Grovlam (4189) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Small light brow fizzy head that mostly diminished. Spare lacework. Pitch black color. Liquorish, dried fruit, roasted malt, vinous. Over the palate notes of bitter coffee and chocolate comes through. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sweet and bitter flavor. Bitter coffee and liquorish finish.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice oatmeal stout. Pours a very dark, almost black, brown. Would earn perfect marks, if the dark brown head were longer lasting but, sadly, it faded too quickly to enjoy throughout. Nose is roasty, with stronger alcohol notes than are present in the flavor. Roast and coffee dominate the bitter flavor. Mouthfeel is medium.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma sweet with strong coffee and light chocolate. Taste much the same, pretty sweet and with lots of coffee.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark creamy pour with little dark head. Tastes sweet, just like the type says. A little off coffee taste in it. Nice refreshing taste for a stout. Not overly heavy.
TheEpeeist (3672) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark ebony with a coaxed, but pretty, creamy tan head with spots of espresso. Standard nose of coffee, chocolate and musty Concord. Begins with a very pronounced bitter mocha bite paired with a sharp carb tang. Body almost medium. Dry, a bit oily, with hints of walnuts, Bakerís chocolate and celery leaf as it fades.
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from a long time ago, whoever sent it, thanks. Shared with Joshy Shipper. Pours black with a thin half finger light brown head. The nose is robust, malty, with chocolate and coffee as well, doesnít smell exactly like a sweet stout persay but its appealing. Taste is sweet and coffee like. A little one dimensional. Pretty good overall but a little lacking, not as good as tres by any means.
MrBunn (2633) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This looks and smells so good Iím having a hard time getting my thoughts typed before diving in. Aromas are roasted malt, chocolate, a little bit of peat and mustiness, and just a touch of strong black coffee. Body is dark and thick looking and the head has all but died down by now. As I go back and take another sniff, I notice a charcoal and bourbon presence there. My first thoughts are that it has a little thinner mouthfeel than I expected and the flavor comes off as much more burnt and charcoaly than anticipated, too. I like that, but I would have guessed more oatmeal and chocolate tones would be the central stage show.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>EithCubes, thanks Mike!) Roasty and smooth...Pours black and thick with one finger of brown head that recedes to a thin layer. Aroma is straightforward coffee roast and dark chocolate with a touch of molasses. Mouthfeel very smooth and quite full. Light sloppy rings of lacing. Flavor is rich coffee and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Yum. Light-medium bitter in finish (and virtually no grassiness!). Do these guys make a bad beer?
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate, toasted marshmallow, oatmeal, honey, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and light citrus.
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with spare, rocky, light brown head, diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, roasted), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune and tar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness. Thanks to Duane for providing this beer via trade.