goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a huge beer. Dark black. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate, coffee and dark fruit that carries over to the flavor. Thick chewy body. Oily and smooth. Big hop bitterness balances all the sweetness. It also helps hide the alcohol leaving you with a nice warming sensation. Long finish.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good stout, has a scent of chocolate, medium thickness tan head, pours with a syrup consistency, ends with a touch of bitterness
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy fruity aroma. Stout milk chocolate and coffee, light smoky notes. Dark black with small tan head. Heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Starts fairly bitter with viscous sweet malts. Good warming. Sweet chocolate toffee hangs around. Really chocolate-y. Medium-large bitter finish and bitter after, nutty coffee.
Kevin (2118) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours an almost purple black with an orange tinted dark head. sweet strong earthy aroma of cocoa. flavor explodes with rich powerful chocolate and sweet caramel molasses, flavor melts into a bit of nitterness at the finish that helps reveal the alcohol bite that dries out your mouth a bit and leaves a powdery chocolate cookie taste, i was dubious about this living up to the hype, but it has and i look forward to trying this in a year or so when my other bottle ages.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No label on neck.Head ? What head ?No foam,no lacing, no carbontion and ainít no seeing through this thing.This is darker then the bottom of the Marianas Trench.Roasted coffee beans,roasted chocolate ,roasted molasses and roasted after drinking one of these.What a treat for the olfactory glands.Okay,lets not leave the taste buds out of this,good lord.I love the balance between flavors and the alcohol.Thick,thick,christ you can almost bite chunks off chunks of this.Overall,one of my absolute favorites and,sorry you purists,any time of the year!!
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as death, little head, and a wonderful smell ó roasty and chocolatey. Similar flavor hints, tinge of alcohol taste, too. Extremely complex and flavorful. An unbelieveable beer! However, I compare it to the best New York-style cheese cake ó itís so good, but I canít eat (or in this case drink) more than one serving because itís so rich!
BrockLanders (776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle...thanks Jason!!. Poured as black as used motor oil and almost as thick. A small brown head formed (had to coax this one) and then diminished fairly quickly to a ring of bubbles around the edge that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very complex; figs, chocolate, molasses, coffee and pine with a definite alcohol note. This is a great example of the style. It starts out thick and sweet, then gives the taste buds a wonderful ride through the flavors like brown sugar, chocolate, cherries, pine, raisins to an oddly pleasant bitter and astringent finish. The mouthfeel is amazing, thick - almost syrupy - with a light cream carbonation when rolled on the tongue. Iím buying more of this for the cellar.
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 This stuff is outstanding! I’m a pretty tough critic and this one impressed me. It’s so thick, you can see it when you pour it. Whether it’s better than Storm King is hard to say- they’re different. It’ll sure beat just about anything else, though. Wow!
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a dark black beer with a medium dark tan head. The aroma like the rest of this beer is quite complex. It actually reminds me of a tawny port, with heavy notes of chocolate and alcolhol. Plus, a light blend of roasted coffee, licorice, and cassis. Creamy and smooth in texture. The chocolate and alcohol flavors dominate. But, are accompanied by mild touches of licorice and a light to moderate roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. Not sure if I íve made it sound like it does but it really does work well. This is a top notch stout.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Dec í03 Snifter Black body Brownish orangish head hung around for a short time full chewy palate fills the mouth hops and coffee w/ chocolate melts into an almost otherworldly smooth finish easily one of the best stouts i have ever had