JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the stout tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/13/08. Pours pitch black with a minimal head. Aroma is coffee, coffee, coffee and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is pretty much the same. Pretty good hop balance and an outstanding all around brew.
tmohr (37) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - pours pitch black with a brown head. Coffee and chocolate in aroma. Coffee flavor at beginning, with bittersweet chocolate. Damn tasty.
jcwattsrugger (11436) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle-pours a thin dissipating brown head and black color. Aroma is coffee, roasty, some sharpness. Taste is ash/coffee/roasty-dark malt, some sharpness/acidic. Not my taste. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Dark and creamy with a medium tan head. Excellent, rich flavor, some coffee comes through. Top notch.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with a minimal brown head. Rich chocolate and roasted coffee are predominate on the nose. Nice roasted flavor at the beginning. Transitions into coffee and finishes pure bittersweet chocolate. The finish goes on and on like a wonderful gift from the beer gods. Beautiful beer.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As Carl on the ATHF would say, ’’This is a Classic!!’’ Anyway. This is one of my favorites; if it’s on tap, I’m drinkin’ it until it’s gone. Pours a dark, dark black with about a centimeter of intimidating creamy tan head. Flavor is a complexity of dark chocolate, french press coffee, Kona coffee, and vanilla with the dryness of oatmeal. Velvety and full mouthfeel. Kudos if you can drink more than two and still function!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks cpferris for the trade. Thick viscosity, pure opaque black with a thin, fine, dark tan head. Nice roasted grain characteristics that aren’t over the top with coffee, soft spicy hops, and a slight lactic quality. The aroma suggests some malty sweetness but comes across dry overall. Not too much coffee or chocolate in the flavor--this is a good thing as it lets the elemental flavors of the roasted grain take center stage. The coffee and chocolate are supporting roles here, along with a finely balanced hop character. There is some acohol sweetness here that contributes a good bit to the flavor as well. The body is smooth with a nice oatmeal-influenced mouthfeel. I don’t know if there’s lactose in this beer or not--it certainly would fit in with the ’breakfast’ theme--and I’m a little disappointed that that characteristic is absent here. The alcohol flows through into a long, warm finish. This is a beer of great power and great finesse. It posesses enormous flavor and strength but is thoroughly drinkable as well.
jampics (2) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious treat - pours dark black and smells like coffee and chocolate. Flavor takes it deep into coffee backed with some bitter roast at the end. A great beer!
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a well balanced stout. Pours black and aroma of coffee fills the air. Aroma is coffee with some roasted notes and chocolate. Flavor is nicely burnt malts with a coffee undertone that is not overdone. very nice.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious. Looks great, smells great tastes great. Beautiful balance, not too sweet. Could drink this every day.