DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours one of the blackest colors I’ve ever seen in any stout, absolute pitch black with a medium sized dark brown, bubbly head. Aroma is chocolatey, malted milk balls, fairly roasty but surprisingly not that smoky. When I look for the smoke I can find it but if I didn’t know this was a smoked stout it wouldn’t have jumped out at me in the aroma. Flavor is chocolatey, pretty much just chocolate actually. It’s nice and good and leads to a chocolatey finish. Not much smoke detected in the flavor either. Surprisingly dry, certainly dryer than I expected it to be. For my tastes it could use a bit more viscosity or creaminess. Searching for the smoke I do find a bit of a BBQ flavor but it is certainly subtle, just like the aroma. Overall this is a quality stout.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Dan Journal #201. Tasted 7/10/08. 12oz bottle. Pitch hue with a khaki head. Oatmeal and fudge aromas. Hints of dark chocolate and a touch smokey. Full bodied with a slight cherry, berry estery malt character. Good roast with hints of dark chocolate and moderate smokey flavor.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. pours dark velvet black with brown small head. aroma consists of dark caramel roasty malt sublte smoke. Starts toffee sweet, with dark chocolate, brown sugar. some warming from alcohol.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a jet black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, toasty, smoky, roast, caramel, and some alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, malty, roast, caramel, and a sweet brown sugar finish.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours like an extremely opaque black motor oil. The dark tan head, with hints of burgundy, is a bit course. The aroma is very smoky with strong tinges of a tart, tanginess. The fruit aroma is like a mix of a kiwi tart and a plum and pomegranate tanginess. It has a medium weight in the mouth with some decent carbonation. The flavour starts with a round dark fruit flavour (leaning more towards pomegranate). The smokiness then quickly overpowers the citrus. Hints of a brown sugary sweetness mellows out the medium bitterness. Towards the finish, dark fruit and soy sauce-like flavours are apparent behind the intensely dominant meaty smokiness. This is so incredibly smoky. It’s like drinking meat.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks for Gregis for getting this for me from Indy a while ago, and this finally completes the 1-5 series for me. Pours a thick and dark black with a foamy dark brown head that diminishes but is easily revived with a few swirls. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, smoke and peat; all lightly present. Flavor brings out more peat, with some light smoke, roast and coffee. Not a powerful smoke by a long stretch, but another solid and tasty stout.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is superb. Pours pitch black. Smoked aroma and flavor have a really nice sweetness to them. Does not end up reminding one of smoked sausage. Very easy to drink. Dark chocolate and subtle charcoal aftertaste.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was dark black. The head was thin, creamy, and very dark brown. The aroma was coffee, smoke, sweet, and molasses. The flavor was espresso, roasty, smoke, molasses, and hops. The palate was thick-bodied. The finish was roasty and hoppy.
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good god do I love the pour of a Dark Horse stout. Everyone I’ve emptied out of the bottle has been ink black, ink. Thin chestnut brown head. The nose is so nice, smoked chocolate, coffee, normal chocolate, sweet, no alcohol, molasses, brown sugar. The flavor is.....roasty, bittersweet bakers chocolate, very very mild smoked character, coffee. I’d count off half a point for the mouthfeel, wish it had been fuller. Nice carbonation though. Finishes roasty with coffee.
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black pour with a dark tan head. Whoah. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor has more roasted goodness, some chocolate, caramel, and wood shows through as well. Not quite as smokey as expected, but the stout hanging out here is very nice. Finishes mildly bitter.