Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 Murky very dark brown. Very coffeeish aroma, like cold-ass Tim Horton’s. Blech. You go into a good coffee bean shop, something like Casa Acoreana in Kensington Market. You smell the beans, it’s wonderful. Nothing at all like this beer. Massive coffee flavour, very green and vegetal. Hint of chocolate. Big and thick, but simple. The coffee bludgeons everything with its vegetal harshness. Probably the most overrated beer I’ve ever had.
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark black, tending toward purple. Thin tan head. Massive aroma of coffee overlies an almost spicy oatmealy character. Oily texture apparent in the glass. Going down is like drinking silk with a complex coffee, chocolate, cocoa, with the faintest touch of soy on the finish. Hard to describe the complexity in words. Nice roasted finish is almost charcoal flavoured in intensity. An absolutely fantastic brew.
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a rich black color w/ a thick brown cream of wheat looking head that laces very well. Smells good... aroma is a big roasted malt w/ some light hop and a nice roasted coffee a little bit of bittersweet chocolate and maybe even some marshmellow. palate is a big heavy body very creamy thick and num. The flavor is of a nice roasted malt and lots of it and a good roasted coffee finish and even a touch of bitterness the aftertaste is a little like burnt toast. Overall a damn good brew.
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 it’s 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 (1512) - 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 (2632) - 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, it’s no wonder it’s rated so highly (4.23 average at time of my rating). Thanks to whoever shared this wonder!
aracauna (2994) - 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 I’ve 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 there’s a bit of charcoal in there as well. It’s 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 (7003) - 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!