tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Chick peas, pickles, stale chocolate and roasted malts, chalk and a hint if booze in the nose. Opaque black with a decent tan-brown head that recedes to cover with light, patchy lacing. Strong roasted malts in the very sweet, chocolatey flavour with an undertone of chickpeas. Medium-full body with low, soft carbonation that is very pleasant in the mouth. Flavour and aroma both seem tired, though appearance and mouthfeel suggest freshness. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere for Martinís íBachelor Partyí!
Chick peas and chocolate do not go well together.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roastiness and sweetness donít know what to do with the ill-placed baba ghanouj. Gorgeous opacity creates more curiosity.
A full mouthfeel nourishes with molasses, suave coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted malt bitterness and citrusy hops combine for a tingling, powerful finish.
In a world of champions, a competent performer will not get noticed much.
OldGrowth (3272) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from ClarkVV. Good nose, Coffee(Duh) with cream, little composty. Blackish brown color, small cocoa beige head that faded to a ring. Bitter sweet flavors, sames as aromas, but stronger. Thick body, creamy slick mouthfeel, ABV shows itself in a roasty bitter finish. Another great stout from Kalamazoo. Thanks Clark.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 Ruddy-brown body with a velvety tan head and nice lacing. Pleasing, roasted coffee bean aroma with some nice cigar notes. Flavor has tons of coffee but includes some roasty, dried plum malt qualties. Good, straight-forward coffee stout.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with a good amount of froathy light brown head. Lot of carbonation bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the glass. Looks delicious. Aroma is like a sweet chocolate mocha, bits of caramel and nut. Flavor is very strongly like coffee (go figure!) and very roasty and dry. I would say, itís almost warming in flavor. Quite bitter in finish. Overall, very different, but very good.
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one hell of a brew. Being a lover of stouts of all kinds, this one in particular stikes me as something Iíd love to drink all of the time. What a great blend of coffee roastiness, toffee, alcohol, caramel and all the characteristic roasted stout flavors. Love it to death.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#500 - Motor oil black, thick mocha colored head. The nose was rich dark roast coffee grounds, pepper, and bitter chocolate, with very light tones of toasty caramel. Flavor was similar with bitter coffee grounds and blackened citrus fruit dominating, but all of it slowly became encompassed in bitter chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, dry, ashy, bitter java finish. Very similar to Founderís, but this was comes off just a bit more bitter. Still love it though...
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful black pour with a chewy, fluffy brown head. Very aromatic, dark roasted coffee, and rich caramel. Creamy, full mouthfeel. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and finishes on a very strong roasted/smokey note. Beautifully put together coffee infused stout. A rewarding intro into bells beers!
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily thick black pour, with a nice very fine creamy tan brown head. Aromas of coffee grounds and fried chicken. A real roasted quality. Flavors are bursting on the palate, rich coffee and espresso with a drop of cream and some smooth backgrounds of butter and milk belgian chocolate. Little notes of raspberry and torte. Like a blossoming rich truffle in my mouth; full of kahlua, rum, and toasted hazlenuts. Palate is surprisingly cool, refreshing and not harsh. Dry and oaky towards the end. Fantastic!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Springslicker for the bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that dissapated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee beans, with a tinge of cocoa. Roast malt and cocoa flavors in the nose. Coffee flavors quickly become more dominant. All these roasted flavors create an earthen, coffee bean oil-like bitterness. The alcohol is not very evident, except the warming effect after a few sips. The mouthfeel is thick, at first smooth but after the resinous bitter character coats the tongue enough, feels more sticky. This beer certainly doesnít pretend to be anything it isnít. Whatever that means.