beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its appearance is of used motor oil black - with nary a tone of brown to be towed in slack.
A thick medium sized foam sits atop, and man it just doesnít stop, compact and chocolate hued - wow, its a quite a sight to be viewed.
The lacing cakes itself in frosty sheeting - it stays ever present and never fleeting.
Aroma is roasty and burnt with a fairly strong coffee presense - yet underneath lies bitter dark chocolate which carries its own essence.
It stays strong with cold pressed coffee - when its the roast and bitter chocolate that take the trophy.
Taste is just as roasty with a flat pace of choc-O-lat - building up as it goes and plenty of that its definately got.
A gradual increase of molasses tang hides behind it - as its coffee presense tends to find it.
It finishes well rounded and extended - all the while maintaining whatís intended.
With bittered dark chocolate tones competing - the coffee creates roughly textured points of seating.
Quite complexing as it gets warm - man this stuff just ainít the norm.
Feel is bold and rich, quite smooth and succulant - that goes with its character, wondering now where it went.
Drys out late with chocolate earth - yet the coffee still gives lots of birth.
It really is quite a treat, but watch out - it may knock you off your feet.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, black body with tan lacing head. Butter popcorn, chocolate, coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee, chocolate. Smooth palate. Good if you can look past the butter aroma.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Fully jet-black with a brown-yellow head. Licorice, coffee, espresso, some toffee and coffee sweets. Bitter initial taste, rapidly overcome by a sweet coffee-and-milk flavour. Well bodied, slick, nearly cloying. Lots of restsugars, even in the aftertaste. Very sweet; the Dragon has a sweet tooth, is it?
horseapple70 (1) - USA - APR 19, 2006 does not count
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I was in Seattle last week and had the opportunity to try this beer. I found it to be very agressive with chocolate tones with a hoppy middle and a clean finish. This stout is not for the weak hearted!
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an almost impenetrable black with only slight reddish highlights comming through, topped with a thick brown head. Mocha,coffee, chocolate and hop aromas abound. The taste is chocolate, P.N.W. hops, coffee, quite sweet as well. Beautiful lacing. A tasty impy stout
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a small dark brown head. Aroma was huge coffee with some notes of milk chocolate. Flavors were coffee, milk chocolate, and some roast. All the flavors were a bit too light, but still very good. Creamy mouthfeel.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong rich aroma, that is reminscent of coffee cake. Lots of chocolate, sweet melted cream and butter, with rich toffee and caramel. Tasty if you are looking for a sweeter stout, that has some depth.
TomDecapolis (4336) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to fatty. Pours a dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma was buttered toffee, chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, coffee and some more of the butter.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle shared courtesy of fatty (thanks!). Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas dominated by butter. I eventually got some chocolate, roast and coffee in there. Thank goodness the butteriness wasnít really present in the tastes with flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and light caramel. Lacing left on the glass.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from winter SS. Looks nice. Black as the middle of the night with a nice light brown head. Sweet aroma with a slight bitterness at the backend. Aroma of bakerís chocolate and some roasted (and a bit sour) coffee. The hops and the chocolate roasted malts donít play too nice in the mouth. It makes a kind of bitterness, but not a good one. Aside from that, thereís a bit of molasses and a slight hoppiness. Creamy and full in the mouth. I struggled with the palate on this one. Bitter, dry and creamy all at once? Hmmm. Decent, I guess, but not one Iíd seek.