bigcat03 (207) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Wilburs poured into english pint @ 44 degrees - Pours black with a slight red tint with a brown fizzy head that barely exists; Chocolate (duh), malt, and caramel to the nose; Roasted barley, coffee, and some light chocolate on the initial taste; A papery aftertaste with bread and light hops; Watery medium body; Good carbonation; Not quite what I would expect from a chocolate stout. Definitely would like more chocolate to compliment the coffee and roast notes in the taste.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with some reddish/brown highlights peeking through. There’s a two finger head that quickly fades to a thin cap, leaving behind some tattered lace.
Smell; chocolate is definitely the dominant aroma as you would expect, but there’s also some nice coffee notes as well as some roasted malts.
Taste; in the flavor the coffee and roasted malts stand out much more than I was expecting, with the chocolate being more a complimentary flavor than a dominant one. I don’t mind this as I usually prefer a more roasted flavor in my stouts. There’s also a bit of a hop bitterness going on. Mouthfeel is very much on the thin side, but the drinkability is very good.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2012 Similar thoughts. Still tastes thick, but I enjoyed the flavor a bit more throughout and it smelled fine this time.
Original rating 3.1
Doesn’t smell too good. Tatste is thick more than anything else. Chocolate and a little coffee. Could use more hops mostly. Okay but not wonderful.
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad little stout. I poured this one into an etched crystal glass. We were stranded in my sisters apartment south of Denver during the blizzard, and the dark, blackened ruby body and tan head made a nice contrast to the infinite whiteness outside the windows. It’s got a nice roasty and cocoa nose, satisfyingly rich, but definitely not heavy. Tasty little beer perfect for a cold night.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from my secret santa! - thanks! - Pours dark brown with a short tan head that fades quickly to a film and laces a little on the glass. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and some dark bakers chocolate. Flavor starts out quite sweet with nice milk chocolate flavor then turns to more roasted coffee notes and slight bitterness at the finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Not bad. Pretty drinkable.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brown color with thin tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. Taste is slightly bitter with semi-sweet chocolate, roast malted and coffee with a slight hop taste that adds a bit of balance. The finish lacks any sort of complexity but all and all this is a solid stout.
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a three finger brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts almost as a sweet chocolate that becomes more roasted, slight bitter aftertaste. Nice stout. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John’s Grocery Iowa City, IA.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle at the HyVee Oktoberfest beer tasting in Council Bluffs. Dark rich brown color. Complex nose: coffee, chocolate, cedar, and varnish. Good mouth feel with a dry peaty finish. An interesting mix of flavors. 3.3
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation black colored body and a poor lacing. The weak aroma was malty and chocolate. The smooth mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The thin flavor contained notes of dark malt chocolate and burnt malt. An OK unimpressive brew.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Nice dark body, with a brown head. Had a good chocolate taste to it, more than most chocolates, and went down easy. Had at the Old Chicago restaurant at Barry’s wedding.