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 (3167) - 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. Itís pretty much expeditionís little brother. Great stout.
[June 14, 2010]
Pint from a cask at Nicholsonís 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.
jcr (2487) - 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 (2260) - 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 (10731) - 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. ďOh, the balance, the balance.Ē