jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours identical to the #1, their oatmeal stout. slightly less head. sweeter aroma, seems to have a bigger malt presence. superior to the oatmeal stout, but it finishes a bit thinner than its predecessor. great beer.
Pailhead (4237) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Bottle: Big chocolate aroma with moderate dark chocolate and faint cocoa. Mixed with the chocolate are roasted coffee and cream. It pours motor oil black with a small brown head that diminishes to a thin ring along the outside edges of the glass. The flavor stats with a light quick dose of dark chocolate that quickly fades to a roasted coffee finish with some light burnt notes. Absolutely no sign of the 8%. While it seems to come across a tad thin at times, itís medium bodied with an oily texture and soft/creamy carbonation.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Typical deep black color that is like the other Dark Horse stouts. Deep brown head fades quickly, although not as fast as One and Tres. Deeply roasted malt aroma mingles with a bittersweet chocolate aroma. Taste is bitter and sweet at the same time. Very muck like bittersweet chocolate with coffee. Really a tasty beer. Now on to find the smoked stout and imperial stout to finish the list.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with rising little tan head. Chocolate espresso nose, with hints of sourness and plenty of roastiness. Body is thick and coating, taste is strong and very roasty, damn, like a cup of thick espresso, chocolate notes and just a bit of sourness at the finish. Some hops and roasty dryness finish this one. Oh boy is this stuff good! #2 in their line of stouts. Much better fresh from the tapper.
jaymobrown (1587) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark oil look. Roast milk flavors. Bitter chocolate. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Some vanilla bean properties as well. Good cream stout.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 this is a wonderful beer...starts with small head....nice vanilla aroma, with hints of chocolate...wonderful pour...slowly slides down the side of the glass, leaving a nice film of beer...creamy palate (one of the best in terms of palate that i have tried)..coffee an vanilla hints for flavor....great taste; viva la cream stout
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a black with small brown head. Sweet nutty aroma with some vanilla. Roasted fruity malt flavor with some coffee and molasses. Very smooth finish.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Black, opaque, pours with a moderate brown head. What little aroma there is sweet malt. The flavor is roast, chocolate, molasses, sweet, and slightly fruity(prunes). Mouth feel is creamy smooth, not a lick of acidity to be found in this beer. Sweet finish. Excellent Stout.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stark black, opaque and thick set, no head, a few dark brown bubbles urge up around the edge, lace is nil as well. Aroma has a mild tone and overall low-keyed nose, has a good portion of vanilla, hazelnut, sweet chocolate, and caramel, has a thin roasty hint along with some kind of undetermined fruityness. Taste has a balancing act between mild roast qualities and sweet malts and fruits. The fruit seems like pear and slight orange which sits mostly underneath a moderate bittering black malt astringency, coffeeness, and burnt barley. The flavors are quite nice, not overly intense or brutish, it favors more of a smooth, rich smoothability and drinkability. Where as the feel and body goes, so goes the drinkability with this stuff. Sweet creamy body and bulky rich feel, slick and buttery, bold and slides right down. Finish is a partial mix of cocoa and roasty drying and tidbits of the sweeter stuff sticking.
Dark Horse seems to have their brews solidly built, as I have yet to be diappointed by one yet. The stouts are all top notch treats. As is this.
thedm (4852) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of brown colored finely sized long lasting bubbles. The body was pitch black with no visible carbonation. It had a dark malt aroma with some dark molasses noted. The mouth feel was smooth and tingly initially with a mild tingly bitter finish. The flavor was that of a strong dark malt.