brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is my buddy Dave's favorite stout. He's a DNR forester from the Lansing area who comes up to work/play on our farm, bringing me Beamish :), Sean something new, and himself six or more of these for a weekend stay. What a friend! The beer? Very thick and deep with coffee and sugar, like that stuff Dave makes in the morning. This one has pleasant and sweet barley affects, though.
coyotehunter (696) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to MrBunn. Pours dark brown with a decent head. Aromas of Molasses, brown sugar and some oxidation. Decent flavor for how old it is. Slight sourness about it with a wet band-aid funk about it. Surely this deserves better, however considering it wont happen again.......
MrBunn (2654) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with thanks to Dave. Pours a dark brown with aromas of wood, brown sugar and a little bit of oxidation. Flavor is good enough, especially considering the age. a bit of
Tartness throughout, but still a serviceable stout. A bit of soil, brown sugar and leather.
OldMrCrow (2318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of tetrik.
Pours a deep black with a reasonable -- surprisingly reasonable -- head. Nice roasty aroma, maybe a bit laid back, but so it goes. Somewhat thin and sour (think magdura obscura) from the oxidation, but what’s so cool is that there’s still a really good beer under here, maybe not what it was in its day, but cetainly some nice coffee and chocolate coming through, gentle sweetness, maybe a bit of cardboard in the finish. Not an unpleasant beer at all, which is really saying something after all these years.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from god knows when. Aroma has notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, and a tiny amount of dark fruit. Pours a dark brown/black hue with a very small fully disappearing brown head that left no lace. Flavor is sour oxidation right off the bat. Sour fruit juice that turns into a coffee finish. Palate is watery thin and flat. Sadly this beer is really past itís prime and has not aged well at all. Too bad, I was hoping for a hidden jewel but got Al Caponeís vault instead.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of artusory. Dark brown, opaque pour with tannic hues on the edges and a
thin head of wispy tan. Aromas of chocolate, prune, and coffee roast; a pleasant dark malt combination with a
sweeter nougat-like quality, but the complexity is certainly dulled by papery oxidation. Light bodied, softly
carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate and mild roast, along with some raisiny oxidation notes, but thinned
enough over time to be clearly past its prime. Good enough to bring back some fond memories of this beer, but
sadly those flavors will never again be better than simply that. Thanks, Ryan!
adrian910ss (2547) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pitch black with a small light brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Taste of sweet and bitter chocolate, malt and cocoa. Sourness detected. Oxidation ?
valpoaj (707) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy Nolankowal...thanks for the opportunity to try this brew. Pours a thick, dark brown with a thin head and definitely signs of carbonation. Aroma is heavy on roasted malts, roasted coffee, milk chocolate and some bits of dark fruit mixed in...very sweet overall and nice to savor. Flavor is full of sweet coffee, roasted malt, smooth chocolate, and has some slight signs of oxidation by this point in its life, but by no means is this beer drastically past its prime. Still catching some dark fruit in the background, very nice! Slightly watery on the palate, this beer still has a smoothness and pretty good drinkability. Very happy to have had the opportunity to give this one a try...still a pretty good drink!
jason (1819) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to Sliffy. What is this like 7, 8 years old? Loud ppffhhh sound when opened. Still some carbonation. Nice black body with thin head. Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, roasted coffee. Flavo ris slightly sour, coffee, chocolate, nutty and sweet malt. Thin mouthfeel. A little past itís prim but still very tasty.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím so very thankful to moejuck for getting me this bottle! The colour was very dark brown and it had a thin fine foamed dark tan head with some soapyness. The aroma was very clear and had some roast, chocolate, and and a bit of fruityness. It had an air of age to it. The palate is a bit thin, but based upon others reactions I donít think itís a function of age but more of design. The flavour is of chocolate, some roast, a bit of fruit again and some soy and oxidized notes in the finsih. This is pretty decent, especialyl for being as old as it is. I do think it is a bit past its prime but has held up well. Iíd love to have had the chance to try it fresh though!
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Bottle from sliffy, thanks dan! Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that fades leaving a nice lace. Interesting nose of dark fruits, tannins, a little soy sauce, roasted malts, cocoa and definite sherry (def a little oxidized). Flavor has molasses, more sherry, roasted malts and cocoa. Quite different from the other sweet stouts I have tasted but Im undert the impression this is a well-aged bottle. Sort of a thin mouthfeel at this point. Glad I got a chance to try it.