DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black without head.
Coffee aroma with notes of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, malt and cookies.
Vanilla flavor with notes of coffee, chocolate and smoke. Thin, and where is the stout? You can either hide a bad beer or spice up a good one with barrel aging.
This being the former.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a solid tan head. Pretty good retention. Aroma had vanilla, coffee bean, chocolate, caramel and courant. The vanilla was quite effective in the taste. This was really good but didn’t wow me.
PorterPounder (7121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Summit Wayside Tavern in Atlanta, Ga. Dark, ruby red pour, mocha colored head, good thick lacing. Not much of an aroma, what is there is reminiscent of fresh water from a lake. Flavor is somewhat winey, yet sweet. Pick up hints of coffee, chocolate with some underlying candied sugar. Mouthfeel just a tad thinner than expected.
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 2008-09-06, draught at Old Dominion Brewhouse, Washington, 6-3-6-2-12=29
Black color, creamy head. Aroma and flavor of coffee, mild therefore pleasant, medium bodied, and no traces of barrel.
2005-09-25, bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 7-3-6-3-12=31
Dark brown color; thin head. Woody caramel aroma, vanilla. Malty taste, roasted malt, thin mouthfeel, simple final.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of liquor, some roast and sweetness. Jet black body, with a small tan head. Sweet flavor, notes of cocoa and coffee.
madsberg (11308) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Dark brown coloured. Brown dense head. Chocolate, light roast and coffee in the nose. Some malt notes. Flavour is light hoppy, herbal, buttery and has malt notes. Notes of coffee as well. Ends on a sweet caramelly note.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Sharp Edge, Pittsburgh (East Liberty), PA
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Some vanilla and a touch of coffee for good measure. These attributes describe both the flavor and the aroma of this scintillating beer. Nitro draft only added to its improbable smoothness. I hope the bottled version comes close to being this good; that way you could serve this to dinner guests in place of chocolate cake for dessert.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with small dark tan head. Large vanilla and butter aroma, tinges of sweet chocolate. Cocoa butter, vanilla, and tinges of wooden phenol in the flavor. Very little roastiness. Residual malty sweetness and vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and rather smooth.
MattShizzle (595) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is good. Very smooth and just a hint of oak/vanilla flavor. Could use a bit more roastiness and carbonation.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Chocolaty-toasty malt aroma with a pinch of vanilla sweetness and some bitter coffee. A lot of sweet chocolate flavors throughout, reminding me of a Yoohoo. Nip of sourness. Subtle whiskey. Deep and woody. Chalky bitterness. Pretty good beer, but not overly complex.