hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle sampled courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a deep brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, roast, coffee, and chcocolate. Tastes of earhiness, chocolate, and lighter coffee.
HoppityHop (171) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From one of the most knowledgable and friendly brewers in the area, this stout surely did not disappoint. Pours a dirty used engine oil black, complete with brown bubbly foam at the top. If youíve ever changed your own engine oil, youíll know what Iím talking about. No real lacing to speak of. "Mocha coffee with cream" would be my best attempt at describing the aroma. Flavor and drinkability is just out of this world, though. It isnít that syrupy thick flavor youíd expect from the coloring and alcohol percentage. More of a nutty coffee flavor with a slight tinge of dark chocolate. Although, the extremely low carbonation would let you gulp it down if you braved, the 10% alcohol makes this something to sip slowly. What I liked best about this was the lack of the typical "dark fruit" flavors typically found in the style. That and the fact that it wasnít as thick as the afforementioned used motor oil. Great stuff from NJís newest brewer.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As previous raters mentioned,got this 12 oz bottle from Oaktree.Poured out a dark brown color,with a thin tan head.Aromas of malt,coffee and chocoloate.Medium body,with all the tastes listed above as well as some cherry and light hops.Pretty good.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Oak Tree Buy Rite. Just about black in color with a very small off white head. Aroma of chocolate, citrus and floral hops, molasses, and light roast. Taste is quite hoppy for a RIS with floral and resinous earth, with alot of chocolate and moderate roast. Caramel sweetness is moderate throughout- body medium, carbonation very soft. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, dry chocolate, and subtle touches of roasty bitterness.
BiddleBrau (938) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Enjoyed on tap at the release at Andyís Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ. Initial nose is very fruity and stout flavor is reserved, the 100 IBUs are hidden as is the alcohol. But donít be fooled, this is a monster of a brew. After several sips, roastiness and coffee is released, anise, caramel and the full body begin to become more prominent. This is not an overpowering IRS but donít be fooled by itís drinkabilty. The 10% alcohol will sneak up on you quickly. This is the type of beer to have a growler of in front of crackling fire in a Vermont during a howling winter storm.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Oaktree- $3. Pours a deep rich chocoalte- almost black with ruby highlights- mostly clear, sediment on bottom of bottle- awesome fluffy head with soem good lace. Aroma is fresh with citrus and herbal hops up front with a big chocolate and earthy kick- some leather, tobacco and anise. Flavor is also earthy, some doughy yeast, caramel- syrupy sweetness, middle has tons of fresh hops- earth, floral with a hint of chocoalte orange, some bitter espresso notes- moderate bitter finish. Very creamy and soft finish- mouthfeel is medium- not sticky big or syrupy.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head, that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, smoke and light toffee. Taste, while thin, exhibited notes of anise, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, nuts, smoke, bitter hops, and alcohol in the finish.