TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with mostly retained tan head. Aroma of dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. Taste is very roasty but also somewhat sweet. Body is thick and carbonation is high for a stout.
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour through and through with a good size tan head. Strong aroma of malts - molasses, hint of chocolate. Wonderful taste of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, caramel. Smooth with a suprise bit of bitter that lasts.
piscator34 (2040) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in colour with a fair amount of carbonation and a very dark head. The aromas are generally sweet and malty, with notes of milk chocolate and a bit of plum. The flavors are quite roasty, and suggest coffee, molasses, caramel, and a bit more chocolate. I could also detect a bit of hop flavor as well, but most of the bitterness comes from the roasted malts. Massive body to this one too!
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Pours black as night. Head looks like whipped chocolate mousse...thick and foamy. Obvious aromas of dark chocolate, rich and malty. Strong roasty, chocolate and coffee combo of flavors, sweetens near the finish...molasses like. A taste which is a little stronger than a mocha finish. Body is big, thick, and chewy. Very smooth and well balanced. Flavor is distinctive and mellower than most stouts.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thick looking black opaque pour. Huge aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate, maybe a little toffee. Very good palate - light smooth carbonation, with big roasted malts and chocolate. Finishes with some small lingering bitterness. Very nice - finding such huge stout flavors n a 6.5% stout is very nice.
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I loved the chocolate presence in this one. Coffee bitterness in the finish.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a luxurious pitch black covered with a thick whipped brown head. Great lacing. Aroma is clean (no sourness), sweet milk/coffee, mocha, perfect roasty chocolate background without being too burnt. Earthy and woody without being overly oaky, wonderful balance. Great coating mouth feel, creamy and rich, mild/low alcohol. Mild roasty flavor, medium finish, but still very satisfying. Low hop profile. The body and the clean taste of this beer make it one of the best. “Oh, the balance, the balance.”
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color with a fluffy light brown head. Aroma is sweet coffee and a little chocolate. Flavor starts sweet with coffee and cream and some dark chocolate followed by a dry bitter sweet finish. Palate is rich and smooth.
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Pours thick black with a fluffy light brown head. Soft chocolate notes on the aroma. Flavor is very reminiscent to Expedition stout but everything is divided by 2. That same sweet chocolate and mocha flavor. Not nearly as much hops. And of course half the alcohol. Relatively thin mouthfeel for such a dark stout. Makes for a very tasty stout. Tons of what looks like powdered chocolate leftover in the bottle.
rerate, damn, this is awesome. by the far the best non-imperial-stout-stouts i’ve ever had. best when it’s a bit warm
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Exceptional for a regular sweet stout. Opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, roaste dmalt, some vanilla. Palate is very thick and silky. Flavor is sweet, but not cloying. Lots of roast and bitter chocolate. Some caramel malt, coffee, slight hops, and lots of residual (I think lactose) sugars. Finishes nice and clean with a bit of lingering sweetness.