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 (12756) - 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 (12187) - 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.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured deep brown with an ample brown head. Roasted malt aroma with some oatmeal and chocolate. Sweet malty flavor, with oats, cocoa, coffee and some hops towards the end. Very rich and smooth bodied. Nice.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
opaque brown, rich chocolate aroma with light roasted, rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate and roasted, light bitterness, a bit too dry,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into stem glass. Purchased at Discount Liquor, Milwaukee. Opaque black in the glass. A winey film covers the side instead of lacing. Smell: some oatmeal mustiness and a slight acidity reminiscent of bourbon, plus unmasked alcohol. Acidic in the mouth. Chocolate flavor is thin in the middle, but lingers a long time. The middle is mostly grainy and musty. Finish is acidic and chemically dry, with nice oats and a hard sweetness late. Moderately roasty.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Heavy nose of roasted malt, oatmeal, toasted marshmallow. Some alcohol and a whiff of smoke. Pours like motor oil. Jet black with a rich, reddish amber head. Flavor was lots of dry roasted malt. Some nice hop bitterness on the back end. A hint of vanilla and coffee. Fairly full bodied and creamy on the palate.
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 (415) - 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.