Jayb0 (1084) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent Excellent. They’ve captured the dark, vinous, maybe anised character of say a Storm King and layered it on top of a slighly lighter, belgian body with a bit more carbonation. And it works.
marcus (7445) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark brown ale poured with a medium light brown head that dwindled to sparse. The flavor was very malty with a sharp finish and a carbonated mouthfeel. This is a very tasty stout with less alcohol flavor than one would expect.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown to black. Medium head (a bit frothy) with some chunks visible. The aroma has charcoal, black licorice, wood, and a light sweetness like cotton candy. Very interesting flavor. Black licorice, cream, sweet molasses, some light burnt wood (chicory comes to mind as does cinnamon). Not bad, but it was a little sharp (acidic) in mouth feel that lessened my experience.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Massive thanks to Harrisoni for bringing this back from the brewery. Unfortunately this bottle gushed a little on opening so the head which ensued on top of the oily black liquid was looser than it should have been. The aroma is fruity and a little lactic. Not much roastiness but instead a berry like hoppiness. The taste is also on the creamy fruity side. Not much coffee, roast or chocolate notes but an intruiging complexity going on nonetheless. Although I enjoyed this I was a little disappointed in its lack of stoutness.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from HWC: Almost black with a purple tint and a generous, fading, foamy tan head. Aroma is plum and green apple with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is rich, tangy and complex with dark fruit, a little licorice, bittersweet dark chocolate, light alcohol, vinous, some port finishing with a strong dry bitterness. Palate is spritzy, smoth and rich. A most unusual stout and damned tasty!
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Pours deep black with a foamy tan head. Aroma is vinous, cherries, rich chocolate malts, coffee, plums, roasted peat, yum. Taste is almost more fruity than roasty, Notes of cherry, roast, dark candy sugar, lactic oakiness. I’m amazed. Still has plenty of subtle roasted malts layered above sweet roasted malt and a crazy Belgian yeast with some lactic brett. Tastes sublime, Mouthfeel is full to thick bodied with lush carbonation. It is quite highly carbonated for a stout, but not too much. Alcohol is evident, but not overwhelming. Absolutely delicious!
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark brown with a large tan head. Has a lot of smoke to the flavor, as well as a yeasty finish with a touch of sour.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle at Fynske Øldage) Opaque black and a thick beige head. Aroma like black rock candy. Flavor is smoked with a sour note. Lacks some sweetness.
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish black, thick brown head. Aroma of coffee and raisin. Mildy fizzy palate. Notes of coffee, toast, with a hint of prune. Nicley crisp finish with a hint of cherry.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dense opaque appearance, thick head formation. Intense almost overwhelming rich fruity aroma, charred raisin notes add balance. Sweet jammy, red wine flavor, slightly burnt, blackcherry and cassis. Moderate roasty dryness comes in late but stays sweet, almost syrupy, throughout.