mmmbeer (1392) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle (from Bulldog Liquor- Big Rapids, MI) served in my longing stein- poured blacker than a bad night in Austin once you peel away the horrifyingly false facade, yet another one finger dark tan had formed and tried to steal my car. Aroma of a darkened malt, perkulated coffee that has been sitting warmed continuously for over 24 hours, and... (insert melodramatic gasp here) SMOKE. Hits the mouth with a high-medium body, malt seems just a little too thin when compared to the other 3 that I have tried, bits of dark molasses notes in the middle are overpowered by SMOKE and cream, finish keeps going on forever like a brainwashed Obama supporter that just won’t learn to shut the hell up. Definition of irony for today- "The Blues" by GN’R came onto my player while I drank this. While in Texas. Yeah... sometimes you can never go home when you want to...
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 poured black and thick,with brown head lots of lacing aromas of coffee and smoke taste is of smoke coffee roasted malts and chocolate. a great american stout from a truely great american brewer of stouts
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Piggly Wiggly. Deep pitch black, touch of brown at the edges. Tannish head. Nose has very little smoke in it, I guess it’s due to it being peat smoked rather than hardwood. It is a pretty nice stout, at any rate. A touch tart and acrid, but very smooth. Not overpowering. Pretty decent, but no smoked...
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Secret Santa. Thanks! Pitch black, very dark brown head. Nose is roasted marshmallow/burnt sugar, rich roasty malt, some inky darkness that I suppose is smoke. Flavor is more of that burnt sugar & roast, good toffee, light but present smoke, a twinge of hop. Long bittersweet slightly smoky finish.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and cream. Pitch black hue with a small fully diminishing tan head that left no lace. Flavor is salty, smokey, and creamy. Palate is soft and full bodied. Very nice and rich brew. Great aroma and great flavor. Best of the series.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle: pours black with a tiny bubble brwon heasd that quickly diminishes.. aroma is chocolatey and roasted with hints of smokiness, a thick toffee malt in the background also. flavour is smoke chocolate and a nice roast flavour that all blend together well to make a god smooth drinking stout a touch of maolases seems to linger around finishes nice and a real treat to tdrink.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, nice job Dark Horse! Pours black with a small diminishing brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, mild smoke, a touch of chocolate and some coffee. Flavour of mild smoke, coffee, chocolate, some fruit and a mild hop finish. Medium to full bodied. This is very easy to drink and a very pleasant Stout.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of wj94. Pours a viscous black right out of the bottle with no light penetrating. With an aggressive pour, the head was a small, dense mocha that dissipated almost immediately leaving almost no lacing. The smell had only a hint of charcoal and hickory smoke in the background and was more heavily skewed to the sweet side with roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fruits. The taste is sweet up front with the chocolate malts and dark fruit before giving was to the smoky finish which lingers through the finish into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy with very little carbonation and just sticks to the inside of my mouth. This is a drinkable but robust stout that I really enjoyed.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottle thanks to miketd, thanks man! Poured a thick black color with a thin tan head that receded to a ring. Aroma of smoked malt, chocolate, roast, and a hint of coffee. Sweet entry with hints of chocolate, molasses, and a hint of woody vanilla that transitions into a moderate roasted coffee flavor ending with a nice smoked malt presence. Smooth on the palate. Overall, better than I expected, and a fine offering from DH.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours DARK, really really dark, with a reddish-tan head. A lot of smoke in the nose, some chocolate. Taste is fantastic. Rich, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, and a smokey finish. Thick luxurious mouthfeel. I picked this up kind of as an impulse buy as it was next to the register, but it turned out to be the best beer I bought that night.