DietPepsican (1526) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with thin dirty brown head. Strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavor is bitter coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malt, smoke, hazelnut. Finishes slightly bitter, creamy. Nice carbonation.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dark milk chocolate, and this strange bock-like blending of dark cocoa and this ineffable goodness that I can only describe as port- but less winey.
Flavor is dark chocolate, port, bitter cocoa.
This is very straightforward, but damn good.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stine - thanks! Nice looking blackish pour with a smaller head. Aroma has a bold creamy, roastiness that mixes well with the dark chocolate and light coffee essence coming off this one. Flavor is chocolatey-creamy with some light smokiness, a hint of espresso, and light hop bitterness. Nice mouthfeel - Good stout with a taste doesn’t quite live up to the wonderful aroma (or its close relative Black Bier), but still a nice stout from Dark Horse.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Low carbonation. Lots of cocoa in the aroma. Tastes a bit like melted milk chocolate. Distinct lactic finish. Very nice.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Extremely dark pour is essentially pitch black. Small cocoa head. Aroma is overpowering chocolate with a hint of dark roast. Creamy medium full body with restrained carbonation. Taste is mostly chocolate but there is a soothing lactic note and some bitter dark roast. Very nicely done. Thanks to acknud for the bottle.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Eben for this one. Black bodied with a small brown head. Somewhat powdery aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite chocolaty as well with a gentle roastiness blended in with the flowing smooth texture.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Almost black coloured with a small brown head. Quite roasted and sweet with notes of malt, chocolate, coffe and cream.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to mreusch. Poured a deep black color with a moderate tan head that diminished quickly. Aroma of light roast and a earthy green character. Light chocolate and roasted malt that leads into a earthy, almost cardboard taste, but not necessarily in a bad way. Very creamy and smooth, easy-drinking with no real signs of alcohol. Pretty nice beer, may be better fresh. Thanks Matt.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with pantanap - Pours a dark brown color with a thin, 1/4 finger thick tan head that faded quickly. Very light lacing after a few good swirls. Aroma is a very light roasted malt. What a disappointment. Flavor is light roasted malt and bitter sweet chocolate. Palate is soft but dry. Medium body. Has a lingering dry roasted malt aftertaste. A decent beer. Thanks Kan.
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one received via trade with SQNfan...THANK YOU!!! Black as coal brew with less than foam; a single swirl of caramel bubbles tried to break the surface but their attempt was futile!!! Aroma was s’mores-like, with dark bitter chocolate, cedar-laden smoke, and creamy marshmallow froth. It coated the tongue well...just missing a little somethin’ somethin’ to push it over the top.