BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is overdue, and a nice one for number 400. Poured a dark blackish color with a small tan head. Nose is a ton of coffee, lotsa roasty malts too. Flavor is bitter roasted malts, nice hop bitterness to balance things slightly. Full bodied and smooth...I really like the coffee all the way through this one. Nice dry finish....great ale!
Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2010 Retrying this about five years later, now there is carbonation but the beer has sort of an over-tart character that is now what detracts from it. Honestly, I think the godawful graphic design on this label means this sits too long and you end up w/ old bottles.
I wasnít expecting this to be so strong. Pours an oily black with only a wisp of head. Nose is big and rich with a bit of coffee, chocolate and a hoppy sort of funk. Lack of carbonation creates the impression of thinness wich really detracts from the overall richness. Taste follows aroma mostly with a touch of astringency. It smells and tastes really nice but the weak carbonation really kills it. Too bad. 3.3
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Smells of coffee, nutmeg and prunes. Tastes of chocolate, roses and coffee. Nice, but lacking in the mothfeel.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a dark orange head. The aroma is sweet maple and coffee with some roasted peanuts. Rich aroma. The taste is toasted peanuts and burnt coffee. Plenty of roasted flavors. If you like roasted tastes that arenít quite smoke or coffee, this would be a good beer for you.
pintbypint (2269) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 12 fl oz. brown bottle, courtesy of heemer77. Opaque pour, brown-black colour, tiny tan head. Light roasted aroma. Big mouthfeel with huge roasted malt flavour, some sweetness and black coffee and cocoa notes. Lasting bittereness.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with my brother. Thanks for this one!! Extremely pleasant sweet milk-chocolatey aroma. This can be smelled easily from afar. Awesome! Closer inspection of the aroma reveals more roastiness with slight oak notes. Magnificent! Opaque, pitch black color with a brown head and gorgeous lacing. Start is somewhat ill-defined, turning extremely roasted in the middle. Coffe-like with mild astringent oakiness to finish. DOesnt have the sweetness that the inital nose promises, but this is still very coffee-like and EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE.
Ernest (5863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a light note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation.
Very nice, but my socks stayed on.
hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Bottle... Opaque, pitch black ale with a large, frothy, beige head. Terrific retention with good, creamy lacework. Milk chocolate and vanilla nose. Tastes like a NYC chocolate egg cream up front. Metallic, bitter as all hell and burnt to a crisp on the backside... acetic as well. Medium-bodied and creamy with mild carbonation. Charred, bitter finish. Quality brew. Thanks go out to eyedrinkale for the bottle!
burtallen (2) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was very surprised by the rich flavor of this beer, It was recommended by a beer store. This is one of my all time favorite beer!
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
opaque pour with a nice light brown head, but the head disappears fast. Roasted malt aroma, vanilla, dirt...has a nice smell of the outdoors. Nice bitterness to start, good amount of roasted malt, some mild chocolate sweetness. Beautiful bitterness to finish, nice mouthfeel, very dry. Full plate here, this is a wonderful beer, and I am glad to have had the chance to sample this.