StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium viscosity, jet black in color, with a dense, foamy, thin, tan head. Aroma is enticing: chocolatey bitterness, oak chips, cedar panels, smoke, vanilla and bourbon. Some wafts of brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is not as robust as aroma indicated. The oak is definitely drawn out and there are some bitter nodes, but the chocolate, roasted and coffee aspirations are fairly reserved. Slight sneak peak of a vanilla sweetness manifests on the tail end. Slightly thin bodied, with gentle hops and gentle malts. Finish is cocoa powder and coffee grinders.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 I came back from the beach and my wife was almost done drinking this very delightful beer up. The oak aroma was there and I detected vanilla and coffee flavors in this beer with a nice nutty finish. The only downside is its a bit too much on the light side to make it a top 50 beer in the JFURYCAT book of records. But it surely rocks. Next time I will hide my beers better.
Rerate 5-15-08: what a difference a few years make in the palatte department: texture is quite creamy but the flavor is nice but not stellar. The oak seems subbdued with vanilla and chocolate dominating but not overdoing it.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a deep yet penetrable black with a weak beige head. Aroma was great. Vanilla, wood and roasted malt with some subtle chocolate and coffee and maybe some estery fruitiness. Just a lot of complexity going in the nose. Flavor was of toffee and roasted malt with some upfront caramel sweetness. Following the malt came some bit vanilla and chocolate with some slight oakiness. However, the lower flavor score came from some sourness that didnít please me too much. Not the sour mash flavor but not the spoiled sour flavor. I canít quite place it but I would have prefered it not be there. Body was also on the thin side for a stout. Minus the slight sourness, this was a very interesting and tasty beer, I will defintely search some more out when it comes out again.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich roasted malt aroma, very malty. Thin head, clear dark brown. Nice milkshake-like taste, malty and chocolaty. Medium mouthfeel, dry chocolate finish. The milkshake thing is pretty cool.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve really enjoyed everything from Dominion. My Favorite APA, New River. Really excited to give this one a try. Lots of vanilla flavor with undertones of coffee and nut. Unique flavor for this category. Different from any Stout Iíve had. Very good brew.
rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A new arrival in Georgia, this six pack of 12 oz. brown bottles was bottled on June 9, 2005, and took only about 15 days to get on the shelves. The beer looked dark brown to black when poured, and had a fleeting half inch thick light brown colored head. The lacing left was thin but wide.
Putting the nose to the glass revealed an aroma of cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, and floral hops. The taste was sweet, roasty and, soft, with toffee like malts, mixing in with roast grains. The mouthfeel was creamy and tongue coating, but a bit thin for the style. Aftertaste had a little more hop bitterness apparent, than is the norm.
I found this beer to be a bit more one dimensional than I was anticipating. Pleasing American take on the Stout style, but could have used a bit more thickness of body.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
HBF 2005. Nitro. Pours a deep dark black with a nice tan head whcih fades. Aroma of vanilla, oak, roast, and chocolate. Flavor is a little muted due to the nitrogen but there is a noticeable roastedness and a touch of acrid bitterness. Good amount of smooth woody oak and vanilla in the end. Light to moderate bitterness in the end makes it very drinkable. Smooth.
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with a creamy dark beige head. A sweet roasted nose with little noticable hops. The taste is predominantly sweet and slightly roasty. Disappointingly thin-bodied.
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth and oak adds value to taste, however another stout with a variation among many good stouts available. Medium mouthfeel, worthy to drink on its own without food. Toast, coffee, well carbonated, toasty,and vanilla but is it real vanilla? Sweet cocoa aftertaste
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottled version smells of roasted malt, vanilla, and wood chips, lacking the draft versionís bourbon signature. It pours with Dominionís usual fine, light carbonation and short-lived head. The texture is rather light for a stout. The flavor is vanilla-heavy but otherwise good, with notably clean malt and hop flavors. Dry hops assert themselves in the palate, but do not quite offset the vanilla sweetness. More malt body, less vanilla, and more hops would bring this beer into balance. I much prefer the draft version for its Virginia Gentleman bourbon signature.