Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
04-05 bottle that Duane let me sample. Great chocolate aroma gives way to a flavor that is much more coffee than anything else. Pretty full mouthfeel which is great, but Iím not much of a coffee kind of guy.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks one more time, Santa! Dark with tan head. Hearty aromas of malt, coffee and chocolate. Full in the mouth, though with medium carbonation. Flavor is roasted, smoky, definitely chocolate. Very nice.
loaded (3) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark as night.....sweet, aromatic.....will drop yer dick in the dirt after about a six pack or so....long live The Cave in chapel hill NC for taking a chance with some quality beer.
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Microbar. Dark as coal with a small creamy, light-brown head. Roasted aromas. Rich roasted and bitter chocolate flavours, dry finish, warming alcohol. Full-bodied. A special occasions beer.
murawski (160) - USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unusually excellent beer from Brooklyn. Very dark, opaque pour with a small, disappearing dark brown head. Exceptionally rich aroma and flavor, not overpowering the ale with the chocolate/bitter flavor as many other chocolate stouts often do. Nice blend between dark roasted malts and alcohol content. Nice surprise from Brooklyn!
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum. Great aroma of molasses and chocolate. A very creamy head that lasted a long time with great lacing. Black color, of course. There is a moderately acidic intial flavor that lessens a bit. Palate is medium-full, syrupy with a moderate alcoholic finish. Finish is loooong. Canít wait to see what a year in the cellar will do for this. This is really an outstanding double stout. Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer in the bottle.
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a bitter chocolate almost iced coffee taste to it. Good texture, kinda creamy. Not something I could drink a lot of, but pretty good if just having one, perhaps two.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. Vintage 04-05. black hued having small diminishing off-white head. Intoxicating aromas of chocolate, prunes, and roasted malt. No discernable carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with slightly sweet malt with notable chocolate and roasted malt flavors with some bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. An enjoyable chocolate stout, this is one of my favorite Brooklyn brewery beers.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter í02=í03 vintage. Pours like 10W-30. If I could give this beer a 300 out of 5 for appearance, I would. Raisins and caramel and toffee notes, more mouthfeel than a medieval mace to the tongue, and some pretty good flavor. Iím more of a chocolate/roasty coffee flavor guy when it comes to dark beers, this is a little fruity and raisiney and toffee-ish for me, but damn itís a great beer. Hats off to Brooklyn for producing something other than biological waste.
NachlamSie (3296) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 bottle. Pours thick and inky black with some very dark red on the edges. Thereís just a small dark tan head atop the body. I can smell the alcohol easily, but itís not overpowering and blends well with a rich chocolate that reminds me of liquor candies. Rather dense, starts with some burn then is covered by a dark sweetness and fades to yet another flavor of smoked twigs. Between the sips, the rich sweetness remains. This is rich, bold, and fulfilling.
[Dec 11, í07]<------- Bottle of the í07-í08 winter. Pours jet black with a tall dark tan head that fades a little bit, but never really disappears. The aroma suggests less alcohol than I remember. Rather, the nutshells, dark chocolate, tree bark, and roasted coffee are right up front. The palate is nice. Flavor is bittersweet with loads of dark chocolate, crisped rice, thin coffee, all in all nicely balanced and rich. This is one of those winter seasonals that I look for every year.