Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, fluffy brown head. Aroma of semisweet baking chocolate. Flavor is also chocolate oriented, and very, very nice. Good bitterness on the finish. Maybe not ast up front aggressive as the Bells line, but instead highly drinkable. Amazing they don't use actual chocolate in this, all flavors achieved with the malts.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2003 03-04.Great stuff.Pours out black/non transparent/short phat super dark head/nice brown lace.Smells of yummy roasted dark chocolate.The taste is so smooth and easy to drink.Very good stout.The best of brooklyn.8.5%/Good hop profile as well.It still has that "brooklyn taste" but that taste was made for this beer.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF sampling - Thick, rich, luscious. The large samples still didn't make up for the desire for a full pint and disappointment in the inavailability when I was in Brooklyn.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on tap. It has black/brown color. Nice chocalate/coffee smell. Taste is full but not overwhelming. Goes down very smoothly. Excellent stout.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, brown head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma with vinous notes. Strong roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate. Oily mouthfeel, large body, slight alcohol warmth. Thoroughly enjoyable.
redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown/Black dark color, medium tan creamy lasting head. A strong hop and alcohol aroma, this is a winter 02-03 bottling and for a beer with chocolate in its label, I detect none in the aroma or taste. A high vinous, plum quality. Thin body adn not much aftertaste. Very average.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a brown creamy head. Deep rich malty chocolate aroma. Very rich chocolate burnt grain flavor. Body is thinner then you would expect but still big. The tongue experiences a nice alcohol burn. Bitter chocolate is the dominate aftertaste. This is a very good beer.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
03-04 bottling. Small dark brown head, short lived. Black as coal, opaque. Slightly vinous nose, chocolatey and roasty also. Full bodied, oily, creamy, slick mouthfeel. Chocolatey, coffee, roastiness, slight alcohol notes. Malted milk chocolate? Finish is dry,long and BIG.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 pour thick and syrupy. The palate is thinner then it I would think from the pour but is not thin. Initial taste is of heavily roasted/burn malt, this fades into pure bitter chocolate (like pure coco) a much dryer IS then i am used too.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Essentially a black beer with mahogany highlights, it pours with a syrupy sound, a velvety look, and a toffee colored head. The head fades quickly, and leaves a mild lace on the glass. The aromas are chocolate, roasted malt, with some bourbon overtones. There are also vanilla notes and and some spiciness. Absolutely a treat. The first sip coats the tongue with a luxurious silky feeling. This beer is incredibly smooth, exactly what my ideal stout would feel like. The taste is heavy on the roated malts, with a strong chocolate note and some nice peat smokiness. For 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is not noticable. Some fruity sweetness creeps in on the finish, and the hops are present, but not overpowering.