pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 impenetrable, this beer is like a black hole with a dense creamy head. The aroma doesnít do the appearance of this beer justice, though only because it is fairly weak in scent... though what aroma there is smells creamy. The flavor is really outstanding, the standard rich/creamy/coffee/chocolate flavor of a stout, with excellent mouth feel. The flavors become more intense as this beer sits at room temperature for longer. Iíve drank very few superior beers.May 16, 2007:
Well, I have to mark off flavor by 2, palate by 1, and overall by 2. This is a damnded fine beer, donít get me wrong, but this was a very early rating. The nose was still great, I was tempted to up that. The appearance is still phenomenal, though from the bottle I had less head. The palate is a little bit fizzier. The flavors are a bit more astringent and cola like that I remember. Donít get me wrong, Iíd still drink this every day if my local had this on tap, but itís just not the ethereal nectar of the Gods I once thought it was. Perhaps my favorite straight stout.
sunevdj (3845) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Pours black with a brown head and brown lacings. Sweet and very malty. Aromas of dried fruits and some coffee and chocolate. TIny minty hint towards the end. Quite port like. Dry finish.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a very pretty opaque black with a beige head. Very vinous and malty with some raisiny accents. Also chocolatey, coffeish and toasted. A discreet bitterness. Very tasty. 270106
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Many beer geeks believe substyle of stout called "American" stout, should be added to the stout and porter category. So examples like Kalamazoo Stout will fit in, and can be judged against other stouts that would also fit into this new style.
So what is American Stout? It is basically a big, robust, flavorful stout, with big malt character, but also really big hop character. And what makes it American, is most brewers are using lavish doses of PNW hop varieties such as Cascades, Chinooks, Centennials, and Columbus. Kalamazoo stout pours to an opaque, ink black color with a big, creamy tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is packed with aromas of malt and hops. Big whiffs of chocolate malt, and coffee pair with piney, citric aromatics. The palate is a firm malt back bone of dark malts. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla coat the tongue. This beer has a very hefty body, it is quite viscous and oily, it really does resemble "motor oil in a glass". This beer finishes with big chocolate malt flavors up front, then dries out with a slightly roasty/coffee character, and a lingering hop bite. This beer is a bit stronger than dry or cream stouts, weighing in at about 6.5% abv, but isnít quite as potent as Imperial stout.
What ever you want to call this beer, call it delicious, because it is. This is one of my all time favorite beers, from one of Americaís best breweries. This beer is a perfect desert beer. Match this with German chocolate cake, or chocolate pudding with fresh whipped cream.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again to kms399 for this one. Pours almost black, small brown head. Nose is nutty, with coffee and roasted malts. Flavor follows the nose to a T. Slightly bitter, dry finish.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Pours black with a coffee colored head. Roasted malts in the nose. Flavor is nutty with more roasted malts. Bitter, dry finish leaves something missing.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours, looks, and smells like a stout. Though the flavor is an exceptional blend of choclate malts, coffee, and caramel all balanced well for one smoooth brew. Malty, not overly bitter nor too sweet, though not as thick as I would expect with the flavor itís presenting.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a jet black color with a brown heard on top. Left some cool looking lacings on the glass. Aroma was stong malty and roasted coffee and mabye some toffee. Taste was good, malty, bitter with some coffee. Full bodied and dry"
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Coleís in Buffalo, NY: Nearly black in color with a small tan head. Roasted barley, chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. As expected, plenty of roast in the flavor as well as notes of licorice and prunes. Full bodied with a mild hop finish. Solid stout.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark black body with a good-sized dark brown head. Not much of an aroma, but hints of roasted malts. Wonderful flavor - chocolate, coffee, with a bit of bitter hops at the beginning, followed by a nuttiness, with just a hint of dark fruit sweetness. Very nice, complex flavor. Mouthfeel is delightful, just the right hint of carbonation. Very nice beer.