blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick rich black stout. My first impression was this was an imperial, but it settled nicely after a few more sips. Coffee, a lot or malt. Sits well, and improves with temp. Kalamazoo knows stout.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 Almost black with a thick tan head. A massive coffee, chocolate and roast aroma. A thick creamy, oily body with moderate carbonation. Very strong, intense roast flavors together with coffee, chocolate and hops. Head is mostly diminishing, but leaves a nice tan layer behind. My favorite stout so far. Excellent.
TChrome (1422) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Wonderful aroma of chocolate and smoke. Appearance is dead on black with tan head that is mostly diminishing. Flavor is mostly smokey, bordering on burnt. A bit overly smokey for my taste.
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite stout so far! This has the roasted barley flavor that is missing from most stouts. Enough hop bitterness to balance the malt, but not overdone as is so common with American ales. The head was not long lasting and perhaps that is its only defect (if that can count as one). Also, I think this stout is more of a dry stout than a sweet stout, except perhaps for the higher gravity (approaching that of a low gravity imperial stout).
TheBeerGod (5309) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First, thanks to redlem for sending this in a trade. Pours almost black but with a brown hue that is noticeable around the edges. Small brown head. Nose is lightly bittered with coffee, choclate, and a seemingly oatmeal note. Very coffee like taste. Some sweetened malt notes and cocoa. Oily and bitter mouthfeel. Some bittering elements during the finish also. Good beer!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A truly great stout. The pour is dark and thick, with a tiny tan head. Flavor is sweet and much like cookie dough, big flavor and full-bodied, with an aftertaste that is quite nice, like drinking a fresh cup of coffee, moist and only a little oily. Great roasted flavor, and perfectly balanced.
Suttree (5218) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a tan head. Oatmeal cookie aroma. toasty mildy sweet, very comfortable beer. Very full bodied, it does not seem like a 6.5% brew. Smooth, rich and creamy. I want more.
DrnkMcDermott (2821) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Draft, at the Eccentric. Darkest of the stouts we had on our weekend pub crawl across Michigan. A deep coffee roast flavor and appealing body. Suspect this might have been better if we bought it bottled and let it age.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Thick black pour, small fluffy slightly caramel colored head that dissipates. Very rich and luxurious mouthfeel. Strong roasted flavor with hints of dark chocolate. Nicely bitter, this stout is enjoyable. Thanks to Jeremy for the local trade.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is dominated by a deep chocolatey, coffee, slightly hoppy smell. THe color is a dark dark brown. Flavor starts out sweet and slighly fruity - maybe cherries - and finishes deep and chocolatey. Palate leaves a bit to be desired but still offers up good mouthfeel. An excellent stout.