FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Springslicker for the bottle. Pours opaque black, small light brown head. Caramely roasted malt aroma. Syrupy sweet nose which dampens to a set of caramel flavors combined notes of coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Slighty bitter finish interplayed with residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and sticky, which has the effect of retaining the sweet character in the flavor profile even in the parts where it isn’t overly emphasized.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a medium light brown head. Good, sweet aroma of roasted malt. Good flavor of chocolate and roasted malt with a bitter finish. Light to medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation. This is a very good stout although it’s not exceptional or special, it’s just plain good and enjoyable. Thanks to csbosox for sending this.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
burnt aroma. pours pretty thick black. flavor is robust, creamy but not too thick.,good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured very very dark brown with a large tan head and nice lacing. A good amount of floaties as well. Roasted aroma of coffee and dark and milk chocolates. Flavor also consisted of coffee and bittersweet chocolate with some caramel. Light bitter finish. Medium body.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Almost black with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark caramel, some leather, coffee. Big bodied and smooth with a slightly chalky and bitter finish. Burnt flavors with coffee, toffee and a bit of mint. Some smokeyness comes out as it warms. A sweet stout though? Nice
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Near black in color with a small tan head. Very faint roasted malt aroma. Flavor was much more intense than the aroma would lead you to believe. Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee and hops. Finish is nicely dry and bitter. Excellent.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with dark brown head. Smells of dark, rich chocolate, hints of coffee. Taste is superb. Great mix of chocolate and coffee with morsels of caramel.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark beer. No light comes through this one when it gets held up. It has a deep tan head which leaves fairly quickly. Little aroma detected other than some light malt scent. The taste however is incredibly roasted. It is almost charred in character. There is a subtle sweetness but mostly what I taste is a deep dark malt. Friends noted that it reminded them of a dark coffee. Very drinkable, heavy but smooth. A great example of a good stout.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black/brown with red hints. The head was thin but chunky with an off brown color. The aroma had plenty of toasted and burn malts, some ash and sharp hints, as well as some root aromas. The body was very interesting in that it was creamy and fluffy as well as being lite and a bit watery, very odd combination. The flavors were big on toasted malt, and smores came to mind a few times (gram cracker, charcoal, and coco hints). Not a bad brew but nowhere near their expedition stout.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great thick pour. Smells are wafting at me from a foot away. Aroma is heavy laden with molasses and oats. Also smells of burnt rubber with some cinnamon. This rating is somewhat of a tale of two temperatures. The first 4 oz. or so, I had the beer at about 35 degrees. It wasn’t anything special at that temp, so I let it warm to about 50 degrees, and the difference was night and day… Hence, I continue… Great, full body. Caramel coffee edge, semi-sweet chocolate and toffee. Hints at black licorice. There’s a discernable dry bitterness left on the back 1/3 of the tongue. It’s slippery but dense, and prolongingly diffuses, making its presence known by peeling slowly off the palate. Solid stout. Not the second coming of Christ, but it’s good.