aracauna (2935) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black body with a light khaki head. The aroma and flavor is crackers, a hint of smoke, and something I mistook for alcoholic heat before I found out it was only 5.5%.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Noogfest2) Black body with tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, light roast. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, light roast. Smooth medium body with light effevescence.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark with tan fluffy head. Nose was roasted caramel with some sweetness. Taste was sweet, with some roasted creaminess. Bit bitter on the after taste.oce light bodied stout. Thanks to DarkElf.
blankboy (5631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of hopdog. Pours a deep dark black with a large foamy lasting mocha head. Wonderful roasty and nutty aroma with some coffee, oatmeal and dark chocolate along for the ride. Flavour, oh yeah, thatís different and quite tasty: I agree with HogTownHarry, thereís a milky aspect to the flavour but in a good way along with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some hops for good measure. Creamy mouthfeel and goes down smooth but could be a little more full bodied. This was a brewery I never heard of and an íextraí from my trade with hopdog so I didnít know what to expect but I must say, I am pleasantly surprised as this is a damn fine beer. Thanks hopdog!
HogTownHarry (5918) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle, via trade with HopDog. Poured thick black, opaque, with a large light brown feathery head, nice lacing, beautiful "guiness" liveliness to the pour - top marks. Rich, nutty, oily overroast malty aroma, strong coffee and a cereal toastiness that I guess is the oatmeal ... there are even hops in here too! The flavour has a nice mild acidity and slightly curdled milk character added to it (thatís a plus, believe it or not), with some chocolate cherry and herbal hops in there too - the body is a tad watery, but itís creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated and has a rich, satisfying creamy balanced finish that I appreciated. I imagine this would be kick-ass on cask when fresh - excellent sweet stout. Thanks for the share, P! (and I think this now puts me in the "Stouties* list for the first time - yay!!
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark black with an averaged sized dark tan head. Nice looking. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and light oatmeal. Tastes of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, and light coffee. Tastes were a little on the thin side (I guess I expected more after the aroma). Creamy and somewhat lively body.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purs very dark with an off-white head. Something in the aroma is a turn-off - kind of a band-aid/vomit smell. Flavor is interesting - some ashtray, bitter chocolate and slight hoppiness. Not as velvety as some oatmeal stouts. Finishes rather astringent with lingering char. Not bad, but a few deductions. Thanks to Dark Elf fr the sample.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Very nice stout. Poured dark brown with long lasting tan head. Chocolate and coffee. Smooth. Good nose. Good to the last drop.
thelandstander (46) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 On tap at the El Toro Brewery in Morgan Hill Calfornia. Dark brown/black with good sized tan head that stuck around forever. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, and tobacco jumped out. Tasted of coffee and bitter chocolate. Low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. A classic.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, from Brennanís in Brookfield, WI. Midnight black, absolutely opaque, slightly oily/tarry, with small but lasting dark tan head...aroma is mostly dark chocolate, hints of anise and tobacco...on the tongue, rich deep bitter chocolate is the predominant characteristic, hints of bittersweet coffee and malted milk, slightly vinous nature, moderately full body...a quality stout, somewhat lacking in original character, but solid drinking.