SSSteve (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 black with a medium sized creamy brown/orange head. very carbonated mouthfeel. aroma is actually kind of grainy with not too much roastyness. slightly metallic. flavor and aroma are weak. smooth but not really dark or roasty tasting. easy drinking but not flavorful. dry finish. not really good.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black with a slight cherry hue. Small tan head. Light caramel aroma. Sweet creamy caramel flavor with some light fruit notes.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Very dark body, miniature tan head. Milky coffee scent. Very light palate, caramel sour milk flavour with some funk.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What a wonderful looking pour. Volumes of tan to brown sea foam as a head. Just noticed that there maybe a recipe change as it is now listed as 3.8% verses all my other sources (including RB) indicating 3.4%. I proceed. A very thick dark brown verses black in color. Has a sweet grain to near wort-like aroma. Hints of herbal hops. Smooth on the palate, that nearly makes it boring. Sweet malt flavors with just a hint of the lactose in the linger. Very drinkable and on the verge of - again being boring.
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at Union Beer Trade Tasting, NYC. Woo hoo, a new country! Deep ruby-brown with a small, dark tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is odd - slightly herbal and candyish with some sour tinges. Flavour of a creamy chocolate malted, with some mild roasted/nutty notes in the finish. Pretty decent stuff.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (GBBF 2006): Liquorice with very sweet lollies. Very sugary with a milky feel. Black with a short tan head. I really donít like lacto stouts.
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. GBBF. A black coloured beer with a slightly frothy coffee head. The aroma is like red candy licquorice: very sweet and attempting to be grown up. The taste is very sweet and lactic. More red licquorice. Although the beer is a bit dumbed down and over sweet, it is quite satisfying and nice enough to drink
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at GBBF 2006. Black with thin dark beige head. Odd aroma with some sourness, some milkyness, some sweetness, odd dark malts. Some choc. Odd, but quite nice.
leaparsons (7517) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aromas are sweet coffee with lactose. Also has mollasses and cream. Has earthy sweet roast root vegetable notes. Flavours are sweet and sugary roast malts with chocolate and powdered milk. Has some berry fruit with sweet, sticky mollasses. Quite dry on the finish. Extremely tasty for its strength.
Sten (576) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A black coloured beer with a pale brown head. A sweet roasted aroma. A sweet taste with a very small sence of bitterness. How can a beer with such a bad aroma taste so good. (Bottle 28.5cl 3.8 alcohol% in my version and a half year past its expiry date)