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 (4487) - 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 (1571) - @ $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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. My second favorite of the series. Pours a dark brown black body with a dark tan head. Aroma is smoky malt, peat, woodiness, and some chocolate and sweet malt. Comes together great in the flavor. Great beer.
BrewDad (5274) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle - Trade - Masonjer
Aroma – Great light smokiness in the aroma with lots of dark malts.
Appearance – Black in color, thin head and clear if you can see through black.
Flavor – This was a light smoked stout with a hint of peat and smokiness with a huge stout behind to hold up your fork. Great stuff.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, crisp Smokey texture with a dry finish.
Overall – What a wonderful beer. This was a huge stout with a light peaty smoky flavor that made this a great beer. WOW Can I have more please with my dinner be sure to drink with a fork.
AmEricanbrew (6571) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black with a brown head. Medium full body and smooth. Great stout taste is blackened malts with smoke and peat with a black malt bitterness to finish. A very good base stout with bonus smoke and peat flavors.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Opaque black with small tan head. Aroma is big smoke, roasted chocolate, a little sweet roast, with only a tad bit of hops, dark fruit and alc. Smoke base to the flavor with dark roasted malt, chocolate, a little alc with hops. Medium body with a little syrupiness. A nice stout with a great balance of smoke thrown in.
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Nuffield. A rich deep black color with a dark brown head. A full aroma with smoke, wood, chocolate, and rich malts. The smoked flavor is strong with a long finish.