grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black brew. Light khaki head. Nose is flaky cocoa. Monsterous chocolate nose. At first this is delicate and classy. A floury, powdery soft chocolate that really dances in your nose. This plays off the malts excellently nothing too roasted nothing too ashy. A nice roasted grain profile that wraps around the cocoa rather than dominating it or watering it out. This however doesnít last long enough to justify really high marks. Instead this beer fades into chemicals. Diacetyl? I donít know what it is but there is a flat acidity that is off-puitting and treads heavily upon the soft cocoa. Too bad. THis one was heading in the right direction. Flavors reflect all of these things. Nice cocoa tang. Sugars are intense. Sweet beyond your wildest dreams and yet not cloying because the yeast creates a complexity that counters the sweetness. But this falls apart as the cocoa and the malts clash with the hops. Sweet and yet bitter burned on the back end and slightly citrusy hoppy...and the same flat acidity. huuhh. This could have been a good one.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a thin brown head that left minimal lacing. Dark chocolate and coffee aroma with notes of caramel. Tastes so much like a bad coffee. Very bitter tasting with a hint of chocolate in the long bitter dry finish. And thatís basically it - itís a thin beer with not much complexity.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
an aroma to die for, rich chocolate. a dark chocolate brown on the pour and a almost non-exixtant head. flavor is all about the chocolate and it has a dry finish. pretty good but rather one diminensional. thanks to OhioDad for the bottle.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a short creamy tan head that laces pretty well. Aroma of this is fanstastic.. Rich cocoa, coffee, and some nice hops.. I could sniff this one for a long time. Flavor is nice bitter chocolate, coffee and a dry somewhat bitter hop finish. Palate is smooth and creamy. Feels silky smooth before that dry finish makes me come back for another sip. A nice drinkable stout!! Pretty nice..
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Mild flavor of dark chocolate and coffee.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
black pour thick tan head. Good lacing.l Smells like a dry bitter chocolate w/ some roasted malts. Palate is well carbonated avg body. A very =dry taste cocoa powder and grass. To dry for me.
NachlamSie (3025) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours full black with some brown around the edges and has a small tan head. Thereís an appetizing roasty mocha smell. Good thick full coffee character in the flavor also, it really almost seems like a porter. The chocolate is subtle, but adds so much. Itís not blatantly sweet like many other chocolate stouts. Good harmony in the flavors here, not ridiculous in any direction. Very drinkable.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque mahogany with a light brown head that, while small, holds to the glass and therefore laces well. There is chocolate in the nose, along with some coffee and roasty malts. The flavor is nuts, chocolate malts, birch bark, very faint earthy hops, and some coffee comes out in the finish.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Motor oil black with a fairly thin head. Some chocolate in the aroma but not much really going on. Chocolate and coffee flavor as expected but itís not incredibly rich or notable. Typical chocolate stout. Not enough chocolate to be notable.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark burgundy. Inviting, chocolate aromas. Rich flavors of cocoa, nuts, and sweet bursts of caramel. Nice roasty aromas. A mild bitterness fails to balance out all the sweetness, but itís still a pretty good stout.