SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Small, dense, brown layer of foam. Aroma of roasted bitterness, subtle chocolate and vanilla, whole coffee beans, big time dark chocolate as it warms. Flavor of huge chocolate chips, subtle coffee, same roasted bitterness, subtle vanilla, cookie malt, and some light hops in the finish and aftertaste. Medium, balanced body. Easy drinking. I’d like a little more weight in the body. Still very good.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty aroma with some burnt sugar sits atop a fairly flat, black beer with little light brown head. Rich and creamy with lots of velvet and roasted goodness. Rather limp, with a milky, sweet chocolate flavor. well balanced and very tasty. These guys do great stouts! Thanks Brad.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head, eliciting a strong chocolate espresso aroma. This one is very tasty, though somewhat flat. The most prominent flavor is bitter chocolate, but there is also a noticeable coffee presence. There is a very thick slightly bitter finish that sticks to your tongue.
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a brief but beautiful crema head atop dark espresso. Dark chocolate and coffee. Prominent bourbon alcohol. Melt some bittersweet chocolate, add 8 shots of espresso, some cane sugar, vanilla, half cup cream and a squirt of lime and you’ll get an idea of how tasty this stout is. Silky and rich with just enough back end drying to chase off remaining lactic sweetness. Ready for another sip. TOO good!
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very black with not much of a tan head at all. I could smell the aroma from over a foot away from the glass, smelled very chocolatey and roasty. The aroma close to the glass is very similar but it seems to be a little more bitter chocolate. Flavor was a little bitter on the tongue, seems to be from chocolate and hops. Very smooth and sweet in the mouth. I didnt notice the 8% in this at all.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee beans, semi sweet chocolate and smokey. Has a bit of a woody, oak aged flavor to it. This is a very smooth cream stout that finishes slightly dry and with a hint of fermented fruit in the aftertaste. This is a very nice, complex Cream Stout that can hold it’s on with any out there.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 From the bottle- Pours a pitch black color, dark brown head. This looks delicious. The nose is very sweet, some slight coffee and chocolate notes. Drinking this is sweet, great mouthfeel, roasted/coffee notes. Smooth creamy finish. Incredibly luxurious and finely made.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, mellow, roasty, almost smoky malt taste with standard chocalate/coffee note. Sort of flat. The cream/lactic aspect doesn’t quite work, especially in the finish. medium body.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THANKS BREWBLACKHOLE!!! Dark color. Smell of malt, hops, heavy coffee, nuts and chocolate. Taste of hops, roasted coffee, caramel, hints of chocolate and sugar. A strong coffee bitterness at the end. I like my stouts thick and rich and its lacking in this one! Still enjoyable. I really like the coffee that comes out in this.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is a deep dark brown - very nearly black - with a thin film ring along the edge. Other than a few flecks of foam here and there, it doesn’t leave any lace, but rather thick, oily ’legs.’ Moderate roasted malt aroma, slightly fruity.
Not surprisingly, the flavor is dominated by roasted malt - full-flavored yet mellow. Behind this is a little bit of sweeter malt, and a generic hop bitterness in the finish. A pleasant bitter chocolate and dark roast coffee flavor shows up in the aftertaste - slightly smokey. Medium body, lightly carbonated, fairly smooth mouthfeel.