GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to someone (Immy perhaps?) for sending me this bottle. Itís a nice stout for sure. It had a few things that could either be better or more pronounced, but the sum of the beer was clearly above average. The beer pours out of the bottle in a thick streak of ooey black goodness. It hits the glass and immediate creates a light chocolately brown head with tiny bubbles being the base for some big foamy bubbles. The head disappates rather quickly unfortunately and whatís left is a black coffee looking brew with no semblance of a head. My sniffer picks up anise immediately. Sweet, roasted, wet malts are next. Some obvious coffee notes too. But underlying all of it is this odd irony, metallic character that is really unpleasant. It kinda reminds me of drinking a stout from a can character. Mouthfeel is smooth with a hotness brought on by the alcohol content, but as it warms up that disappears a bit. Flavor isnít horrible. Perhaps a step-up from average. Strong with coffee with a shot of alcohol clearly present. Some vinous notes started creeping in as it really got to room temp. Subtle chocolate notes that I wish were more prevelent were also popping up. Iíd like to have my sweet stouts a bit sweeter than this as this was a bit dry I thought. Overall not bad. Not sure if I could (or would) drink more than a pint of this. It could have been more smooth, less alcoholic, a bit sweeter with more complexity. Overall, a nice beer.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
TRUMP! Wow, this brew pours black as 30wt with 100k miles on it. The creamy spattered froth only rises a fingers width, but has a beautiful bronze color. Head retention is a little short lived and rduces to a partial yet fluffy lace. Aromas of creamy roasted leathery malts makes my mouth water. Full nectar w/ soft and velvety residual effers creates a rather sensuous brew. The brew glides in silky then turns to velvet on the way down. The mildly sweet flavor profile starts out w/ heavily roasted viscous malts. Then the defined asprin bittering component kicks in to balance. Roasted coffee bean, bitter cocoa, leather, and bit-o-black cherry. The finish is long and savory leaving behind a tastey roasted cocoa residue and a perfect bittering component. Highly recommended.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of puzzl (thanks Andy!). Poured black with no head at all, just a tan ring. Slight aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is mostly chocolate, with some roasty coffee flavor in the background. Itís got that oatmeal smoothness I enjoy so much on the palate. Finish is more on the roasted coffee end. An enjoyable brew. Canít wait to try the rest.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. pours black with tan creamy head. nose is oats, milk chocolate, wet grains, and coffee. flavor is rich milk chocolate, roasty, dark coffee, and oats. mouth feel is creamy this is a nice stout. I like most of the stouts in the series but really hate the artwork.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours black with a brown head, little lacing. Nose is mild of roast with coffee and cocoa. Flavor is true to the oatmeal stout with nice accents of coffee and chocolate, light roast. Solid. Thanks EithCubes.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a brown, mild head. Light aroma of coffee and chocolate. Thick mouth feel with a strong bitter, back mouth flavor. Very heavy qualities of coffee and chocolate. Strong alcoholic warmth at the end. Not a bad beer, but it is a little two-dimensional
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: poured black with a small brown head. Aroma is of coffee, some roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is more coffee, roastiness, but less chocolate than I would have thought. Has an alcohol bite to it. Is also quite dry. Bitter finish.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with a thin and fine tan head. The aroma is immeadiatly apparent and very nice. Lots of roasted malt notes with some chocolate. The flavor isnít that special until it gets to the point where it is almost too warm. There is a ton of chocolate in the flavor and some light roasted malts in the finish rounding out a nice delicious brew with a dry roast aftertatse. This one is very well done.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
I have been sitting on this bottle for a while and decided it was finally time to crank it open. In an attempt to thin the herd I am working through the beers which either will not age gracefully or will not improve in the cellar. This one was probably five months old when I opened it at the end of June. The local store has more left though Iím not sure I will pick it up - this did not strike me as a particularly good beer to sit on for more than a few months.
Aroma / Appearance - The black body is opaque without being too dark as a moderate amount of light can still sneak through. A half finger tan colored head sits on top like mocha frosting. Cinnamon, oatmeal, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla form the principal scents which are complimented by smoke and coffee. This has all the hallmarks of a sweet stout based on the nose.
Flavor / Palate - Peat blended with dark chocolate, smoke and coffee beans which have been roasted almost to the point of being burned form the first impression. Next comes cocoa, more smoke and carbonation. A lingering bitterness sits underneath everything to provide a point of reference. While it is not chewy the mouthfeel is still thick enough to be satisfying. The richness is offset by a subtle sweetness. Iím glad to have tried this one and wish I would have had the foresight to pick up the Fore as well.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a bottle or two of this a while back courtesy of Duane. My dad always hooks me up with the good stuff. Very black pour, roasty malt and sweet residual sugar aroma. Velvety mouthfeel with lots of roated malt, dark chocolate, and a nice amount hop flavor floating around in there. Very sweet and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Thanks dad!