blankboy (6415) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & biegaman -- my bottle courtesy of lewis13. Pours a very dark brown with a small diminishing light-brown head. Aroma’s roasty and nutty along with some chocolate, oats and hops. Flavour of oats, chocolate, light hops, some alcohol and a dry finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Not one of Dark Horse’s best but still pretty good.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing! A very impressive beginning to this series. Lots of chocolate on the nose of this dark brown pour. Hints of coffee in the thick body with a little chocolate in the finish.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours an opaque near black brew with a rich creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma has rich milk chocolate, dairy cream, roasted nuts, and espresso. Taste is smooth, creamy, and more honey nut flavor. Finish is creamy, chocolatey and a sweet aftertaste.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, biegaman and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle. Looks like motor oil. Oily, lush nutty deep roast malt aroma, slightly musty. Bitter, oily slightly sour flavour - finishes with a touch of leafy, musty hops. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, lightly acidic, smooth finish. Dry and complex - hides the alcohol well, but is ear-warming.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a very dark black, chalky obsidian color with a thick layer of foamy bubbled tan head. Well sustaining head that collapses onto itself to form a milky cream topping. Lovely aroma that’s brimming with coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of anise, and a hint of freshly chopped mint leaves. Great balance of the roasty character with the minty hops, and as a bonus, the malt character is roasty and intriguing in other dark dimensions. I love the balance between the hops, chocolate, and coffee; it’s what I would expect an andes mint melted in sumatran roast coffee would smell like. Light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I’d like, and the flavors start out a bit slow, but they really take off on the back end. The start of the palate brings out some weaker flavors of simple toast, but then transitions to an intense, long lasting flavor parade that brings out all of the great aroma traits. The roastiness of the malt transitions into some smooth chocolate roast coffee, turns a bit spicy with the anise and licorice tones, and then finishes with some pleasant mint, all of the flavors lasting while the next phase builds on top of the former. Great beer, but would be even better if it had a bit more body to create a silkier mouthfeel and get some of those flavors dancing in the carbonation to settle down on the tongue more quickly.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark dark dark brown with no head. This only makes it look darker, which in the world of stouts, makes me think a beer to be more attractive. Maybe the bottle is old? Doesn’t smell old. Mocha, coffee, chocolate, and everything in between. Really reminds me of a slightly fainter Founder’s Breakfast Stout. Creamy, with a little fig, and only a hint of roast and floral hops. Dense and viscous in the mouth with surprising levels of carbonation given the complete lack of head. Again, tastes a lot like Founders Breakfast Stout, though much cleaner in terms of diacetyl, though there’s still some in there,but rightfully so. Big sweet mocha maltiness. Creamy, with a little hint of alcohol. Chocolate, coffee, and some dates give way to a bit of balancing acidity. Alcohol, roast, and a bit of astringency linger. The aftertaste is mostly charcoally roast. A rather nice beer indeed.
jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to brewblackhole for forwarding this one. Aroma reminds me of cocoa and some purple fruits. Very smooth and creamy. Taste is of chocolate again. The finish is slightly roasted malty. Sweetness stays with you with a coffee/chocolate residue. Nice beer.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle drunk on 4/21. Black with no head. Great mixture of dark roasted malts and oatmeal in the aroma. SMOOOTH and CREAMY body and taste. Some sweetness also. Sludge at the botton of glass. Very good beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color. Slid out of the bottle like a thick motor oil. Head was thick and tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of subdued dark chocolate. There was slight sweetness up front which was tempered by a roasty malt bitterness that lingered. The dominant flavors were coffee and roasted malt. Even though it wasn’t aged in oak (as far as I know), there was an oaky note at the end. Solid stout.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled on 2/13/07 thanks to Silphium: Pours a mostly opaque dark brownish black with a thin ring of tan head. Slightly caramely sweet dark malty aroma has some smoky notes and roasted coffee beans. First sip is of lightly sweet and earthy dark malts with a touch of lingering dark chocolate and bitter roasted malt toward the finish.