Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured an opaque color w/ very slight head and thin lacing. The aroma was roasty w/ coffee and dark fermented fruit notes. The flavor was full of roast and coffee w/ a dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well-rounded and creamy. Very enjoyable.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bomber purchased @ Southbay Drugs and Liquor. Pours as a dark opaque black with a san colored pillow of foam. The aroma is a sweet and smoked malt profile that will really open up more in the flavor. Such a rich sweet flavor that is displayed by dark roasted malt and light background of Irish cream or vanilla aftertaste that this makes for an excellent stout. Would love to see this distributed like the other Alpine beers.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Inky black in color with a small white head. Black malt, chimney aroma. Nice rich and creamy quaff. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, toffee, roast and slight vanilla. A touch of hops makes this a winner for me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black yet deceivingly dark as dark brown can get. Medium loosely frothy broken chocolate brown colored crown that remains constant for a good measure; lace in minimal spots. Aroma is packed with solid roasted malt with some nice espresso and dark chocolate notes creeping through. Not fully potent or strong really but very nice to let simmer and wiff. Taste is well rounded with a smooth chocolate front thats favorably dark and lush with a creamy lingering into the middle where espresso flavors really meld in incredibly nicely. Nice roasted oh-so-clos-to-burnt espresso-like flavors and the bittering is subdued enough for full enjoyment. Quite nice to behold. Hence the finish, where it gets a bit of everything mixing and changing with a sweetened roast filled espresso dryness that has a chocolate twinge of bitterness to top it off. Feel is smooth and close to full with a good amount of give in each sip and is a bit sweet in areas with an espresso and chocolatey drying coming through from midway all the way to its remarkable little finish. Nice lingering capabilities with the bittering and espresso. This reminds me alot of the Bell's Java Stout, just not as over the top as the Bell's but right up there just the same.
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On NITRO at O’Brien’s in San Diego. First of all, I love this beer. But when combined with nitro, it’s simply wonderful! A fantastic creamy off-white, slightly chocolaty head that lingers quite long. The head makes it so scrumpschous and chewy, and the flavor doesn’t dissapoint either! Fantastic mild tones (very mild) of chocolate and coffee and vanilla, but a pronounced "fresh" flavor that comes from the carmel malts. Very sweet and dry and quite drinkable. I’m a huge fan... especially on NITRO!!
hamilton23 (578) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Alpine Brew Pub. Pours a dark, almost black with almost no head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of chocolate with some nuts. Very drinkable.
kmweaver (3200) - 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.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brew pours midnight brown w/ a full, creamy, spattered froth. Good head retention w/ a lasting full lace. Aromas of malted chocolate and a defined roasted coffee bean Full nectar w/ soft residual effers creates a velvety texture. A big roasted malt character enveloped in a chocolatey cloak. Nuances of steak, cherry, roasted coffee bean, leather, w/ a slight herbal essence. This brew lives up to it’s description. Theres a nice mild molases sweetness that keeps me coming back for more. The finish is bittered better than well but the thick malts keep it balanced. Highly recommended.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Tan head. Ashy aroma with chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is nice and toasty with chocolate and coffee
johnnnniee (1820) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks as always for the opportunity. Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to the light. Tightly bubbled tan head dissipates quickly to form a cap. Smells of coffee and milk chocolate, caramel, and a slight bit of ash deep in the back. Taste is roasty with coffee, chocolate, caramel, a bit of dark fruit. Lingering fruity roasted gran bitterness in the finish. Prickly carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Nice stout. A bit high on the carbonation, but otherwise a great stout.