StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Much thicker pour than expected. Khaki brown colored head fizzling down on the otherwise impenetrable black beer. I pick up the snifter and I swear itís never felt heavier. Aroma is roasted malts, burnt rye bread and strong roasted coffee. Some chocolate chips wafts jump out as well. Flavor is brown sugar oatmeal, bitter mocha java, cocoa puffs and burnt toast. Very heavy on the palate, finishing like you just took a lick from a stick of margarine. Strong coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Oh, if I could only brew this each morning before leaving home for work.
<h6>(Rerate update based on overall enjoyment level and love of this beer. The only change to the rating was by raising the numeric scorings.) </h6>
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and coffee. Flavor follows suit with a rich thick chocolate flavor and a sweetened coffee with a bit of roasty bitterness. Nice thick mouthfeel..
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a big dark brown head. Coffee aroma. Thick and creamy body. Flavor of roast and coffee with some bitterness at the finish.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
05.07.05 12oz bottle at Heavyweight open house. Again, I have no idea who to thank for this gem of a beer. Thick, black, coating, unctuous on the pour. Yum! Aromas and flavors are nearly identical in this rich brew. Burnt marshmallow, thick old coffee, thick young coffee, thick coffee with cream, thick coffee with cream and burnt marshmallow. Creamy throughout. Soft body. Glam. Bitter finish clears up the oily and coating palate. Rad beer, itís no wonder itís rated so highly (4.23 average at time of my rating). Thanks to whoever shared this wonder!
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh, yeah. I was jonesing for a good stout and this delivered. Definitely the darkest stout Iíve had in a while. The viscosity of the brew is evident from the first pour. It pours oily and seems to be flat until the bubbles gradually make it to the top and form a thin, consistent, brown head. The aroma is very roasty, with a bit of bitter black chocolate in with the coffee. The flavor is very reminiscent of coffee and thereís a bit of charcoal in there as well. Itís surprisingly dry considering the thickness. Loved it.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Big coffee aroma. Taste is black coffee with hints of chocolate trying to sneak through. Very bitter, almost too much. If the coffee was toned down a bit and the chocolate came out a little more this beer would be awesome. Still very enjoyable.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 12 oz bottle. This one poured a most certain black with light wisps and a ring of medium-brown head. Heavily-roasted aroma of rich milk and dark chocolates and an awesome fresh coffee presence. Both the roasted coffee and chocolate were ever-present on the tastebuds, and there was a bit of nutmeg around the edges. Mouthfeel was extra smooth and coating, and the alcohol was very well hidden. Finish was long and full of burnt chocolate and espresso malts, with an accompanying bitterness. Went down extra smoothly. Great brew!
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 My first reaction to this was a visceral stream of obscenities. Black body with a thin but lasting head the color of coal slag. Aroma is huge fresh espresso. Flavor is massive coffee, sticky sweet malt, roasted grains. Not a big fan of real chocolate in stout, but the coffee and bitterness are tough enough to make it work here. Makes me want to add a bit of vodka and cream and call it a white russian. Hey, thatís not a bad idea. Note: doesnít age particularly well.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is like someone dumped Hersheyís chocolate syrup into a cup of expresso, taste is rich chocolate mocha with a little bitterness in aftertaste. Agreed by my entire group, that it was the best beer we had the the Milwaukee Beer Baronís festival. It made all the other stouts taste thin. So far Founderís is my favorite newbrewery for 2005. Just wish I could find their Devil Dancer in Wisconsin
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just a spectacular stout...rich roasted vanilla/coffee/caramel/chocolate/espresso/oatmeal/ fruit....and on and on and on...The mouthfeel is a little thin surprisingly, yet that works for me...Iím not so overwhelmed and sated by one of these babies...Thank God, because Iíve got three more waiting to follow the way the first one went. I am beginning to really keep my eyes on this brewery...so many of their entries are worthwhile. (Ratebeer message me, guys, and Iíll let you know where to send my "Thank You")