dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with a very thin tan head. Bitter malt aroma. Definite roasted malt in the taste with some bitter coffee. A bit thin and for a stout it is not too bad.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with lttle head. Smells thin of burnt coffee. Burnt coffee-chocolate taste. Good flavor, stays smooth, just a bit too thin.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Irish Bistro. Does the traditional Irish Stout nitrous pour. Malty, with hints of caramel, roasts, and coffee. Has a good hop bite to it for a stout.
zach8270 (3861) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Dark black pour with not much of a head. Lots of coffee and hops in the aroma. Odd for a stout. The taste is really gross. Too much hops and dry, stale coffee. Massively bitter aftertaste. Very thin. Not good.
ALLOVATE (2621) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this one, left Guinness for dead proving Irish stouts are best left to the brewers and not the marketers. Tasted from the bottle at the ’Moon & Sixpence’, Perth, and poured into an English pint glass. Congealed looking, deepest ruby black with no real solid head passed some tannish bubbles on the meniscus. Rich, deep, dessert-style teramisú, cocoa, molasses and coffee bean aroma; mildly sweet and warmingly musty. Dry, smooth and full bodied in the mouth, with very, very light carbonation. Earthy dry cocoa and dark chocolaty malts upfront, roasted grain and a liquorice/molasses mix mid-palate before a malty bitter swallow. The aftertaste was the highlight, long and earthy warming malts, chocolate and a little smoke lingering between swallows. I loved this but had to settle with one bottle, being the only one left. One to try again. Cheers to a real Irish stout!!! (50cL, BBE 11/05)
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille-Il se dégage une subtile odeur de réglisse noire et de mélasse. Une mousse brûnatre qui disparait très vite, très carbonisé. Goût de mélasse et de houblon. Agréable rondeur.--Bottle-A subtil black licorice and molasse aromas. A thin head. Carbonized. Molasse and hop taste. Nice palate.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby/black, not qite opaque with a medium tan head. Roasted, malty nose. Dark coffee flavor adds to the roatd malt base. Slight bittering hops in the finish. Smoth and creamy, but just a tad thin. Enjoyable, but on the sweeter end of the dry stout spectrum.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a jet black color with a nice tan head that left some lacing. Smells of caramel and roastiness. The flavor is lighter than expected but coffee and chocolate was detected with some light bitterness. Medium body. Just an O.K. stout.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep reddish-black with a big tan head. Aromas of roast barley, dark chocolate and almonds. Lots of rich, roasted flavors, with some hop bitterness. Dry finish, with some burnt malt flavors left behind. Overall pretty smooth, not particularly complex, but still very good.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a rocky light brown head that lasts forever. Smells of caramel and molasses. Flavor is really subdued - the chocalatey roastiness that is detectable is just frustratingly weak. This does have a nice full body and silky mouth feel, but it’s wasted on a brew that lacks in flavor and character.