Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice black color,small but foamy tan head that hung around for a decent time leaving a nice lace behind.Roasty aroma with a nice coffee tone to it,and a light hint of smoke as well.Very nice malt and roasty flavor with a decent amount of coffee notes and a faint hint of smoke coming on as well.Some faint hints of fruit show up but there a little hard to tell exactly what kind.The after taste is roasty and coffee with a nice smooth finish.This was much better then i was expecting it to be.Flavorful and and nicely done with a fairly decent balance of flavors.Well worth having a few more for later.
BBB63 (6390) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque with creamy tan head which diminished to a small ring but does produce excellent lace. The aroma is chocolate cream pie, espresso, smoky malts, cherries and apple, light piney hops and zesty yeast esters. Creamy mocha taste upfront followed by a bitter and grapefruit hop presence. Undertone of sweeter fruits and some smoke upon the finish which does display a more bittersweet character than the initial taste uncovered. Medium-bodied with a slight creamy and lush mouthfeel, a touch dry upon the finish, woody and smoky. A darn nice stout which provides many different taste level upon warming up. Thanks loweredsixth for the bottle.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with hints of ruby and chestnut at the edges. . . Large dark brown root-beer float head, slowly diminishing and deeply aromatic: roasted chocolate malt, bitter cherries, and smooth coffee. A strong maltiness shares the flavour stage with milk chocolate, nuts, plums and cherries; while backstage a bitterness is about to come on and puts on a great show in the end.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enojoyable imp. stout. Dark , bu tnot opaque. Very dark head and good carbonation. Chocolately and roasty with a heavy caramel backbone. Tasty use of hops in moderation leaving a very chewy stout. Thanks Santa.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nitro at brewery: Very black with a typical nitro head. Mind-blowing aroma in this beer! Before taking my first sip, I just sat there smelling it for many minutes. Very roasted, burnt, bitter, coffeeish and chocolatey. Sweet malt base provided a nice platform. Chewy texture gave the beer purpose. Great beer ... and probably the best nitro I've ever had (it didn't seem to dumb the beer down or rob any of its aromas).
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep dark with espresso head. Aroma of fresh roast. Nice sweet flavor with all the malt in the world and just a touch of hops to say thanks from Bend, OR. Good solid stuff.
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
oh my god last time i had his i bought a 6 pack and slammed all of'em and damn near fainted this is some serous quality brew great hop taste and a slight hint of roasted malt..killer suff A+
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark and dense, super thin head, aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts, flavor is rich with hints of roasted malts, nuts and mocha, finish has a little bit of a hop bite, but the body is a little thin. If I were a rapper i might say something like: "i'd rather have this stout than have the gout... werd"
Reid (2046) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought in the 12oz brown bottle..nice simple label .
Appearance what can i say but its BLACK pitch black no light permeates this beer very small head even when poured roughly..soon fades to a ring around the glass.
Nice stout smell but there is something different here..among the usual toasted oats i smell a double clotted cream aroma.. strange but welcoming.
The tatse of this beer is pure pleasure..creamy yet rough..slight yet massive..so much taste sensation..massive variety. black coffee and fudge clash..nice hoip bitterness to end..i even taste cream cheese..man so complex.
Feels magic on the tongue leaves the back of my mouth tingling with anticipation.
Good drinkability if its cold outside a massive brew..very good stuff.
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Bottle (BB Jan/09).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee), with notes of bile and chalk.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Both this and the Black Butte I just sampled are three months before their BB date, yet both have off-notes of sour stomach acid reflux, somewhat vegetal. Weird and unpleasant.