Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle-HUGE HUGE thanks to Wolfhs for sending this beer my way in a trade. Pours a wonderful pitch black hue that was oily and thick during the pour. Black as hell! An awesome dark brown head toped this beer. A very robust aroma-complex with notes of roast, smoke, currants, maple surup, dark chocolate, plums, char-absolutely wonderful! Awesome flavors of columbian coffee, roast, smoke, burnt notes, dark chocolate, plum, rum. Pure stout bliss! This could be the most under-rated beer on rate beer. TO me, this is a top 50 all the way! Long roasty, smokey chocolate finish what was delivered with a nice oily palate. The carbonation was perfect for this style. has that slight marshmellow finish mouthfeal like Kalamazoo bells stout. As the beer warmed, the beer exibited a nice rum/cherry flavor and the maple was more apparent on the aroma. I think i had a religions experience with this beer. Michigan is the KING of stouts. This could be the most under-rated beer EVER! Strongly recomended!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark black oily pour that produces a lively dark mocha head. Decent glass lacing. The aroma is sweet molasses, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and light sourness. The flavor is big but not huge like the pour would suggest. Sweet malt, espresso, and mildy sweet chocolate. Hop burst at the end is a pleasant surprise. Medium body with a nice lightly sour finish. Another impressive beer from these guys.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good brew. Black pour with a decent cocoa colored head. Creamy mouthfeel although just a tad thin in body. Has all the typical characteristics for the style. Slight roasted bitterness, hints of sweetness. Thanks to hopsrus for this one!
jtw (1074) - 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 (4362) - 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, it’s 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 (1606) - 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.