jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/molasses, roasty. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/molasses, roasty, some coffee. Less hops and slightly fuller body than the porter[as the styles usually indicate]. Still nice even though not my style.
robertjm (807) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a VERY foamy dark tan head. Lots of bubbles. Dark brown color in body, nearly black with zero light passing through it. Lots of carbonation. Aroma of malts and grains. Perhaps even a little bready? Tastes great (and I doubt its less filling!!). Lots of roasted malts in the flavor, but not bitter or grainy to the taste. . Bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste, but not overwhelmingly bitter. Too bad this beer isnít available here in California.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Draft at Elysian Fields in Seattle. I had this beer and the porter, and this was definitely the better of the two. Flavours included chocolate and caramel, and there was a pleasant bitterness. I could drink this all night long!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Date: 11/04/2006
Source: Tasting, Bend Brewing
dark brown with ruby edges, thin fine brown head, drops of lace,
rich roasted malt aroma with sweet chocolate,
rich chocolate flavor with sweet caramel, nice roasted character, milky sweetness
sweet dark chocolate aroma,
rich chocolate flavor, lots of bitter dark chocolate character,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque and dark black with a medium-sized, dark tan head that subsides somewhat to a thin, tan layer of tight bubbles that lace the glass only somewhat. The aroma is lovely: a huge combo of thick, vinous malts, dark fruit, hints of rich, dark chocolate, and a touch of fruity, citrusy hops. The flavor starts malty and sweet with a touch of chocolate-covered fruit and hops. The middle of the tongue picks up notes of rich espresso and dark chocolate along with pungent, green hops. The finish is full in body and extra-full in flavor: roasted grains, very bitter hops, raisins, prunes, molasses, vanilla, and chocolate. The mouthful is quite creamy and smooth. It is full in body with hints of oiliness combined with a touch of acidic, carbon dioxide bite (which builds to a peak around the middle of the tongue). Overall, this knocked me out - a great brew - quite a find.
jake65 (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Sort of a honey comb type lacing. Nose is mild of roasted malt and mocha. Tastes rich with roast and bittersweet and dark chocolate. Some additional bitters too. Silky smooth, this is a refreshingly easy to sip on and really released the flavors well as the glass warmed.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Elysian Fields in Seattle. Pours black with a creamy retentive beige head. Dry dark roasted malt and coffee aroma. Flavor of black patent malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate with some moderate hop bitterness and wood mid palate. Little sweetness in this beer. Finish is dry and slightly acidic. Enjoyable.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black with a lovely thick tan head with nice lacing. Sweet, molasses nose with light notes of chocolate & alcohol. Slightly tart body - raspberries & cream. Wonderfully roasty flavour, delightfully present hops, and a well-balanced flavour. Full and creamy body, decent subtle carb. What a surprise - many thanks to my friend Dave for the bottle!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black with a medium brownish head. Nice strong aroma of cocoa and chocolate at first. Acidic qualities of raspberries and coffee follow, with hints of licorice and vodka. Not many regular stouts can be smelled 8 inches or so from the glass, but this can. Very smooth flavors of dark chocolate, smokey wood, coffee, caramel, earth....Finishes butterscotchy and dirty, plenty of hop flavor, and the roast element is a nice team player. Aftertaste is the same, but any hop bitterness is mild. Itís there, but not meant to stick out. Wonderful creamy texture and the body is full, but it feels easy going enough at the same time. Though itís not terribly different from a lot of other stouts, itís very well done and totally satisfying.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is heavy coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is fairly smokey, with chocolate, light coffee, faint hops in the background. Very good stuff. Body is excellent.