erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an inky black with a nicely beaded tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, and lactic acid. Silky med. body. Some mildly sour flavors with lots of vanilla, cinnamon, and burnt grain complexity. Very nice.
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with creamy tan head. Roast and coffee aromas, plus vanilla. Toffee and coffee flavors. Thick Palate.
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep black. Slight off-brown/tan head glues to sides of glass for duration. Delicious.
drpimento (2268) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a nice foamy, creamy tan head that fades to a constant light resilient head with lace. Very dark brown/black and opaque. The aroma is interesting: at first I notice something sweet and not right, but that gives way to lucsious thick caramelly, toffeeish, chocolatey, fecundity with hints of roasty bitterness. The flavor is the same way. Great body! I don’t really pick up any oakiness, but there is a lingering natural vanilla on my lips and tongue-tip. Yum! Got this in a beer of the month club and wish we cold get it locally. You hear me Kenny Allen???
Braudog (5838) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 On draft at Green Leafe, Williamsburg. Subsequent bottle tasting. Light bodied with minimal head. Bit of a java nose, but surprisingly smoky. Draft tasted EXACTLY like chocolate milk. Bottle was a bit smokier and less lactose. Quality stout.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black (surprise) with a small tan head. Aroma is light, some woody notes as well as roasted chocolate and coffee. The flavor is really quite thin, some roasted barley and coffee in there, but it tastes overall a bit weak. It’s tasty, but not nearly as filling as I would have expected.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 Re-rate on bottle sent by OhioDad. Appearance and body are same as described below. Aroma of roasty chocolate, vanila, molasses, faint oak notes and hints of spice. Delicious smooth roasty malt flavor, bakers chocolate, and coffee, vanilla and oak are subtle and sweet, ends with a pleasant light floral hop finish. Ended up about .3 higher this time!
Bottle - thanks to slob (I think) for the trade. Pours ebony and opaque with a small tan head that diminishes rapidly to a ring of bubbles. Aroma is mellow, roasty-sweet, with hints of milk and vanilla. Flavor is smooth, roasty and astringent, with espresso, bitter chocolate and a lingering charcoal finish. Mouthfeel is silky initially, becoming creamy as it sits on the palate. Quite a treat.
IndianaRed (2527) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours an extremely dark black with brown highlights and a very slight brown head. Aroma is very much chocolate and a slight sweet brown sugar. Taste was mostly smokey biter sweet chocolate. But it had a thin slightly sour flavor like a porter. Over all a wet cardboard flavor. Feel was smooth and soft, light on the carbonation and no bitter aftertaste.
Not bad but seems a bit over rated.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep-redish black with a nice layer of carmel head. Nice clean roast aromas, with toffee and mild vanilla. tastes of toasty-soft malts and smooth coffee. Gentle roast astringency in the palate, that ends pleasantly dry, clean finish. A very well balanced and interesting stout.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ hilltop in VA Beach: Pours black. Aroma is a ton of vanilla, sweetness, and a very mild wood. Flavor is the same. This was ok for the first couple of sips but the vanilla got very tiresome (and I love vanilla).