lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picture perfect stout... pitch black with a nice tan head. Very chocolatey aroma and taste. Goes down smooth but a bit watery.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUL 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In Panama, brought down from Cleveland. I paid 1.69 for the bottle. An amazing beer. I’ve only had one stout that I thought was better. Poured incredibly dark with a huge creamy head, the flavors were a medley of chocolate coffee, a slight taste of bitter and a bunch of other flavors wonderfully mixed. A couple of times it seemed a slight bit watery, but the complexity certainly over compensated for that. I wish I had more...I checked my rating for the Jasper stout, this was in fact equally good, if not better...the difference was in the creamy head, but that was likely manipulated by tap vs. bottle. I am going to go ahead and give this one a 4.5!!!!!!! We have a winner!!!!
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle via trade with BBB63, thanks Mike!) Pours very very dark brown, nearly black. Nearly opaque but for some light at very edges. About 1" of soft tan head that recedes to about 1/4". Great aroma of rich roasted molasses, coffee, caramel and chocolate. Mouthfeel smooth, full yet slight wateriness. Sloppy, webby lacing. Flavor is rich and roasty, molasses dominates upfront, then more of the coffee with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Nice hit of bitter in finish as well. High marks for aroma and flavor. Great stuff.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ bells. Rich dark body. nose is coffee with chocolate and lactose (no diacytal). Taste matches the aroma. unimanginitive but perfectly balanced.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark chocolate brown with thin caramel head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very smooth coffee, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. I can barely detect any alcohol-very smooth.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Great balance. Everything is just right-- not too much carbonation. ... Very creamy, drinkable, and definitive. Amazingly good for that near $1 a bottle price range too! The one truly distintive element is its only flaw. In the middle of the finish there is a faint metalic/aluminum taste. Its the fermenting process not the containers I’m sure, and I quickly desensitized to this minor flaw.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Excellent beer. Beautiful black with orange/tan head that lasts throughout. Creamy and rich with sweet coffee and chocolate flavors that are just perfectly balanced by the hops in the finish. Would be the absolute best session beer if the alcohol could be cut by 1-1.5 percentage points.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coffee and vanilla in the nose. Poured a dark brown almost black. Roasty, caramel, vanilla, sweet and a slightly sour finish.
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is roasty toasted coffee malts with some chocolate notes; opaque ebony body with very little tan head; flavor is malty, with lots of coffee, a faint molasses note, and a nice hop bite, with a semisweet chocolate finish.
Ratman197 (13094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured an opaque black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate with a lingering roasty bitter finish.