aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brew with mahogany highlights that pours with a decent tan head. The head slowly fades to leave a ring around the top of the beer with a nice trailing lace on the glass sides. The aroma is one of roasted coffee and sweetness, with a slight hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light for a stout, but very smooth. The flavors are very good in this beer. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, a little fruitness, and a hint of nuttiness make this a really complex beer that is topped off with a good dose of hops. I believe the hops help create the relatively clean finish. The flavor develops very well as the beer warms. This is a very good beer that could be great, but it lacks the "chewy" mouthfeel that many good stouts present.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark pour, aroma is all coffee and malts. A lot of coffee in the flavor as well, hoppier than it needs to be. Not the best stout out there.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark, full-bodied stout with a very smooth, creamy taste and texture. My only complaint is that it's almost too heavy.
noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great pour and aroma...not thick and heavy like most dark beers...has a bite to it that makes it hard to drink...not one I enjoyed...
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pitch black beer with a brown quickly dissipating head. Quite a roasted aroma to it, coffee and notes of biscuits. Quite smooth, finishes with a hint of acidity. A very smooth roast character, the brewer left out the astringency that can often be found in roasted beers. Not as thick bodied as some examples but still quite nice. As this beer warms up id develops some malty complexity.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very, very dark brown. Raw-edged voluminous bubbles compose the rather wan head. Aroma of wet dog, vanilla milk shake, mild chocolate and a dank graininess. These flavors were certainly present, but the aroma exudes surprisingly little. Flavor is a raw, uncut yeastiness with a fair bit of sourish character. Roasty and smoky, and although it may contain oatmeal, this is not a sweet stout by any means. Powerful unrefined bitterness at the end. Astringent but memorable palate. I just don't think it's that special.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer pours a very dark color with a moderately fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a burned malt and coffee smell. The flavor has a very unnecessary hop character with the most prominent flavor being the roasted malts and coffee. I really did not enjoy this beer because it reminded me more of a porter than it did a sweet stout. The hops gave it a bite where it should have been smooth and easy to drink.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark black liquid that light can not penetrate with a medium amount of caramel colored head that collapses, dissipates to near nothing. Aroma is of roasted malt/coffee with a sweet molasses/hop character. Flavor is of a slightly annoying hop with a roasted/burned coffee/malt. No oatmeal flavor detected. Like most "lightly-hopped" stouts, by sipping - the hop flavor is more prominent and most annoying, but when taken in large mouthfuls, hop flavor can mostly be by-passed. Other than for the hoppy nature of this brew - a good beer. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized dark brown mostly lasting bubbles that left a nice lacing and a opaque black brown colored body behind. Its aroma is extremely nice and full of malty notes. This initial mouthfeel is smooth then finishes with a slight tingle and a lingering rasiny afttertaste The flavor is somewhat thick with a stong malt content and some chocolate notes to its rasin like finish.
PorterPounder (4942) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as night appearance with a thick mocha colored head - good lacing. Sweet, slightly chocolate aroma with a thick creamy mouthfeel. Flavor - detect a bit of caramel with some underlying hop bitterness. Not as syrupy sweet as some sweet stouts - overall a very good stout.