.76
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 4th January 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: It poured black in colour with a less than one finger brown head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and brown sugar.
Taste: Roasty malt and milk coffee with only hints of chocolate, vanilla and oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok, but given the name, even if its just the coffee beans aged in bourbon barrels, I was expecting some bourbon flavours, but unfortunately, I got nothing at all.

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Deschutes Obsidian Stout

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American Stout
Other Notes: 55 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Crystal, Carapils, Munich, Black Barley, Roasted Barley and Wheat. Hops – Nugget, Bravo, Delta and Northern Brewer

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Notes of espresso and dark chocolate with a roasty finish.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.17
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 30th January 2017, poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a big frothy three fingered mocha brown head with pretty good retention and great lacing.
Aroma: Light roasty, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of raspberries.
Taste: Sweet-ish milk chocolate, a touch of dark fruit with a bitter roast coffee bean and espresso finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to light bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: An easy to drink Stout with nice chocolate and coffee notes.

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Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque

Brewery: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel
Country: Canada
ABV: 6.5%
Style: American Stout
Other Notes: Cocoa & Vanilla Stout

Brewer Description: (from website) Aphrodite is a dark ale brewed with cocoa and vanilla beans. Its flavour profile offers dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt tones. Gentle sweetness from the vanilla harmonizes alongside the bitterness of cocoa, presenting a subtle and surprisingly balanced finish.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.39
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 250ml pour on tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into a Moeder Lambic snifter glass.
Appearance: It was a pitch black colour with a just less than two finger tanned head that had great retention and lacing.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee bean.
Taste: Dark chocolate truffles with vanilla and a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to light bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: Looks and smells great. Body is a bit on the light side, but it was smooth and well balanced. One of the best stouts out there.

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Moonzen Moon Goddess Chocolate Stout

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5%
Style: American Stout
Other Notes: Brewed with chocolate and vanilla

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Creamy, dreamy, and velvety smooth. This stout contains real chocolate and vanilla. One sip of this elixir of life and you might also fly to the moon! Pairs well with rich spicy food, Sichuan dishes, and chocolate.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.31
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottle numbered 114, with a best before date of 1st June 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep dark brown, near black colour with a three finger beige head that dissipates slowly to a thin foam cap and leaves some nice streaky lacing.
Aroma: First thing I get is coke, followed by chocolate, coffee, hint of lemon and some kind of berry (maybe cranberry).
Taste: Strong sweetish malts followed by chocolate, roasty vanilla and light coffee. The finish has a light fruity berry-ness.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium prickly carbonation.
Overall: This tasted quite nice but was way too light bodied for my preferred stout style.

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Garage Project Aro Noir

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 7%
Style: American Stout
Other Notes: Brewed with roasted barley. Hops – Columbus and Summit.

Brewer Description: (from can) Aro Noir is a pitch blak and full flavoured stout. At its heart is a blend of four malts, with Columbus and Summit hops, creating a citric bitterness and aroma that marries nicely with the roast malt character. Yes, it is inspired by the darkness of a Wellington winter in Aro Valley, but truly it is a stout for all seasons. Join us on the dark side.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 10th August 2016 and poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a pitch black colour with a big almost three finger dark tan head that stuck around for a while and left nice streaky lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, light char and bittersweet chocolate.
Taste: Starts with a light roast, coffee and light char followed by a bitter espresso and citric finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
Overall: This was good with nice coffee flavours mixed in with some smoky char and a bitter fruit finish. Light enough to be a stout for all seasons.

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