jgioviano (23) - kildeer, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours very dark with a nice creamy head. Very smooth and drinkable with a great roasted flavor and hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Overall a great, strong stout.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 This is a great stout. It bours beautyfully, creamy long lasting head. aroma is choclaty and coffee. Flavor is awesome and very big. A perfect Stout.
99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish chestnut color, almost black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is very strong with sweet fruits, like cherry and pear. Scents of the finest chocolate in the world tease the nostrils. A bit of hop spiciness mixed in as well. Truly delicious aroma. The taste is strong on dark, bittersweet chocolate. A nice sweetness follows, as well as defined roasted notes. The finish presents more fruity chocolate, with a wisp of smoke. A bit of vanilla is present as well, mixed in with the solid malt flavor in the background. As you can tell, this is one very complex beer. I also sense a bit of nuttiness in there as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and shows a moderate body. Not as thick as some sweet stouts, but flavor is what this beer is all about.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classic: deep & dark and roasted & toasted. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and BBQ briquettes. Rich flavors throughout. Healthy bitterness to balance things out. Solid stout with tons to offer.
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a nice dark brown/coffee color with a medium light brown frothy head that diminished to almost nothing. Aroma reminded me of molasses with a touch of licorice and roasted malts. First taste, wow, complex; creamy, rich, roasted coffee with some caramel and a slight alcohol taste, had some sweetness yet nicely balanced with the hop bitterness. Continued to improve as I drank and the beer warmed. Excellent brew full bodied and VERY tasty!
jcastillo81 (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty! I could taste all kinds of good stuff on my first sip. The aroma is nice but you can definatley smell the alcohol even though its not a very strong beer. Still very good stuff!
zoobcool (3) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great stout. Had a thick tan head and poured coffee black but left good after taste.
MattShizzle (572) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good stout. Nice and strong, but not overpowering. Doesn’t overdo it on the roasted barley.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned version at Firkin. Nice light brown creamy head with excellent lacing. Brown-black color with heady aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt, with touch of resiny hop. Creamy full body that started with a sweetish smooth chocolate with a burnt malt taste and finished with moderate bitterness. Very enjoyable beer to savor alone after a meal.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Poured dark coffee brown-black with a densy foamy dark tan head which faded slowly with nice lacing. Aromas of malt, smoke, coffee, toffee, chocolate, peat, alcohon, yeast and hops. Flavors included roast malt, alcohol, bread, herbs, grapefruit, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit, caramel and molasses, with a good bitter finish. very nice chewy mouthfeel.