Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Winter 03-04. Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana beer club courtesy of Edward. I remember having the 02-03 version not too long ago and being wowwed (if such a word exists), so perhaps this one just needs another year. It was tasty, not as magnificent as I remembered it earlier in my pre-rating days. Regardless, it defines the style "chocolate stout" and balances both characteristics marvously. Packed with dark chocolate and richness, it certainly warrants its status in the Top100 list. Its viscous and chewy, fudgy and sweet. A nice beer overall, and one that I need to return to again after some more time in the cellar.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle I acquired in a trade from Eyedrinkale. This oneís a winter 03-04 bottle. It pours into my snifter to a viscous black body with a nice brown head. Good lacing. The aroma is full of rich chocolates, barley, port wine. Very robust and delicious. Rich chocolate truffles, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, port wine. The finish has some charcoal characteristics. Very delicious. The palate is thick, medium carbonation, dry, very good.
How do I get more of this????!??!?!
This is one hell of a tasty beer. If you want to throw it in a trade, Iíll gladly accept this delicious brew.
Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nice surprise. I have had other Brooklyn Brewery products and was never let down, but this is their clean-up hitter for sure. The appearance was black and opaque with almost no head up front and soon fizzled away to nothing. Other than that it was all quite good. The aroma was of chocolate and espresso with a sweet and sour topnote and other brown notes. The flavor was just as good with a strong Molasses back on it that took away a little. The carbonation was low but he beer was quite drinkable. Itís going to be a good winter.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Pours a pitch black with a dissappointingly small head. Aroma is big on the coffee/mocha, though doesnít really pack a punch. That is sure made up in the flavor though, which is huge chocholate, coffee, some lemon, cinnamon perhaps. Super creamy and super rich and oh so good. And for $7 for a 6-pack (!), this really canít be beat.
endersworld (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sweet soft smell. Lives up to its name with a very dark, nearly black appearance and a dark tan creamy head. Roasted chocolate was not as powerful as I would have imagined but still quite powerful, and alcohol was slightly noticeable. I thought the aftertaste was good bittersweet that was not overpowering. Has a creamy soft feel.
HogTownHarry (6302) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured oily dark brown-black with a huge foamy-creamy lasting brown head - lacing, even! Dark chocolate aroma, some hops, heavily roasted malt, some mushroomy notes, even table cream and a hint of sour fruits. Taste is very bitter chocolate, some anise, stewed prunes and raisins, hop bitterness evolves, but still quite dark malt-sweet - hint of dairy (cheese? cream?) and pinecone. Finishes with a chocolate/coffee bitter note, but still very balanced. Mouthfeel lovely creamy smooth, medium body, hides the alcohol completely. Great stout - so easy to drink, for once I was WANTING a bomber of a stout ... highly recommended.
DanielBrown (4147) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased for Plan B, Copenhagen. Dark choc aroma. Oil colour, mit a relatively dark brown head. Very nice chocolate flavour - especially through the middle of the tongue. A bit of fizzy froth to finish and a touch of flatness on the beginning. Generally very good, and the strength comes through at the end.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to my boy Tom for this one. Poured a viscous black with little brown head. Very pleasing aromas of chocolate covered raisons and coffee. Extremely creamy chocolatey malty goodness. The creamyness is cut by an alcoholic twang and a bitter coffee finish. Very tasty.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brad. Oily black w/ tan head. Head is creamy and thick. Nose of bourbon and whiskey w/ a slight hint of milk chocolate. Taste is velvety chocolate w/ a great bitterness and bite in the end. lots of chocolate, light bourbon.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle: Pours an opaque black with a tall hilly brown head. Aromas were rather mellow, no outstanding chocolate scents, mostly roasty notes on top of a solid malt backbone. Flavor seems to showcase the dark chocolate a bitter more with a dry bitter sweetness, still lots of roast. Heavy and coating mouthfeel, finishes slightly dry and sweet.