jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, no bottling/freshness date, but I know this is the new label 2007 release, sampled in a pint glass. The ABV is 8%.
Poured as black as motor oil with a tight, compact brown head that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing. A light amount of splotchy lace at the top of the glass.
Lush smelling nose of heavily roasted dark malts and milk sugar. The smells really mesh together well, roasted dark coffee, lightly burnt chocolate and sweet milky lactose, quite appealing.
There is enough of an low temperature warmth to make it’s 8% ABV noticeable on the tongue and in back of the mouth. Smooth moderate feeling body with an airy creaminess, this is one easy sipper, quite pleasant on a cold mid-December night. The milk sugar lactose flavor does a lot to sweeten the roasted, almost burnt, dark malts, easing their nature malty bitterness. Dark roast coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate buoyed by the sugary milk flavor make this cream stout unique and highly enjoyable. In the aftertaste some coffee nuttiness lingers a bit in the palate.
An excellent holiday stout from Dark Horse, recommended if you like dark roasted tasting malty stouts.
theisti (3380) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared by csbosox at the 12/7 tasting at Indra’s. Pour is black, with a quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma of creamy, roasty coffee notes, and some sourness. Taste is a nice creamy mouth feel with some roasty coffee around the edges. Good flavor start to finish.
csbosox (1228) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Roast, chocoloate, lactose, and a touch of licorice. Black colored with a light khaki head. Taste is chocolate, roast, lactose, black licorice and some light spice. Night mouthfeel.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful ebony with a small but frothy brown head. Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, Breyer’s vanilla. Nice creamy texture and fairly full-bodied. A little of the Whoppers malt balls in the flavor but not as sweet. Quite quaffable.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a small, creamy, brown head that diminishes to a thin ring of bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. After a couple minutes it looks like a pint glass full of soy sauce. The nose is a subdued blend of dark roasted malt and light chocolate. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied and fairly thin yet silky soft, transitioning into a roasted, sour finish. Roasted dark and chocolate malt are complimented by a solid sweet-sour lactose note. The lactose, however, is a bit too much for my tastes. While I like this one, I enjoyed Dark Horse’s "One" a lot more.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from hoppymeal. Pours a very dark, oil colored black with the slightest of head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate and molasses. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel...the creamy milk is very evident. Flavor is less roasted than the aroma, but tons of coffee, chocolate and some darker fruits in there as well. Solid finish. Thanks hoppymeal.
demitriustown (1109) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma is big on chocolate, toffee, malts, with some caramel and heavy cream scent to this brew. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head the diminishes into nothing. Taste is got a really good milky, creamy, roasted coffee note to this brew. A bit of chocolate, light nut notes, and a bit of caramel. The palate is awesome with the a creaminess to it that I’ve never had with any other beer. A definate good sweet stout that hits the spot right now.
alexsdad06 (6450) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an oily black with a thin creamy tan ring. The aroma entices with roasted malts, sweet chocolate, molasses, and some dark fruits. The flavor is heavy on the roasted character with some coffee and chocolate in there as well. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style; medium/full bodied and creamy smooth. Another fine offering from Dark Horse.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark, almost black, brown, with a very thin, dark brown head. Nose warms to roasty chocolate aromas. Flavors are roast, chocolate and coffee, dominated by the roast. Mouthfeel is medium, with fairly long lasting roast notes. A good, if not spectacular stout.
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oil black brew with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet, molasses, coffee is a big element, dark chocolates, brown sugar. The flavor is pretty big on coffee, dark roast, light alcohol, a bittering hop presence at the back of the mouth. Molasses and brown sugars. Nice smooth palate. Excellent stout.