bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a thick long lasting tan head. Aroma of lactose sourness, light coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, lactose, caramel, chocolate, and coffee.
kramer (5257) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, via fordest. Pours a clear dark brown body under a rather large fizzy brown head that seems a little excessive. Thick patchy lacing. The nose is a nice aggressive blend of roast and coffee with a light chalkiness. Some milk chocolate and light hops. The flavor is all roast up front with the chocolate and coffee emerging on the moderately bitter finish. A late lingering chalky dryness comes out long after the swallow. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly soft feel, but the carbonation is just way too active, foaming on contact with the tongue. Overall, this beer was totally solid, save for the carbonation issue. Leting it breathe didn’t help either.
after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Thanks, Boboski! This is a nice little beer. Pours black with a dirty tan head. Not much lace. Nice chocolate, cola, and pepper nose. Medium body, firm carb, big forward chocolate, roast, and metal flavors right from the first. Good stuff.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at O’Briens. Arrived in the glass black and opaque. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and milk, herbal and floral notes as well. Roasty malts, bitter chocolate, milk, clover and honey in the flavor. Medium to full body, creamy smooth and gently carbonated. Nice little stout!
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Disappointing. Dark brown pour, almost blach, creamy mocha head. Nice lacing. Nose is metallic and tart, with notes of chocolate and espresso. Smells and tastes a lot like a dry stout. Flavor is sour mash, burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. Finish is again sour/metallic, medium length. Medium bodied. Was hoping for more.....highly overrated.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, O’Briens. Pours a very dark, brownish black color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Creamy roasted and chewy milk chocolate in the aroma; light vanilla notes. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: dense, milk chocolate and soft roasted malts at the forefront; creamy, toasty vanilla and chocolate-tinged stout; exceptionally drinkable and generous. Lengthy, milk chocolate and creamy roasted malt finish. Excellent, excellent stout.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by EDA. Dry, slightly roasty passion fruit aroma. Brad, boring flavor. Odd, lactic sweetness seems misplaced, and the beer in general feels really off-kilter. Not a fan.
IrishBoy (3911) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from KingG, Thanks; Nose of chocolate, roastiness, and light coffee notes; Almost opaque but clear very dark brown with a medium tan head; flavor is chocolate, coffee, and light smoke with a tingly mouthfeel. Good stout but no where near outstanding!
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Markus and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Pours deep brown with an initial huge rocky head which fades to a beige covering, okay lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate and coffee, smoke and roast, grassy and herbal hops, a hint of apple and plum.
The taste is a well balance approach of sweet malt, bitter hop and coffee, acidic twangy fruit, and a hint of ashy smoke. A hybrid that has equal parts sweet stout and equal parts dry stout in a refreshing package. The mouth feel is sprite and dry, a bit metallic however. Overall a very serviceable stout.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, no date. Deep brown with a 1/2 finger tan head, pretty good retention. Brown sugar, roasted malts, milk chocolate, and light ash. More sweet than roasty. Added soy and tobacco strangely make their way into the flavor, which was not expected, but I thought was quite nice--nothing like the aroma. Semidry ashy lightly tangy finish, and not in a bad way. As this warms some light pine. Some bitterness lingers. Medium body with a light to moderate carbonation. Very good beer.