Fearless99 (14) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank after a night of coffee, bottle, somewhat cold. Aroma of roasted malt and some bitter hops came through. than I expected. Small dark head, some lacing. Taste is sweet with a good amount of coffee and chocolate notes. slightly fruity aspect to the taste. Texture was very creamy, just enough carbonation. finished bitter with chocolate, although on a few sips i swear it tasted like lettuce. Good choice for a cold winter night.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared this with Duane. Started drinking this after it warmed up a bit and the aroma is pretty intense. Roasted malts, raisins/prunes, some alcohol all coming through in the nose. Taste is much the same with some sweetness as well as a slightly bitter chocolate finish. I dont know if I could drink a whole bottle of this, but this is a good one.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Horse makes some outstanding beers! nose is of dark chocolate and some plum/raisins. appearance is jet black with a brownish ruby head. up front the flavors are of mild dark chocolate with some dark roast malt and a hint of coffee. on the finish is a lingering bitterness that is not unpleasant at all. Michigan stouts rock! thanks to Walleye for this 12 oz. bottle.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Appears a black color with a foamy tan head. Lots of scaly lacing all over the glass.
Smell is very creamy, with chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas. Pretty darn good.
Mouthfeel is roasty, full bodied, mildly sweet and filled with a coffee bitterness that is mostly pleasant.
Drinkability is nice. Very good brew.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black color, just as every single Dark Horse stout, but with a thin, and quickly diminishing light tan head. Espresso and chocolate aromas, with hints of vanilla, roast and brownies, quite the vibrant little blend of malt aromatics. Flavor has some oxidation, just like the aroma, but this is also a 2004 example. Body is slightly undercarbonated and it is thin, but not watery. Slightly bitter and astringent malt, but still decadent and enjoyable, with chocolate and cream flavors. Quite the treat.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from the bottle. poured black, with a tan head. aroma sweet dark chocolate, , coffee, caramel, cocoa. flavor the blend of the chocolate and coffee was right on for me than got those nice roasted malts. a little on the chaulky side but good. this is the 2nd dark brew from dark horse I have had, got one more to go and I am looking forward to it
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely dark black. Chocolaty-sweet nose. Rich, intense, dark chocolate flavors. Silky-soft texture was real nice, but it was a little lacking in the carbonation department. Sweet notes of creamy milk, cocoa and caramel. Background aromas of smoke and tobacco. Overall: Great aromas; OK flavors; questionable texture. Oh, and I wasn’t fond of the multi-phallic label, for what that’s worth. What is that a drawing of anyway?
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Virtually no head.
Body is black, potentially opaque (not flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (coffee, chocolate, caramel), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Starts out ok in the nose, but falls down a bit in the mouth...not much body or texture, and kind of tart.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color, no head. Fantastic aroma- creamy mocha, rich and roasty malts. Taste is huge roasted coffee and malts. Slight oxidation really throws this beer off though. Body is watery. Tobacco finish.
IndianaRed (2436) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours an extremely dark black with only a suggestion of a light brown head. Aorma is roasted and a bit of molassas and slightly sour. More like a very strong porter. Flavor is similar. Dark roasted notes and a little chocolate but mainly that burnt, charcoal flavor. Again I thought rather porter-ish. A rather thin fell as well. The late aftertaste is a quite strong smokey bitter. I expected more "sweet" or "cream" in this one.
Nice but a bit over rated I thought.
Thanks to pailhead for this sample of the midwest.