Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice deep black pour with almost no head. Would’ve picked up that last point with some head retention. Sweet aroma with chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and other very nice roastiness. Powerfully creamy and smooth across the palate, with a light chocolate bitterness on the finish. Flavors were nicely roasted chocolate and coffee, caramel, and some light hops. Another excellent stout from K-Zoo!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a thick tan head. Aroma is rich with sweet,toffee,caramel,chocolate and cofee. Flavor is of caramel,toffee,coffee,burnt malt,chocolate and vanilla with a dry astringent finish.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to my friend Pennie in Ohio for this one. Little roasted aroma, but ample chocolate and malt. Deep black with a firm mocha head. If I hadn’t JUST had the Java Stout by Bell’s I’d probably be more wow’d by this a lot more. Lots of bitter coffee and roasted flavors in the foretaste followed by a chocolate sweet creaminess. Expertly done stout. The people of Michigan are very lucky to have the Kalamazoo Brewing Company.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wanted something rich to sip at with a nibble of chocolate as I settled in to watch a flick. Excellent choice - the thick tan head didn’t last but the black body was all I needed. Obvious stout aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate malts, tinged with some slight sweetness. Full-bodid and rich this had a touch of mocha astringincy that I liked. Damn fine.
Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick dense head of malted milk ball color. Great duration. Rich and creamy aroma with milk chocolate, roasted grains and a hint of butter toffee. Awesome. Color is essenally black. Medium bodied with plenty of roasted grains. Smooth and creamy with a little hops bite. Some light coffee in there also. Slight lingering bitterness. No real alcohol presence. Goes down very easy. Pretty good stuff!
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark, opaque cherrywood color with a persistent creamy, brown head. Aromas of chocolate and cold coffee with some fruity notes. Flavors of espresso and Milk Duds and a warm, hoppy finish. This is good stuff.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2005 12 oz bottle. Espresso, dark chocolate, and some hop aroma. Pitch black with a brown head. Some lace. Looks pretty think. Very sweet. Kind of like chewing on a coffee bean. Bitter enough to balance sweetness. Quite full bodied an silky smooth.
NachlamSie (2939) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 bottle. Pours solid black with a dark brown head. The aroma is very roasty and ashy with assertive espresso notes. The mouthfeel is moderately dense for a regular old stout. This really brings the expedition stout to mind, just a little milder. Solid smoky, burnt, espresso notes are way up front on the palate with light creamier notes in the finish. It’s pretty much expedition’s little brother. Great stout.
[June 14, 2010]
Pint from a cask at Nicholson’s Pub. This is one stout that translates well in a cask. The palate is very creamy and slick and the serving temperature really lets the strong roasty qualities shine. The finish is everlasting and savory like espresso and meat. Hops start to be noticed after a few sips. This is one tasty brew.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black black black. Tan head. Mighty aroma here, only matched by its taste. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, combined with tons of roasted malts. This IS a stout. Taste is much of the same, with the addtion of a solid coffee character and a hint of vanilla. Some hops noted which rounds out a nice complex stout. Great mouthfeel. Big, thick, and chewy. Perfect for any time of the year. Yum Yum.
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.