BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle Date coded Black with a very thin creamy film on top. Aroma is sweet and slightly metallic. Some cookies, chocolate and oats provide attractive notes. Body is low on carbonation, smooth, creamy and medium to full bodied. Flavor is sweet and delicious. Slightly lactic, sweet roasty and a tad bitter in the finish. Nice malt blend on this one. Thanks Slob.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: motor oil black, with a thick, cocoa-tan head, looking like a liquid oatmeal cookie, fluffy, creamy, oh-so-inviting.
Aroma: creamy and light, with minor espresso notes, chocolate, lively and warm, opening up as go, more flavors opening up, anise, brown sugar, molasses, all contributing to a tasty, toasty nose.
Taste: Full-bodied, massively textured, continuously flavorful, chewy and chocolatey, with a touch of ash. (Sure it's not Alaskan Smoked Stout?)
Very nice, very good. I could get used to this one.
I'm partial to this style, and this version grabbed me the right way.
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-pours 95% black with little tean head along rim of snifter. lots of carbonation for a stout. stale aroma similar to Sam Smith's oatmeal. weak palate. reminds me of left hand milk stout. pretty tame. thanks to Jsquire for the trade :)
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black with a huge tan head with no lacing. The aroma is very roasty and sweet with some caramel and chocolate milk, the dark malts are solid with some coffee and caramel along with that trademart oat/flaked barley creamyness. The flavor is very well balanced with some sweet leftover sugars mixed with the roastyness and a light touch of bitter hops. Very well balanced, delicious.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, it has that dark stoutiness to it. I poured an ungodly huge head on it. Creamy head, tannish head. Nice lacing. Coffee, chocolate, roast, raisins and a bit of hops grace the olfactory senses. Flavor is much the same as that of the aroma. The fruit (raisin/grapes) come out a bit more here in the flavor. The malts are still as strong. The palate is oily, body is slightly thin, and finishes with a touch of smoke and bittering hops.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted malt aroma and flavor. Creamy body leaves your mouth feeling like its coated. Long sweet milky finish.
sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pretty damn flat and black. Light roasty nose. Med/light body, creamy mouthfeel. Roasted and smoke flavors with some chocolate also. Finish is fairly dry and thin.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with little to no head, maybe a little brownish head in the corners. A nice subtle chocolate malt aroma to it, like ice cold chocolate milk. Chocolate in the body of course with some dark fruits, maybe some rhubarb-i could only wish. Not bad at all, i usually only go for the imperials, but this one was solid.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I'm not one to ring the "underrated" bell too often, but for chrissakes! This stuff is fantastic! This is very much along the lines of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and about 95% as good (although I'll bet you can always find this non-skunked). Appearance is typical sweet stout: ruby/black, swirling tan head. Aroma of dark molasses, raisins, and hot cocoa, with the requisite milky undertones and wisps of smoke. Flavor is smoky, sweet, chocolately, and devoid of the sour and astringent notes that plague lesser stouts. Just the right amount of roasted notes for my taste. The only better non-imperials that I've had are Bell's and SSOS. The only weakness is a lack of body in the finish.
aracauna (3409) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark but not truly black. The head is light tan, but weak and it fades quickly. Chocolate malt and fruit are gentle on the nose while the flavor has a bit of roast malt that lingers on the tongue after the candied dates fade from the palate. A bitterness that almost seems out of place after the softness of the rest of the flavors fades lingers on for a bit.