TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Black but penetrable by light. Gentle pour raises a lasting, chunky gray-tan mound of foam. Bottle conditioned. Pleasant aroma of black licorice, plums, and roasted barley. Buried notes of nougat. Feisty carbonation settles into a blanket of cream. Satiny body. Airy and sharply roasty initially, but fluffy nougat and a moist bed of roasted grains provide sweetness and structure. Relaxed fruity esters generate just enough vinous acidity to gently pucker the cheeks and spawn an onset of burnt malts. Char continues in its briskness as the high level of attenuation tickles the palate, stopping just shy of overwhelming the nuanced malt. Despite the abundance of dry char, it finishes chewy with nougat, salty licorice, and smoky whispers of roast. Disappointing but typical that their slowest seller happens to be their most flavorsome offering. A very solid stout.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by 3/17/06. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a dark blackish ruby body with a brown head. The aroma is what Iíve been looking for in a stout. Deep chocolate, nicely roasty dry charcoal, chocolate chips, oatmeal, condensed milk. The flavor is dry roasty charcoal and chocolate with light coffee. Some milky characteristics. Dry roasty palate, lightly tart. Medium-full bodied. A very nice stout.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black color w/ a nice tan head & a decent lacing. Heavily roasted aroma good sweet chocolate notes hints of coffee a touch of alcohol even a light smokiness. Palate is rich full and lightly creamy. Flavor is well roasted slightly burnt malts a quite dry a bit of bitter coccoa powder in the finish as it finishes a bit dry hints of grassy hops. Some light dark fruits and a hint of grahm cracker as well. Very good stout.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with kenb. Aroma: Nice roasted malt with touches of anise and coffee. Also getting a chocolate/caramel mix which smells wonderful. Slight alcohol detected, as well. Appearance. Black with no visible highlights. Tan head was full and frothy and lingered for a long time. Good lacing. Flavor: Rich, roasty flavor with some of the same traits as the aroma (coffee, chocolate, anise). Also getting some smoke. Hops come through strong, but donít steal the stage from the malt. A bit of grassiness in the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied with a slight creaminess. High carbonation was a little prickly at times. Nice dry finish. Overall: A good, solid stout with some great roastiness. Hops accentuated rather than overpowered. Nice balance. Iím glad Ken sent me two of these.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Onn Nitro... Nice buubbly nitro head that slowly joins the black goodness below. Very gentle smell that does not beat you over the head with over strong scents, but ones that entice you to find what lurks witthin the glass before you. The nitro gives a smoothness that unveeils the flavors before you with chocolate, burnt caramel and a softly balanced bitterness in itís aftertaste.
Having this on Nitro is a real treat for any stout lover. It takes an amazing stout and just brings it up to that...holy jeez I canít even believe how good this is level. Great in the bottle...un-believable on Nitro.
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle.
Obsidian is a fitting name. Black color with a tan, foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted barley & dark chocolate.
Burnt malts and rich dark chocolate are abundant in the taste. Molasses flavors coat the tongue and thereís also a lingering coffee finish.
Velvety smooth texture and goes down ridiculously easy for a stout.
I can see why this is near the top of itís class.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ken (kenb) Thanks! This is what a stout should taste like. Pours out a dark black color without much of a head (Iím seeing a pattern here..?). Smell is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and sweet. Taste is similar, with a nice linger hop profile to compliment the rich malty chocolate flavors. An absolutely very good stout, nothing bad to say about this one.
tobizag (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very dark, thick pour, long lasting medium head. very smoky flavor, with subtle coffee and sweetness. drinking one of these is nearly a meal. fantastic stout.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 12 oz bottle from Roths Grocery. Roasted coffee, toffee, licorice aroma. Very nice. Full roasty flavor, chocolatey but subdued chocolate. Great balance between malts and hops. Very nice lingering hoppy aftertaste. This is a great American Stout and a very good price!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from OhioDad via a recent trade. pour is a near black with a creamy tan head. head is still a 1/4 of an inch thick after 10 minutes! aroma is of roasted malts, flavor is heavily coffee and roasted malts. slightly oily without a lot of carbonation. nice stout! thanks Scott.