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.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a thick tan head. Very good head retention. This looked like a Cafe Mocha. Smell was fruity along with vanilla, chocolate and bitter coffee. The main fruit was cherry. There was a bit of a burnt flavor in the taste at times but it didnít bother me. Terrific mouthfeel. So smooth. The best single Stout Iíve ever had.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly great stout. Thick, firm head, very roasty, malty, slightly hoppy aroma. Highly roasted flavor, malty, yet has definite hop flavor. Awesome balance of roasted, malty/caramel, hop flavors with hints of coffee, molasses and alcohol. Doesnít fit easily into category - ie., isnít Irish, imperial, sweet, cream, milk, etc.,etc. Only one of the best stouts around.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 Poured Black with very little head. Sweet smell of Vanilla, Chocolate, and coffee. Taste of roasty coffee and nut. Very smooth going down. This is a very nice stout and I will be getting more
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 Batch 6833, bottled April 14, 2005 enjoyed on October 24, 2005. Pours jet black with a thick, creamy, lucious brown head that fades to a tan hue that covers the body. Excellent lacing. Aroma is a wonderful blend of coffee, molases and chocolate. Flavor is immediately of burnt molasses and coffee. Lots of great roastedness. This is closely followed by more bitterness from the citrusy hops. This flows into a burst of molases, toffee, caramel, raisins and plums, sweet and malty. Every drop is delightful. Taste fills the mouth. The finish is long with lingering bitterness and I savor every moment of it. Texture of this beer is incredibly smooth, creamy and chewy, coats the mouth. Carbonation is soft and lightens the weight of this full-bodied brew. The full flavor and complexity of this masterpiece can be match by only a few imperial stouts, and yet it still quite sessionable. There is no better stout on the planet. There is not a single thing I would change in this beer, I have to give it a perfect score.
Ughsmash (7508) - 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. Wouldíve 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 hadnít JUST had the Java Stout by Bellís Iíd probably be more wowíd 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 didnít 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.