Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head and great lacing. Smells of roses, pepper, spices and earthy hops. Tastes of sweet malt, chocolate and raisins.
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a light coffee aroma. Simple, straightforward malt flavor, only a little roasted taste and very light chocolate-coffee.
badgerben (4540) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color with a medium head. A pretty strong roasted malt aroma with a little nuttiness. Big, thick, roasted malt flavor. Nothing crazy, nothing subtle. Just a solidly bitter malt taste with a little chocolate on the end. Nice.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a jet black with a tiny tan head. Nice smokey nutty aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Medium carbonation with a nice toasty smokiness. Light chocolate flavor accented by a nice citrus hop touch that finishes unbelievably.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BuckeyeBoy for trading this one to me. Black with a average tan head. Big roasted nut, chocolate, and coffee aroma. Flavor is light smoke, huge roasted nutty, coffee, and chocolate. Has a mild dry finish.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Bottle. Thick and dark with a small brown head with lots of lacing. Has no sweetness, some nuts and lots of roast and chocolate. Has hints of smoke in it as well. Big thick mouthfeel that goes down really smooth. Itís hard to find anything I donít like about this beer. Loads of flavor. A quality stout if Iíve ever had one. Very satisfying.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and Tap - various locations in OR.
POurs black with a brown espresso like head, itís opaque and oily looking. Delicious, rich, smoky/toasty flavors. Chocolate flavors follow and round out a superbly smooth brew.
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 (1431) - 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)