emacgee (4585) - 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.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was dark chocolate black. The head was very thin, dark tan, and creamy. The aroma was very strong coffee, roast, sweet malt, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. The flavor was roasty, coffee, hops, a waxy/bitterness at the back of the mouth, and some molasses. The flavor was not as complex as I would have like, but still good. The palate was fairly carbonated and lively. The finish was a waxyness.
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pour is black but a little thin looking. Head is very faint, tan swirls here and there with a thin ring of tan cream. Aroma is coffee roast, liquorish, and dark chocolate. Pretty nice. The flavor is initially sweeter and smooth; chocolaty. The roast and coffee notes appear in the finish. The aftertaste is milky - the lactose. The body is pretty smooth, but a little on the thin side. I guess that is the difference between using oats for sweetness and using lactose. I have to say I enjoy the body produced by using oats, but this lactose flavor is very nice.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>EithCubes, thanks Mike!) Some hiccups with this one...Pours very dark brown, like thick black coffee. Very little head. Rich, sweetish coffee/chocolate aroma. Mouthfeel fairly smooth and thick. Low carbonation. Became rather flat so palate was rather syrupy by the end. Flavor is coffee roast and dark chocolate with grassiness riding in on finish and aftertaste. More bitterness than One. First stumble Iíve had from Dark Horse.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours Black with a fine, tan head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate overtones. Some coffee aroma in there as well. Mouthfeel is good and heavy with a roasted, coffee, chocolate flavor. Some molasses in there as well. Very good!
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black, just the slightest hint of a reddish-tan head. Aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Average carbonation, medium bodied. Flavor is milk chocolately and smooth. Finish is quick, slightly bitter. Just the right amount of sweetness. Absolutely no detectable alcohol. Great brew.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. pours black with creamy tan head that didnít last that long. nose is very roasty. flavor is rich w/ roasted malts, cream, and nutty and chocolaty finish. mouth feel is right on - very creamy but not too thick or chewy. wow, really nothing to knock this beer for, just well done on all levels.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours black, headless, and oil like, no aroma, creamy roasted malt flavor, light bitterness, very boring
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Lots of milk chocolate on the nose. Like Nesquik with alcohol. Malted milk chocolate ice cream. Pours almost opaque black with a tiny reddish/khaki head. Fairly dry on the palate. Definite creamy/chocolate lactose flavor. Some earthy hops begin to show after warming. Very rich and creamy on the palate.
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is solidly black and thick looking, too. Head is fairly small and orangish brown. Aromas are of molasses, espresso, prunes and black licorice. Alcohol is faintly present in the nose. Flavor is fairly spicy... I mean in addition to all of the junk you would expect from a sweet stout. The licorice flavoring came out much stronger than in earlier samples Iíve had of this. I donít know if it is because I finally got around to rating the sixth bottle out of a six pack and it had been in the fridge for a while, or whether it was something I hadnít detected before... Eitehr way, it adds a nice little bit of complexity to the brew that is rather particular.