TomDecapolis (4334) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
06 State College Brew Expo. Cask. Pours a dark black with a dark tan foamy head. Flavor of chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malt and sweet caramel. Flavor matched the aroma well. Very smooth and balanced out.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask version at Barley’s 4th Annual Mini RAF (05/13/06): Pours matte black with a medium thick and rocky dark beige head. Thin, spotty lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Rich and creamy body with a good mix of bitter coffee and chocolate flavors. There is also a nice roasty presence throughout. The finish is smooth with a lightly bitter coffee aftertaste. Pretty well done.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from MRAF at Barley’s Smokehouse. Dark brown with a medium tan colored head. The aroma had both coffee and pine in there along with some bakers chocolate. The flavor was similar with coffee and bakers chocolate being the dominate flavors. A but thin over the tounge, roasty for the most part with a bitter/clean finish.
Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at MRAF in Columbus, OH. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate sweet roast coffee aroma. Medium to full body. Medium roasted bitter flavor with a sweet bitter finish of moderate duration. Good beer with a cigar break I took at the fest.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firkin a Barley’s MRAF - Pours black with a short mocha head that stays pretty well and laces some. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and light cofee. flavor is much the same. More coffee in the flavor than apparent in the aroma. Palate seemed somewhat chalky with a watery finish.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught pint at Moan and Dove on 2/19/06 with Muzzlehatch. Deep tan-mahogany with light auburn tresses, seemingly opaque with a fair amount of tan head, wispy and only retained at cover, with little to no lacing. Straight up coffee, molasses, light black malts and only a touch of hops in the nose. Mostly sticky caramel intertwined with light coffee dryness. The flavor shows a dry bit of bakers chocolate and scorched coffee, offsetting a reservedly creamy-sweet vanilla-caramel, with light bitter notes of molasses and just a smattering of leafy, floral hops. As it warms, a smooth chocolate malt flavor emerges, but the vanilla/butter cream flavor remains. Medium body at best, moderate carbonation, slightly watery texture, no alcohol apparent, no yeast apparent.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from ClarkVV’s pint at the Moan and Dove, February 19 2006, part of their "bootleg" series. We arrived at M&D mid-evening on Sunday and most of the west coast beers in this special not-available-in-Mass series were already done for, but I was actually more excited to see all these beers from breweries I’d only vaguely heard about. Would they taste as good as the sense of discovery they implied? Well....this one poured very dark walnut to jet with a small lasting ring of foam....the nose is enticing enough, gingerbread and molasses , a touch of smokiness in the dark malts....the body doesn’t retain much of the sweetness from the aroma at all, very very bitter with burnt malts, ashy-smoky cigar tobacco, just a hint of weak molasses that doesn’t quite keep the acrid character in check....warming a bit there is more sweetness and it becomes reasonably drinkable....fairly full body that is much better with time and warmth.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Had a sixtel of this and the big hop for a party last night. This one is great. Pours very black and has a great mocha head. Aroma has some serious coffee in it, and some chocolate as it warms. For a regular stout this beer had a ton of coffee flavor...but it was still totally drinkable...as a keg beer. Taste also has some nice carmel maltiness and some dark syrupy sweetness...and just enough bitter hops to make the beer seem clean. Body was an extra creamy medium. I’ll admit I was pretty drunk last night...but this beer seems to be able to play with the other nice stouts I’ve been drinking recently.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 On Tap, Bites and Brews, Pgh, PA
Poured extremely dark. Medium brown head. Taste of roasted coffee. Very bitter all the way through. Mild caramel hint in the aftertaste, still bitter though. Too watery for a stout.
On-Tap, Six Penn, Pgh, PA (2-16-06)
Poured jet black, motor oil lke. Big fluffy brown head. nice lacing on the glass, as the head stayed present around the edges all the way though. Aroma big on the chocolate notes. Flavor malty with lots of coffee and chocolate notes. Slightly bitter throughout, and more apparent as it warmed. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety. Nice medium body. I drank this as easy as water, before I knew it, it was gone and I had to order a second.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a really, really good stout! Dark, deep rich color. Nose of chocolate, carmel and roasted barley. Initial taste of carmel and coffee finishing with just enough hops to cut any sweetness.