hopscotch (10200) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!... Huge, light brown, frothy head. Very good retention and cirrus lacework. The nose is charred with notes of espresso, smoke, black strap molasses and chocolate sauce. The flavor is great. Chocolatey and burnt with an earthy pungency. Well-balanced.; very decently bittered. Full-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and very light carbonation. Lengthy, charred, tangy, dry finish. World class beer!
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
From the bottle at Vermont Brewers Fest. 3 oz sample. Weird sour aroma with sweet acidic sour hints. Unpleasant and I dont detect the expected stout flavors. Mostly opaque mahogany with a light tan/off-white head. Thin, acidic, and putrid are the first 3 words that come to mind. Sour and astringent also come to mind. This beer has very few redeeming qualities. Looking from the previous ratings, this clearly must have been an infected bottle.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sampled at the VT brewers fest. Hardly opaque, with red glaring at you from the edges. Poured out of a bomber for us, it was the last of the day. Boozy aroma, smells like macerated fruit. Acidic, very thin. Yikes! Not sure what makes this extra stout, no traditional stout characteristics. I can’t even finish this.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great brew from my hometown brewers. Pours black with a great sized tan head. Aroma is filled with roasted chocolate and coffee. Very sweet roasted flavor, smooth with a great chocolate flavor. Nice and balanced with a slightly bitter end.
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a fairly large tan head. Nice roasted malt/coffee aroma. Flavor is fairly subdued, not a lot going on. A pleseant stout, not one in the first tier.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark brown/black color, thick slightly off-white head, aroma of yeast, roasted malt, hints of chocolate and fruit; roasted but not overpowering, light sweetness of chocolate and fruit, yeasty, hints of alcohol, bubbly texture, slightly dry, not enough kick for a stout
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really dark with almost no light getting through. Enormous tan head (90-95% of initial pour) with odd formations. Sweet, roasted aroma is strong on coffee, molasses, baked bread, chocolate, caramel and a touch of sweet fruitiness. An average mouthfeel that may be a bit on the thin side, though is not terrible. Not exceedingly strong roasted or bitter flavors. The malt produces a lot of sweetness from the chocolate, caramel, residual sugars and relatively light roasting. A touch of hoppy bitterness at the end, but an otherwise subdued flavor. A really interesting stout. Much sweeter and light compared to the average stout and a bit thin. A tasty and interesting example that does not blow the drinker away with boldness nor with subtlety and balance.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild coffee aroma. Hugh beige head that does eventually go away. Coffee flavor that is stronger to me than the aroma. Aftertaste is slightly roasty, seems a little bit thin. An enjoyable beer.
argo0 (12439) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(served at room temp) Black, moderately viscous body topped by a huge brown head. Aroma is espresso, some roasty, faint chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, light date. Finish is mildly bitter, coffee and some grapefruit. Smooth, creamy, medium-full body.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Overcarbonation is a serious detraction for this beer. I found it soapy, thin, sour not bitter and a granulated sugar mouthfeel. This beer is not worth the time and effort to wait for the foam to subside. I let this cellar for 6 months before opening.