IrishBoy (3722) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from hellomynameis, Thanks!!! Nose of coffee, chocolate, and some old, dried, leathery prunes; Very dark brown with a medium tan head; flavor a little acidy and cardboardy but lots of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Wish I had this fresh!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Deep brown body with a a bitter coffee start, chocolate, coca, and a creamy finish with mineral accent. Decent beer.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of ryan. Mostly transparent, dark cocoa brown color with a thin finger of fizzy ivory head. Aromas of coconut bark, chocolate, and faint leather. Hints of coffee and charred prune. Oxidized, but not devastated. Medium light bodied, sparkling carbonation with a thin body. Flavors of milk chocolate and roast up front, with some prune fruitiness. Finishes thin, with a mildly acidic coffee flavor lingering in the finish. Obviously past it’s prime at this point, but still drinkable and certainly a nostalgic pleasure to taste again after being a favorite during college. Thanks, Ryan!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to iowaherkeye for bringing this bottle to his ’farewell to Iowa’ tasting. Poured a garnet brown color with a light tan head. Smelled of roasted malt, subdued chocolate brownie, and a hint of anise. Medium bodied with roasty bitterness, coffee, a bit of white paper, and some light detracting acidity.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Iowaherkeye - thanks Joey. Sweet and dark malt aromas. Liquorice. Dark, dark brown. Flavor is dry, slight vinegar, coffee/espresso, some chocolate. Creamy dryish finish.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2008
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep black body with a quite big bubbled not lasting beige head; Amazing chocolate nose, both full fat aromas and dry fine; The body is broken or maybe just way over the top, super thin and biting acid; Some oily chocolate aromas in the finish, but all you really think about is the bitting sourness.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Batch 2646, shared with my GF Cyn. Pours blackish brown with a 1 finger tan head. nose is really nice and and full of chocolate. Taste is dry and full of chocolate, really a pretty nice stout.
OldMrCrow (1698) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of tetrik -- thanks for sending this retired gem my way! Sampled June 2008 -- when was it retired? It’s held up well.
Pours a deep near-black brown with a grey-brown head that is refreshed as I sip from the intense (though not particularly prickly) carbonation within.
Powerful and very appealing aroma -- this is really something -- of salted Swedish licorice, fresh foam on a French press coffee, baker’s chocolate. Rich flavor with the roasty nutty and slightly sourness combination that I’ve experienced in this measure only with roasted cacao nibs. A bit more sour on the finish, perhaps showing its age, but on the long end the chocolate and coffee comes back, leaving this beautiful aftertaste of a strong chocolate bar. Awesome beer. I’m really glad to have had the chance to try this.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, dark brown to black in color, coffee nose with a light brown head, spritzy palate with roast flavors of pork rinds
travita (3637) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to black in color and clear. Dark, rich, roasted, coffee, chocolate in the aroma and the taste. Some sweetness there. Medium body.