talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Pour is very dark brown with a fairly small, frothy, dark tan head which sticks around for a while and leaves minimal lacing. Nose is nice, nice dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee roast, and faint hop notes. Flavor is more prodominently roasty than chocolately, with a nice coffee flavor and maybe some anise. Hop bitterness is medium and balancing with a slightly wood-like character. Palate is a tad thin being medium bodied and a little watery with soft carbonation. Finish is definately dry and short, almost chaulky. Overall, not a bad stout; not as chocolatey as I would have thought, but still pleasant. It is interesting and unique, and at least worth a try for stout lovers.
NachlamSie (2610) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Opaque dar red pour with a pretty decent tan head. The aroma is a little tame on this providing scents of chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, and pine. Itís got some noticeable flavor notes of a forest with a foundation of chocolate, though itís certainly not too overbearing. Most of the sweetness comes in the taste of some kind of berry. It takes just a sip or two to get used to, but it gets better as I adjust. Itís not a conventional stout. I wish it were a bit more robust.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark opaque color with a nice head. Big aroma of malty chocolate coffee. Flavor is rich with a fair amount of roasted coffee and chocolate tones. Somewhat bitter, fairly smooth, a little watery. Some raspberry hints come out in the finish as it warms. Not at all bad.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
as dark as a wet turkey buzzard at first glance, but poke it around with a sharp light and itís edges confess to some intimate knowledge to various porter-like browns. i do like the ample brown-sugar colored head, and itís spangle of wild lace is reminiscent of sheet music scoring a blizzard of notes. it has a polished leathery smell of grandpaís dress shoes, straw, a tin of rusted nails, and the towel by the truck stop coffee machine that is soaking up old black java as it sizzles off the hot plate. more overheated coffee appears in the flavor, riding a sparkly carbonation, with itís dry powdered cocoa flavors being compromised by a note of tar paper and a walnut shell bitterness. the scant sweetness is so bound by the drying effect of the sharp bitterness that, atop a watery feel, itís as girdled as a python in a length of PVC pipe. tasty overall, in spite of all that, just not a melange that iím ga ga about.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dust-like cocoa powder, chalk with dry bitter finish. If you buy for a big chocolate note you may be disappointed.
jsquire (3297) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer with a foamy tan head. Dusty chocolate nose. Sweet chocolate flavor with an almost white sugar sweetness as it warmed up. Faint grassy finish. Tastey enough, but not very interesting.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ebony with brown hues. Thick and creamy beige head. Soft roasted barley aromatics are lightly dotted with smoky coffee and vanilla beans. Slightly metallic, also. Soft, fairly dense carbonation. Thinly bodied. Initially quite soft with delicate notes of roasted barley, but the sourness and timid malts leave the palate yearning for more depth and richness. Acidity tickles the palate and weakens the body, but does accentuate and lengthen the brash roast. Chalky dryness lessens the already sparse sweetness as a gentle hop bitterness underlines the smoother barley elements. Nutty malt whispers lend firmness to the flabby body, but the thinness remains. Finishes primarily roasty but devoid of char, and lightly shaded with malt derived phenols, coffee, and a chalky dryness. Not nearly malty enough for my liking. Body is a bit watery and the sourness is a drawback. Whereís the chocolate?
verge (32) - USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is very ejoyable. (Insert usless Adjectives) Everything is well balanced. Favorite part is aroma.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roast, coffee, and vanilla. Chocolate, although not overpowering, comes out stronger in the flavor whereas the aroma was heavy in roasted malts.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz, no date. Pours a black with a small, fizzy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, , smoke, a little unsweetened cocoa, light coffee. The taste was mainly roasty malts, a little nuts and smoke, and the other two were there somewhat. Bitter roasted malt aftertaste with some chalk. Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Iím not really wowed by this one.