brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black pour, slight malt aroma with a touch of chocolate, this turned to a dark chocolate roast aroma as it warmed. Smooth roasted malt and chocolate taste a little on the light side. In the lower part of the upper catagory of stouts.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thin tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Nice roasted malt flavor with a good deal of hop bitterness. Quite dry, which is a welcome change from all the Impy Stouts Iíve been drinking lately. Iím glad
I bought a whole case.
Nuffield (3987) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting aroma: breakfast cereal (Cheerios, Raisin bran), coffee, chocolate, new winter raincoat...all very intriguing. Dark brown, frothing head. A bit watery, leaving something roasted and burnt, like the residue of crisp bacon, and with some smoky notes, like gentle wisps of smoldering logs on a dying holiday fire. A hint of deep-friend fish, too. Too dry for my taste.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very rich leathery roasted aroma, dark black with minimal head, very bittersweet roastiness, good body but lacking balance
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mose is very nice with rich roasted malts and oatmeal. Dark black body with thin beige head. Flavor has notes of smoke and the usual stout flavors. Overall this is kind of thin and watery.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a frothy, creamy, fairly thick, brown head. The beer itself is an opaque, deep brown, almost black color. The aroma is at first rich and chocolaty with notes of espresso and roasted malt, biscuits and bready toast, it then begins to pick up some husky notes that detract a bit, comes from using too much American roasted malts (just a guess though). At certain times I can see this flavor really appealing to me, but right now it is a little much, though not so much that I am going to dump this beer, which I am prone to do if a beer leaves me feeling unsatisfied.
In some ways this tastes very much like Ellies Brown, just with more dark malt character. It is fairly light, nicely drinkable, but the rough dark malt notes that where barely perceptible in Ellies Brown are starting to become dominant here. This is not a bad flavor per se, but it just adds a harshness to this beer that is not really needed.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours black with a brownish tan head. nice roasted aroma. very dry roasted barley flavor that has a nice touch of bitterness in the finish. a very good dry stout.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black, ruby tinged appearance with a small tan head. Coffee in nose. Strong coffee in flavor, and lots of bitterness up front. Nice roasty feel to it. Fairly good beer.
tobias (206) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: pours blac with a big tan head. strong bitter roasted malt aroma. taste is very roasted and dry. very little sweetness. a little fruitiness from the hops. coffee on the finish perhaps a litte smokiness in there. over a a good stout but i prefer them to be sweeter.
raymow (1344) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but I prefer a sweeter stout than a dry stout. Great color, nice foamy white head, and so-so aroma.