Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): A solid performer. Thick opaque black with a menacing tan head. THereís no mistaking where this is headed, or is there? In the nose, slightly salty, roasty aromas over a base of chalk. Possibly a touch thin. Thankfully, it was just a case of the liquid not wanting to give up its essence. In the mouth lots of roasted grains swirl around creamy chocolate. Thereís not really a lot of complexity here, but thereís a hell of a lot of flavour. Tasty.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, thin tan head. Flavor is dark chocolate and roasts. Finish is more roastiness and dry. Might be a little too much roasts for my taste, but still a nice beverage.
highlandlad (1452) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another star performer at an Australian group tasting of absurd extravagance. I might rate this even higher had it not been sandwiched by a couple of stunning Mikkellers and succeeded by a pair of Pannepots, Westveleterens and a Belle Vue Selection Lambic. Oh, that every day could be like that Sunday. Obsidian Stout was an impenetrable black capped by a lavish layer of coffee cream. The aroma was rich with molasses, cocoa powder and sump oil - a feast of roasted grains. Medium bodied but quite lactic. Good bitterness. Itís sweet but very balanced, with a late sourness in a dry finale. A fine balancing act. (Bottle courtesy of Linc at the Sydney Jan 2007 RateBeer gathering)
brstp (201) - - JAN 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black color, fluffy brown head with some nice lacing. Roasty aroma with a hint of imperial stout-ish hops, taste is pretty simple with some dirt, coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, dry finish.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Taste is of dark chocolate earthy and bitter. Finishes very dry. Not a very complex stout but still manages to keep your interest.
Stine (1733) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís a pretty average black with some espresso head. Malted milk balls, grocery store coffee and a little soy sauce in the aroma. Tastes of milk chocolate, oatmeal, some smoked dry meat, probably venison, lending itself to a distantly salty finish. More coffee asserts itself after the fact. Very engaging and subtley unique amongst its peers of equal, classic simplicity.
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark with a nice head. I found it quite dry with hints of dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Iíll enjoy the rest of my 6 pack but Iím not sure itís worthy of the high praise itís received here. Iím sure itís better on tap.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Ruby with a tan head, dark fruits and roasted grains in the aroma, thin bodied with mellow carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of bditty187.
Pours a dark black with a faint touches of ruby highlights around the edges. This has a frothy one finger head that settles slowly to a thin cap and ring that leaves some substantial lace behind.
Smell; thereís bits of chocolate and coffee, and roasted malts. Overall Iíd say the aroma is fairly subdued for a stout.
Taste; roasted malts dominate upfront with some nice touches of chocolate and coffee. Thereís a bit of a sweet fruitiness that developes as the beer warms I canít quite place. At first I was a bit disappointed with the flavor of this beer, but the seond half of the glass made a much better impression once this warmed up a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation. For a stout this is pretty darn drinkable.
jason (1749) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to the awesome Kenb. Mmmmm...creamy rich stout. This poured a black body with a hugh head. Sweet roasted malts and small amount of chocolate in the aroma. Sweet flavor of hops and chocolate. Full bodied. Smooth. Good stout.