PorterPounder (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Motor oil-like black pour with a thin, mocha colored, off-white head. Aroma of strong black coffee - no sugar or cream damnit, and bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor has some elements of chocolate of course, but not your Hershey variety, more like bittersweet chocolate. Very earthy. Trailing hop presence at the end rounds it up nicely at the end. Finishes strong, damn good stout.
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I'm a bit troubled by the sticker 'USDA Organic' on the label, when it's accompanied by a picture of a Buffalo. Very nice aroma. Very black, OK label. Quite bitter at first, but then it mellows out somewhat. Some burnt toast qualities to the general roastiness. Dry, some fruit and tanginess. Medium body. An unusual, and subtle roast presence on the backend of the finish, along with trace sweetness.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Absolutely beautiful pour. This is a dark black stout with a brown fluffy head. Smack you in the face roasted malt aroma. Dominant flavor is the Dutch chocolate. Unfortunately, I would have liked more malt gravity to this stout. Seemed a little light on the body.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours like black coffee, small frothish cream colored head, and with decent lacing. Aroma is of coffee, mild dark chocolate, roasted malts, and soy. Taste proves much the same, roasted malts and coffee. The chocolate seems to disappear tho in the middle. Finish shows more of the roasted malts as well as the emergence of the bittersweet dark chocolate. Mouthfeel and palate are a bit thin tho, not as heavy as I would have liked. Still good tho. A hesitant thanks goes out to Eyedrinkale for the trade, even tho the claimed $5 brew was actually less than $3 !%$#@%#$@^
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Pours Castrol “10-W30” thick. Small roasted brown chocolate head. Nose is toasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Initial flavor is sweet malts, chocolate. Turns smokey, very rich chocolate in the body. Finish is bitter burnt toast and chocolate. Rather full bodied for a sweet stout. Surprising to find so much smoked character amongst so much chocolate. Great dessert beer. Overall, very good!
MrDick (336) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle Pours a deep ebony brown with a lace of tan bubbles. Chocolate and coffee smells escape from this concotion. You can really taste the cocoa in this - almost like eating a ScharffenBerger dark chocolate bar. A hint of bitterness and coffee. Nice and smooth. A little soft for a stout, but this only makes it easier to drink.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled: took this home from the brewpub. pitch black with rocky tan head that was retained. espresso choc nose. nice and smooth on the palate. not much hop character at all. i like this more then the youngs. bison uses cocoa, youngs uses chocolate? okay...go!!
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours very dark, almost black, brown with a nice creamy light brown head that is retained. Aroma has my mouth watering. Notes of milk chocolate, cream, and coffee encourage the imbiber to continue. Flavor is good, initially sweet malt finish is strong coffee. Bit thin on the palate. Pretty good.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with small brown head. Smells of dark chocolate and cocoa. Leaves a deep complex chocolatey flavor on the palate with nice carbonation.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My god this beer has a huge head. The body is dark brown to black and a decent amount of lacing is left behind. The aroma is bitter, roasty and malty with a slight sweetness and a touch of licorice. The flavor is sweet yet bitter from the roasted malt. A slight hint of chocolate is noted, but not as much as I expected, especially with cocoa added to the mash. Full bodied, but a little thin for a stout, and relatively dry.