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 (3325) - 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!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from EithCubes - thanks! Man, this is exactly the kind of beer that spins my rotor, even in the dank early summer humidity. A big roasty stout, with a rich chocolate body and some bready oatmeal heft. Very dry finish but not quite as thick as Iíd want. Overall very fine, though, and I hope to have this again.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep dark brown, almost black with a small head. Smells roasty. Taste is super roasty with some chocolate hints and distant hops. Quite creamy. Taste gets a little one dimensional after awhile, but nice and thick and full flavored for an oatmeal stout. Good beer.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malt aroma with light coffee. Black body with a medium head. Full palate. Lots of really strong coffee flavors with some chalky tastes and a hint of chocolate. Nice.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from BBB63
Pours black with a cappaccino brown colored head. The aroma has the aroma of those no bake drop cookies that my mom used to make me. Lots of oats and cocoa. The flavor has that kind of twang that I associate with oatmeal stouts. Nice choclate and coffee flavor. A long bitter finish. Milky mouthfeel. There are no signs of the 8% alcohol stated above.
Nice beer. Thanks Mike.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with sliffy - Pours a thick dark brown color with a thin tan head that faded pretty quick. No lacing. Aroma is raosted malt, chocolate, and light esters. Smells alot like a nice Imperial Stout. Flavor is roasted malt, and light coffee and chocolate. Palate is a little dry with a bitter finish. Medium body. I think this would make a better Baltic Porter than a Sweet Stout. A nice beer. Thanks Dan.