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 didn’t 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.
Dorwart (2522) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick dense head of malted milk ball color. Great duration. Rich and creamy aroma with milk chocolate, roasted grains and a hint of butter toffee. Awesome. Color is essenally black. Medium bodied with plenty of roasted grains. Smooth and creamy with a little hops bite. Some light coffee in there also. Slight lingering bitterness. No real alcohol presence. Goes down very easy. Pretty good stuff!
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark, opaque cherrywood color with a persistent creamy, brown head. Aromas of chocolate and cold coffee with some fruity notes. Flavors of espresso and Milk Duds and a warm, hoppy finish. This is good stuff.
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 (3256) - 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. It’s pretty much expedition’s little brother. Great stout.
[June 14, 2010]
Pint from a cask at Nicholson’s 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 (2544) - 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 (2331) - 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 (323) - 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.