DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Darkest billowy brown head Iíve seen in a while. Solid black body. Smell of deep roasted cocoa, chicory and carob. Taste is initially creamy, like toasted marchmallows. I also get impressions of polished walnut, sassafrass, loam with nightcrawlers (oh, thatís a good thing). Very warming alcohol leaves me a bit heady. Marred only by slightly burnt offerings further down.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Average aroma. Beautiful mahogany head. Nice flavor with nutty and toasted notes. Smacks of caramel and coffee. Carbonation is light, alcohol makes an appearance. Excellent!
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the Great Madison St. Stout Off, from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Loved the fresh cream aroma off this and this one is smooth and sweet and flat out one of the best tasting beers Ive ever had. Light brown bubbling head on a pitch black body. This one is close to perfect for me.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve had better batches of this beer, but this is the one Iím rating so, here goes. Seems a bit oxidized and overly harsh. Not nearly as smooth as youíd think it should be. I prefer expy or Kalamazoo to this one. Maybe its sat on the shelf for a while..not sure.
Tmoney99 (13242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOTTLE. MODERATE MALTY, LIGHT BREAD AND LICORICE AROMA. MEDIUM FROTHY, LIGHT BROWN HEAD THAT HELD TO FINISH. MODERATE SWEET FLAVOR. FINISH WAS FULL, CREAMY WITH LIGHT ASTRIGENT.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First, I have not been a fan of Stoutís in general. But this is the CREAM of the crop. A perfect balance of sweet & bitter (bitter is better) Hint of chocolate, mocha ...nice after taste Chicago in the winter Yah
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Duane, Thanx! Pours a rich dark brown with thick creamy, huge, tan head. I have let this warm a bit, as the head resides, it leaves nice lacing. The aroma is sweet, chocolate, roasted dessert like. The first taste is full of chocolate and a good bit of bitter, like Belgian dark chocolate. There is a bite from the carbonation, but this pleasant kick helps blend the bitter and sweet. It is almost like a chocolate mousse cake. I loved this.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours near opaque with a bit of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Great thick head and a great roastiness to boot. Canít wait to try the regular stout as well.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a rich, reddish brown with a nice head. a pretty good stout but I thought the Kalamazoo stout was a little bit better.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. brentfeesh sent this one in a trade. Kudos again Brent! Pours as black as my old girlfriendís heart. Minimal head that dissipates to a thin layer of dark amber bubbles. Nose is awesome... just like walking into a real coffee shop (not Starbucks) that has 100 year old wooden walls and the old aromas have buried themselves in their surroundings and yet they still mesh with the new aromas from the freshly brewed coffees and teas of today and create a great atmosphere.... Thatís the nose of this beer. Sweet and malty and cocoa and vanilla, and .... Iím missing something, but the aroma rocks. Body is creamy and smooth with slight and fizzy carbonation. The taste is sweet with a slight twang that rides down the throat with the heavy espresso flavor... not perfect, but not bad. Not sure what that twang is, and it doesnít ruin the brew, but it does keep from being top-notch in my book. Not bad stuff, but doesnít finish as well as dry or imperial stouts. Still a nice beer.