ebarnes (239) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours very dark with a small head that doesn’t linger. Chocolate aroma and flavor with no bitterness or aftertaste. Very easy drinking.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely port, fruit, chocolate aroma. Pours a very nice reddish-brown, thin head. Earthy and complex palate. Goes down easy. Sweetish wine flavours. Slight sour finish with alcohol.
presario (4643) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Regular strong stout aroma. Even sounds good in the pour. Black with lasting thin islands of foam. Like drinking a cloud. Maybe the perfect stout flavour. Beautiful smooth. A touch of fruit. Additional coffee and sweet chocolate.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is your typical looking stout, pours black with a tan head.Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors.This brew has some body on it.You almost want to use a knife and fork on it.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really don’t know how this is in the top 50. Sure, it smells/tastes like coffee, but that doesn’t mean that it smells/tastes good. It tastes like I’m drinking Folgers coffee grounds...not beer. I’ve had very coffee-ish brews before that were good, but this is too heavy on the cheap coffee.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to a few tremendous Raters for sending me bottles of this beer! You all Rock!!!
Pours with a darkness of the earths deepest caverns. The head is a dark hue of khaki, think and enduring. The aroma is most obviously a huge espresso coffee likeness, but there is a vinous, tart lightly sour character to it as well; like the oily slug on the bottom of a Arabic or Turkish espresso shot. Loads of bakers chocolate, the bittering bite of chocolate covered coffee beans, highly kilned black patent barley, chocolate malts, maybe even some rye in the finish. Fairly fruity: dates, figs, raisins, some cabernet grapes… some molasses and vanilla bean ; but mostly a bold coffee and chocolate. The body is exceptional: creamy, sticky, chewy and burnt… great amount of carbonation for the style, tranquil effervescence placed but not motionless.
- I have greatly enjoyed this beer!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black Coloring with Tan Ring. Fairly Subtle Aroma. Hard to Get Much Other Than Coffee Roasts and Some Oats. Dry Chocolate, Dusty Malt, Oats and Coffee Roasts Come Immediately on the Tongue... a Clean Milky Mouthfeel Wraps it Up and a Roasts, Malty Aftertaste Concludes. Really a Very Nice Brew. The More You Drink, the More Enjoyable the Lactose is Complimenting with the Coffee Roasts and Malt Background. And The Oats Pop Up Here and There Making This an Incredibly Wonderful Breakfast Stout!
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a very thin brown head. The aroma is all coffee, with a bit of chocolate. The taste is awesome. Coffee, chocolate, a little cream, a bit of cinnamon. Not sure if you can eat it with a fork, but who wants to?
badgerben (4407) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Original Rating, December 7, 2005. Black color with no head. Lovely aroma of milk and coffee. The taste is spot on for breakfast: oats and barley with a milky finish and the ever present coffee. For me, everything just blended together in a magical brew. A great way to start your morning!
2008 Vintage, Tasted Fall of 2009. I had been hoping and kind of expecting this to age wonderfully. Black color with no head. Glorious aroma of milk, sugar, coffee, oats and a light earthy hop. See? Good call on aging it! Or... not. Light cardboardy malt and stale coffee taste. Thin bodied. Light roast. If I was going to score this one, it’d be 8/4/4/2/11, however I will leave this extra rating as a warning not to age this magnificent beer. Now excuse me while I go finish off this year’s stash.
pineypower (2516) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Didn’t have it for breakfast as I think it might be a bit intense for the first meal of the day, but afterall it is the most important meal. Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours out deep black with a gigantic tan head, head is almost too big for the beer( and yes it was in an English pint as it suggests, haha) . Very nice taste of coffee, chocolate and some sweetness due to the oatmeal. Also notes of roasted malts and some smoke? Very good beer, and I never thought I’d say this, but I think it has the biggest coffee flavor of any beer I’ve had.