Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice big head with a great lacing. Color is black, but see through when held up to light. Smell is cracker-like toasty flavors with roasty malts and a slight sweetness of chocolate smell. Taste is crisp and lightly roasty, with some of that toasted breadiness. Itís a great high alcohol drinkable stout, but itís not Russian imperial Stout from America. Maybe it fits the original style, but not the new American style.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Simple dark brown color with a smaller canvas colored head. Nice lace saves the appearance. Roasted aromas, malt, coffee, cocoa beans. Hints of raw grain and some light herbal hops as well. Smooth and fairly light in feel. After a second our, this really does not smell good straight from the bottle it needs some time for some of the voltiles to be driven off. Flavors of bourbon vanilla carry from start to finish and even into the linger. Some mocha in the middle and a touch of espresso in the finish. Linger also has a mild acidity that creeps up and seems to grow as get cumulative the further into the bottle I get.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark ruby-brown, almost black, with an average size light-brown head. Aromaís dry, nice and roasty along with coffee, some chocolate and oatmeal. Flavour of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and light hops. Decent bitter finish. Medium bodied. This is underrated in my opinion, itís quite good.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Pours black with minimal clarity and a tan, average, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing leaving minimal but nice lace. Nose is nice and simple but solid; notes of moderately roasted coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, oak hints, and a light presence of oatmeal. Flavor is nice but lacking the sweet complements of most oatmeal stouts; moderately roasted coffee, light expresso notes towards the finish, dark and unsweetened chocolates, and a cedary/oaky wood note throughout. Palate is smooth like an oatmeal stout; creamy, almost silky, medium, and lively, and drying. Finishes dry and woody with coffee bitterness and some unsweetened chocolate. A curious beer as an oatmeal stout, but it is pleasant, which is surprising from this brewery. Almost a hybrid style of a strong oatmeal/dry stout; moderately strong with the smoothness of the oatmeal stouts and the drying notes of a dry stout. Nicely done with a well-hidden ABV.
PorterPounder (5110) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Talllahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bottle. Black as tar pour with some purple accents, devoid of light coming through. Sticky, but thin mocha colored head. Aroma of faint coffee, some prunes, pleasant. Full bodied dry stout flavor. Some bakerís unsweetened chocolate, day old black coffee and hints of pipe tobacco - finishes with some fresh topsoil. Thickish creamy mouthfeel. Overall, very decent stout.
greenhorn1 (774) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Deep roasted flavors with an abundance of espresso in the finish. Some detectable notes of chocolate and oatmeal. There is also a nice hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel was much lighter than I was expecting. In addition, I wish there was a stronger presence of oak, but overall a very easy drinking stout.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured black with a light brown head. Aroma was a strong roast with light chocolate and coffee notes mixed in. Flavor was almost identical to the aroma. Big roasted flavor with the coffee and chocolate mixed in. Chocolate was the least dominant of all the flavors. Very smooth with a slightly above average body.
Rainley (3) - USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. pours dark brown light head. strong coffee and chocolate aroma. very enjoyable.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz. bottle purchased at Johns Marketplace in Portland, OR--Poured a deep dark black body with a big fluffy grey-brown head. Chocolaty aroma iwth big gritty maltiness. Great subtle oak chip flavor with some creamy, milky oat presence in there. Not too bold or thick, but very enjoyable and rich.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy light brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is chocolate malts, oatmeal, roasted coffee and a touch of wood with some initial vegetal and metallic off notes.
The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some acidic roasted malts. It finishes with charred roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, a decent stout. Its simplicity and some off notes prevent it from being better.