Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, almost opaque with a nice tannish head full of large bubbles and nice lacing. Aroma of mocha and chocolate. More mocha flavor, some caramel, and the chocolate comes through again. Roasted malts come out more in the flavor as well. Full bodied, very smooth and creamy palate, and finishes very well. This is a well balanced beer. I have to thank Ed for this one!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with ruby edges, nice creamy dark tan head and islandic lacing. Aroma is highly roasted with a coffee/chocolate slap and a hoppy kiss on the cheek. Lightly sweet flavor with a terrific complex aftertaste with caramel, molasses and roasted coffee. Finishes perfectly balanced. This was a great stout, well lived up to the name. Thanks Ed!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I feel guilty that I haven't had this yet. But it's better late than never. I can smell the genuine stout aroma from quite a distance. Upon inspection there is definate roast flavors, with he standard sweets: chocolate and caramel. Color is a firm black and a thin darker cream head to it. Flavor has a very nice initial sweetness, then follows through with a good bitter stoutesque finish.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 I'm wondering if this bottle has been around for a while. I bought it in S. Beloit, Il. I'm not sure if they push a lot of good beer where I bought it. It's good, but I was expecting it to be a little better. Nose is chocolatey, but has a metallic note to it. Taste is kind of the same. It starts of with a cocoa taste then turns a little metallic with a dry bitter finish. It tastes like the Bison choc stout, but this is better. Very good, but not my favorite. Rerate: This is growing on me. Still has some metallic flavoring to it, but it's pretty good.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very unimpressed with the head a little on the bitter side a nice aroma of roasted malts
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown and thick with a creamy dense head. Aroma is rich with roasted malts, notes of coffee and molasses . Body is creamy and smooth with modest carbonation. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet, bitter and dry. Really balanced out well. Sweet coming from roasted malt that reminds me of dry cocoa with a bitter finish. Overall one of the most even stouts I've had.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 From the keg in my living room: Incredible beer. The bottled version is good, but this is unbelievably creamy and rich. Roasted chocolate flavor and aroma. Kind of got some burnt toast in there (it’s good though). This is sooo good. If you can get this is the bottle, consider yourself lucky. If you can get it on tap, consider yourself blessed.
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep black pour with a great tan head. Lovely aroma full of coffee beans and vanilla. Full taste of coffee and slight vanilla. Great balance. Such a wonderful beer. Thanks Jeremy (jgb9348) for bringing down this great piece of art to my house!
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid that light can not penetrate with a medium amount of dark caramel colored head that dissipates somewhat, but stays throughout. Aroma is of coffee BEAN, fresh toasted ground coffee, vanilla, sweet. Flavor is of coffee bean, vanilla, with a faint to small hoppiness. No alcohol detected. Not dry, maybe faintly. Overall, a fantastic brew. Another one for the mix. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one pours a very dark color with a small brown head that leaves a small bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malts and hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor was much the same as the aroma: mostly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with possibly a hint of caramel. I didn't find anything special about this brew and there are other milk stouts that better represent the style.