DocLock (7182) - 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 wasnít 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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Picked up as an extra in a trade. Pours a dark black body with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and sweet malt. No real hops or etoh coming through here and very drinkable. Iíd drink it again.
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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 1/30/08. Dark brown pour with a fluffy white head. Big roasty aroma combined with expresso is a definate plus. Slightly thin bodied. Creamy mouth-feel with notable notes of; Chocolate, roast (almost smokey), and coffee. Subtle dry finish.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Surffisher! Pours ultra deep red with a nice white, rocky head. The aroma is just a bit chalky, with coffee and caramel being the major scents. The flavor profile is pretty decent with some brown sugar, walnuts, cream sweetness, and a bit of instant coffee. The whole beer reminds me of sitting something on a campfire for a little while. I didnít find this to be particularly dry. Pretty good stout.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle bottled on 11/22/05 via trade with jonathan3584 - Thanks Jonathan! - pours black with ruby highlights and a nice creamy mocha head that stays well and laces down the sides of the english pint. Aroma is big coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is mostly coffee, some roasted malts and a somewhat earthy note. A bit of that chocolate comes through though. Palate is smooth and creamy with a very dry finish. Nice and roasty. Just the way a dry stout should be. Tasty!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Jonathan3584. bottled 11-22-05. Black with decent beige head. Aroma is almost non-existant, faint coffee and thatís it. Flavor is all bitter coffee through and through. Tad thin on the palate. Not much going on here at all.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Very roasty in aroma and appears dark ruby, with tannish head. REALLY FOLKS, this is the same as the Groundhog beer. Maybe someone will actually listen to me at some point. Until then, the flavor is slightly dry in the finish, malts are well balanced, roasty, and there is a good hop presence.
Earlier Rating: 2/9/2004 Total Score: 3.6
Tan head which slowly dissipates. Dark color with ruby hues. Aroma is malty, roasty, and slightly sweet. Has a lightly roasted flavor with coffee overtones. Nice burnt/bitter finish. Tinge of sweeetness as beer warms. Overall, fairly decent.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, 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.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was roasty with a strong espresso coffee presence and a prominent toasty component. Some grassy hop notes were present as was some chocolate, but coffee ruled the day and brought with it some smoke! The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a tannish fleeting head which did lace a bit. The flavor was roasty and smoky and had some caramel maltiness but mostly roast, chocolate, toast and smoke comprised the majority of the flavor. The bittering level was substantial and in conjunction with the roasted barley kept the malt in check. The body was medium or a smidge above and the moderate level of carbonation did lead to a creaminess in the mouthfeel. The finish was bone dry with long lasting roast, smoke and coffee impressions long into the aftertaste and beyond. A really great stout, even after a few years! 12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 11/02/05.