patrick767 (3528) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at the brewpub - Pours black with a medium sized tan head. It has a light roast malt aroma. The flavor is a very nice darkly roasted/toasted malt with good mild hops balance and some chocolate notes. This brew is full bodied and feels lightly carbonated on the palate, which I like. I wouldn’t have guessed that this one had 8% abv.
jcr (2185) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid sweet stout — sugary and roasty, velvet mouthfeel. Poured black with a thin, dark tan head that quickly disappeared. Nose filled with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee. Flavor is sweet with a roast bitterness in the finish that lingers. Medium to full bodied. Creamy texture. Minimal carbonation. Lasting finish. Enjoyable.
DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to sliffy for this one via Mystery Swap 2.0. I liked this one a tad more than the One, but they are both world class stouts. The pour here is jet black with tan head. Aroma of big roasty, oaty dark malt, dark chocolate syrup, molasses. Tastes roasty dark malty, oaty, with a solid dark chocolate element, plus mild coffee notes, slight nuts. Rich palate, albeit a tiny bit dry for this style. This one is outstanding.
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 12 oz bottle courtesy of MI2CA. Poured into a small tulip glass with small brown head. Again the blackest color. Aroma is soft roastiness, emphasis on soft. I get lactose but more like spoiled cider and a prune juice aspect. Mouthfeel is undercarbonated which adds to the prune juice similarity. Taste is just slightly spoiled milk, weird fruitiness (did I say prune enough), and finishes with slight coffee bitterness, which stays for the aftertaste. The hinting coffee leaves me wanting more, the undercarbonation is not too desirable and this beer is my first disappointment of the 4 stout beers (maybe my expectations were too high).
I am thinking the original rating was an off bottle. Bought this at a store in North Chicago. Poured completely black with a dark brown, large head. Still looks good. The bottom line on this beer is its all bitter malt, not a sweet stout at all. I feel like I am smelling burning stove and drinking bitter black patent husk. Too one dimensional. Alcohol well hidden.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours nearly black with a very small brown head. This brew is lightly carbonated with a medium/thin body. The flavor is of lightly roasted nuts and some chocolate.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ogglethorp; nose of roasty coffee and bittersweet chocolate; opaque black with only a few cinnamon colored bubbles; Nice thick body, but little carbonation; flavor of coffee, roastiness, light sweetness, and some chocolate. Excellent flavor, needs more gas!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little head retention on this black beast. The pour opens up notes of milk chocolate, heavy cream, bitter chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Silky texture plays off low carbonation making this liquid velvet. A little more CO2 would be nice to help define the roasted malts. The coffee becomes more pronounced in the body, cut nicely by the sweetness of the lactose. Very drinkable and mind boggling how they crammed enough malt into this to get to 8%.
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to ogglethorp! Pours a deep, deep, deep brownish/black with an extremely dense brown head. Nice roasty aromas, bitterness. Nice flavor but a bit or an odd aftertaste, sort of chalky and medicinal. Great mouthfeel and a nice finish. Overall a good beer.
IanWalker (6) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely aroma. Not immediately in love with it, but by the second sip, I liked it more. Roasty flavor, with a bit of sweetness. Long chocolate finish. Nice body. I would appreciate a bit more carbonation (almost none to speak of), but it doesn’t ruin the beer at all.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a dark black core, medium tan head with patchy retention at the edges. Marshmallow and roasted malts in the aroma, hints of milk chocolate. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: milk chocolate, wet and roasted malts; pleasant, citrus hop bitterness balancing things out. Long, creamy and milk chocolate finish.