Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a loosely formed off-white head. Somewhat lactic aroma on a roasted base. Good basic flavor components of roasted qualities, chocolate, and some blueberries. Mild oily palate, not overly carbonated. Good decent all-around stout, though not exceptional in any dimension. Thanks Sanjay for bringing beers from Maine! (2004 Christmas Party, my #10, group?s #6)
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color with a light brown head. The aroma has a good strong roasted malts. Some sweet malts and coffee in the flavor. Christmas Party 2004 ranked 8/15 (mine) and 6/15 (group).
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black beer with a big beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, brown sugar - smells wonderful. Full body tastes slightly roasty, nutty, some chocolate. I’ll agree with the not harsh but grainy comment. Very easy to drink, but with a big body. Nice balance.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks are due for these bombers obtained in a generous personal exchange with ViveLaChouffe, who vouched for them by saying that he picked them up at the Brewery in June 2004.
The beer poured an impressively inky black with slight brown highlights at the edges. The head was thick and rich, and appropriately colored like the foam on top of an freshly made espresso. The aroma was roasty and sweet. I could detect cocoa, coffee, toffee, and vanilla. The taste was robust, yet smooth. There were flavors of chocolate, caramel, vanilla ice cream, and coffee with hazelnuts, but none was overpowering the others. The aftertaste was dry and a bit grainy, but not harsh. Silky smooth and soothing, this is a very English feeling Dry Stout, and lacks the aggressive hop bite of the modern American versions. I should have no problems finishing the remaining three bombers in the upcoming weeks.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another nice beer brought to marinaro500’s post-Thanksgiving gathering by gulp. Deep red-brown body, thin/medium light tan head. Roasted malt aroma with dry chocolate and burnt brown sugar (this is a dry stout?). Sweet chocolate body with a touch of coffee, caramel and brown sugar. Had a bready toasty middle-of-the-sip character. Relatively thin-bodied. Tasty.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, a beer from my wish list is brought to Joes’ party via Gulp, thanks! Nearly opaque with reddish highlights, frothy tan head and good lace. The aroma is sweeter than expected from a "dry stout", lots of mocha, hazelnut, floral hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is more like a dry stout, acidic and twangy, nutty, smoky on the finish and lightly bitter as well. The feel is average, smooth and comforting. A solid and quaffable brew indeed, worthy of a try.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich, dark brown color with a healthy tan head. Aromas are rich of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is silky smooth, nutty with chocolate and mellow bitterness. Roasted cappucino flavors mingle with light bitter hops and dried fruits. Perfectly balanced.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 Bottle Bomber. Dark with large tan head. A nice chocolate and coffee smell. Medium bodied. Roasted malt taste with good carbonation. With this much carbonation it appears more like a porter than a dry stout. It does have a dry ending and nice bitterness throughout. Multiple tastings. Very good.
Took brewery tour. Very nice people. Also bought the wife’s Blueberry drink syrup and Root Beer syrup. The kids love it. Great in ice cream Floats.
The Blueberry syrup is also good mixed with Berliner Kindl Weisse.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Frank and Donna. Pours with a large head, pitch black, opaque, chocolate in the nose. Semi-sweet chocolate taste, creamy and smooth on the palate.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brought about about 10 of these from a trip to Maine earlier this summer. Pours very dark with a light toffee colored head. Aroma is of deep dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is robust with some nice coffee malt bitterness. Mild hopping at the end leaves the goodness of the malt flavor on your palate.