Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a large dense tan head that laces very well.
Raisins, chocolate milk, charcoal, cocoa and vanilla in the nose.
Pleasantly flavorful with dry chocolate and cocoa up front. The mid-palate is stale of dark fruits. The finish is dry with cookie dough, honey and vanilla.
Very well balanced and a well brewed stout.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The last time I had this was in Southwest Harbor, Maine. I was enjoying a nice greasy plate of fried clams with a 5oz plastic cup full of this brew oceanside. The circumstances tonight are vastly different. Trendous caramel head and deep burgundy in appearance. Deep roasted flavor with some wine-like flavors, fruity yeast, and bittering hops. A decent stout, but not great.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow! After trying this and not being that impressed I come here and find Iíll being going against the grain. Was a totally average beer imo. Dark brown pour with a decent tan head. Nose was roasted malt as usual. Body was a little thin for my tastes. Good full flavored beer but nothing is jumping out and making a statement. I think lackluster may be a little strong but nothing to write home about isnt.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brew # 01501... Poured a dark black with just a little red around the edges, light khaki head, and some sparce lacing on the glass. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. Brownies, fudge, and dark fruits. Chocolate and roast coffee taste. Sweet, possibly even some alcohol noticed here? Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. I prefer dry stouts to be a little lighter in alcohol, but that is not knocking this one. Very well balanced for what it is, and very fulfilling. Big props to the parents for bringing this back from their vacation for me!
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as a total eclipse with a nice large tan head. There is a very big robust aroma coming from the glass. Coffee and chocolate mix together perfectly. The aroma taunts you into taking a sip before you can fully enjoy it. The beer is just flat out spectacular. The chocolate, coffee, and dark carmel malt presence helps make this probably my favorite stout ever, and possibly my favorite beer ever, which is hard since Iím a hop head. Itís full, enveloping, and round. It has such a dry wonderful presence and a very pleasant and slightly salty finish.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 (7/4/04) This is a textbook stout in every way. Smell, color, and head first impressed me. The 22oz bottle was a 40 minute experiance for me, and I enjoyed every sip. Very distinct flavors are present in this beer, incredible definition and taste. This beer isnít particularly creamy, but extremely dry. I actually prefer the Stout at Sebago Brewing in Southern Maine to this, but thatís simply because I enjoy a sweet stout more than a dry. For what it is though this beer is one of the best iíve ever had.
(3/13/06) Resampled this beer because itís been a fair amount of time since I had it, plus Iíve grown a lot as a stout drinker since then. I expected Iíd be shifting the numbers around that I had for this beer, but Iím simply amazed itís as good as I rated it. This bottle-only stout is simply perfect. Itís not too complex, but just complex enough. Itís got depth that you need to dig into, but itís also actually drinkable which is more than what I can say for stouts like WWS and Mephistoples. This is a fantastic stout made by a great brewer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blackest ebon hue, save for the red at foot of glass, with a fine, fizzy, roasty tan head, generously lacey.
Aroma: bits of coffee, and cocoa, very dry, offering up flavors, but never too boldly, with a carbonated, cola-ish feel, as well.
Taste: Nice, bristling hops at the fore, soon to fade, and settle back into a light, crisp, chocolatey cushion. Gets more coffee & cocoa, further in, never straying from the dry stout definition, but probably further defining in, saying, "yeah, this is it, no more questions!"
Yum. As a stout-ophile, stout-fanatic, whatever you want to say, this fully fits the style...but, personally, I like divergences and differentiations from the norm, so it doesnít "wow" me...cool "dry" version, though, and an excellent "session stout"...not enough of those around nowadays, is there?
Flavor feels more solid the more I consume, and Iíve got to give this a nod as a top notch version of a neglected style...slainte!
ross (2034) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow, what a stout! superb in every way, color, taste, smell, you name it this beer does it. certainly the best of the maine brews i have sampled so far. a nice sweet flavor (leading me to believe this is more of a sweet than a dry, but whatever). hints of coffee that are masked completely on aftertaste. i wasnt expecting this beer to be as good as it was. certianly the best brew to come out of maine as far as im concerned.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a top notch stout. The pour is solid black with a tan thin layered head settling on top. Roasted malt in the nose with a hint of chocolate. The flavors are a fine combination of coffee, sweet malt, and chocolate. A touch of hops gives a nice dry finish. Medium bodied and not too heavy for a stout. Iíll need to get another one shipped to me real soon.
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Equipment: 22 oz bottle served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet.
Appearance: Dark dark black with brown highlights that poured out a bit like some used motor oil. A light brown head formed and stuck around for a few sips before it decided to settle down to a small layer of thick and creamy foam.
Aroma: Rich roasted malts, prunes, and coffee aromas are quite prominent. Mild vanilla notes. Damn fine. Damn Damn fine.
Flavor: Chocolatey sweet roasted malts with vanilla aftertastes. In-farking-credible.
Palate: Earthy and robust, yet still silky smooth. Soothing.
Overall: Um... who do I have to kill to get some more of this? Must I bow down to BaíHaaabah and sacrifice goats? I want a case of this, and I want it yesterday. Only bested by Oak Barrel Stout, IMHO, but it was a close match.
Other: Went great with some dark Belgian chocolate.