GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Opaque black with tan head that laced the glass. Roasty nose with coffee and chocolate flavors. Dry with a smoky wood aftertaste that lingers. Moderate carbonation. Nice stout for those "cold" days in North Carolina.
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another nice stout from CBC. This one wasn’t quite as dark black as the CBC Impy stout, had less intense flavors, and was a tad drier. The chocoff was there in aroma and taste, as was a fairly dense palate and solid complexity. The bartender was a bit confused about this versus the CBC groundhog stout.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 On tap at Porters. Bartender used a FROZEN glass when I wasn’t looking, irritating me to no end. I’ll no doubt be re rating this another time when I don’t have to warm it with my hands. Aroma was virtually non existant, probably due to cold glass. Did get some fruit, malt, light chocolate. Mouth feel was on the watery side. Poured black with no head (again probably due to the temp). Flavor was mostly dominated by baking chocolate, but not overpowering, like an oatmeat stout or porter. Finished extremely clean. Hopefully I’ll be able to do this one justice in the future. **Take two: On tap at Mitch’s, much better. Looks like it is on the thin side, but very smooth and nutty. Head dies pretty well, even in small pitcher glasses: a nice thick tan. Defiantly better than first experienced. Great winter beer to share a pitcher with friends.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: my new favorite local stout. the appearance is black with a light tan head. the aroma is mostly roasty and of coffee with notes of ctirus hops and carmel. some up front bitterness with a wonderful coffee backbone. fairly dry finish. hintes of carmel chocolate and citrus...i love this stout.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
They’re calling this the Winter Stout, now, but it’s the same recipe. Had it on tap at Brixx in Durham. Head had dissipated when the pint got to me. Almost opaque black. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is very full and thick. Flavors of coffee, a little bitter chocolate, smoky roasted malts, and a slight hop bitterness at the end. I was very impressed with it.
brownaler (511) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really nice Stout for CBC. Good balance of cream and roasted malt. A little acidic though, like most of their beers.