notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely opaque with a thin ring of dark tan lace - rich aroma of freshly ground coffee (kona or harrar, I’d wager), dark chocolate - full-bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel - just a hint of lactic sweetness - lots of dark chocolate qualities, with touches of smoke and dark fruit, followed by espresso, leading to a moderately dry finish - reminds me of Bells Java Stout, which is a good thing.
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a stick-to-your ribs stout. Pours opaque black and thick. Smells of chocolate and malts. Tastes like mocha java leaning more heavily toward the mocha than the java. Goes down smoothly with a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. For me, it’s just not for breakfast anymore.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours oil black with a brown head that left quickly. No lacing. Aromas of molasses, coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel was oily and somewhat hot. A bit unpleasant like cough syrup. Coffee and toasted caramel flavors dominate. Not bad, but not the greatest either.
Zeswaft (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Rerate. First time was on tap and awesome. This time it was out of the bottle. It seems totally dominated by coffee but cheap coffee. Actually tastes like a glass of cold coffee. Alcohol isn’t noticable and the texture isn’t as thick as i remember. Still quite good.
wow, this stout has it all. Really thick and sticky. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes. Smokey flavor but not like cigarette smoke which can be common in stouts. Well balanced and sophisticated. On some sips i could detect some alcohol.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
When this was initially poured out in the glass, I thought I was in for a special treat as I saw a beautiful black stout with a brown head and small delicate bubbles, but my enthusiasm ends there. Smells like day old coffee rinds smell if they have had a full day in the trash can. Tastes like Sanka with some minor chocolate and nutty notes. I’m not seeing what people find so great about this one.
Sregnar35 (971) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 12oz bottle from Ohiodad, Thanks Scott!This is a nice, smooth stout. It was a little bit too roasted and not enough chocolate to be perfect, but still good.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black lacquer body, I sense brown upon it but only see black. A chocolate milk brown top about an inch high sits on top with a lovely creamy rich denseness. Crown slowly percolates down to a whispy bubbled skim and the lacing is quite sticky and layered in sporatic thick webby curtains.
Oh my this is lovely! Wow, what a great aromatic display on this of bold, rich mocha java, sweet oats, chocolate, fudge, and loads of robust roastyness. Incredible little dollps of tangy prune and burnt molasses keep an almost sour undertone to it. Unfortunately it tends to mellow out and becomes less potent as it sits but still is a wonderment to let flood into the nasal aura.
The taste is the perfect carbon copy of the smell but set with much more adorned tones and length. Its heavy, rich, blanketing, and bakes long lasting flavors of big chocolate shavings covered on top of thick, fluffy Swedish french toast glazed with whipped buttered cream and molasses syrup. Sides with dark oatmeal cookie sweetness and is then followed with hardy coffee bean bitterness and milky dark chocolate bitterness, making this one hell’uva meal of a brew. Need I say more? De-fuckin’-licious!
Well rounded roast and bitterness creates a delicately silken full body. Unlimited amounts of roastified textures and darkly bittered chocolate/coffee delivers itself for eons across the playing field of the palate. Great oaty sweetness and mild sour pruneyness transcends underneath with an aloofingly amazing accuracy creating just enough balance to keep that roasty/bitter/burnt stuff from completely dominating. Satisfingly drinkable by leaps and bounds. Move over Bell’s Java Stout...Breakfast is the first meal of the day.
...Actually, give me a couple bottles of this stuff any time of the day and I’ll be a happy man. Very happy!
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasent coffee aroma and nice head and lacing. Has a deep coffee and chocolate flavor. Very smooth on the palate and full bodied.
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee, WI. - 12 oz bottle. Pours like a can of motor oil - thick, rich and black with just a thin, ,but long lasting off white head. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee and a touch of port. Flavor has good roasted bitter coffee notes with some bittersweet chocolate. Faint traces of licorice as well. Mouthfeel is creamy, coats your tongue and mouth. Excellent stout - worth saving for breakfast!
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle consumed at 8:30 AM with some eggs on vacation in the smokies. Pours deep dark brown with a brown creamy head. Aroma is coffee and milk chocolate. Flavors include coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and cookie dough. Palate is amazingly smooth and mouth coating. A tremendous stout very worthy of its rank on this site!!