joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ creamy brown foam. Intense, roasty aroma predominately of coffee but w/ notes of chocolate, licorice, & cola as well. Thick, creamy feel. Flavour is roasty & coffee-ish w/ an underlying sweetness & a moderate hop bitterness.
DrnkMcDermott (2822) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Bottled. Rating #600! And Iím rating this "live," which means Iím probably swayed by all the great numbers here. But thereís a wonderful oatmeal and coffee smell when I pour it out, into a pitch black body with a short, but dense foam thatís brown as the foam on an espresso. First taste impression is very coffee-bitter. Hell, I never take my coffee this bitter. Almost wonder if I should put in a little cream, or even some Kahlua. Nah, stick it out, Drink, olí boy. Chocolatey like those tiny squares of 75% cocoa chocolate at Starbucks. Alcohol may not be apparent, but I can sure tell itís there. Leaves my lips pretty sticky. Picking up a cherry cordial suggestion toward the end. Oh, and thereís plenty of good beery bitterness to go along. Itís kind of a little brother to a DFH WWStout. I could have followed the example of some other raters and had this over breakfast, but Iím much more eloquent this time of night and besides, I had a Smithwickís for breakfast at Midway airport last weekend that I still must (p)rate about.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle,thanks OhioDad. Well itís 1030am, so in true fashion itís breakfast. Aroma of chocolate,roast malts and coffee. Poured a thick black with a dense chocolate head. Taste was bitter chocolate and coffee. Good morning wake up with all the coffee. Palate was thick and chewy, I liked that very much. Overall a good choice, better yet better for breakfast.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours thickish opaque black. Huge chocolate aroma with some coffee, but a lost more chocolate. Chocolate and roasted malt and cofee flavors. Even decanted into a glass, it seemed a bit too carbonated. A touch of bitterness makes it really drinkable. I found 8.3% alcohol hidden decently.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 black, tan bubbles. aroma of chocolate, roast and lots and lots of coffee. flavour is tasty but itís just coffee and tons of it. a prickle of carbonation, a hint of chocolate, a whiff of smoke, something that might remind you of malt and hops all being crushed by a big old bag of coffee. that being said, itís still very tasty and thanks to the michigan boys for bringing it to the tasting.
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a disappearing tanned head. A very coffee dominated nose, almost like a cup of cold jo with some hints of malty bitterness. And the taste is very much like cold coffee, rather overpowering. Some sweetness, though, followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout pours creamy, fluffy head, dark almost black in its appearance. Semi dry coffee aroma, slightly acidic, light woody character. Very nice. Mouthfeel was very clean, full bodied, plenty of roast coffee character. Nice bitters. Yet aroma promised more of roaster richer experience that flavour delivered.
Sammy (8849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Masterful combination of coffee and chocolate in this stout, with the oatmeal making its appearance at well. Very smooth and not disapointing. Thanks vvclark for the bonus delivery after our regular trade! Baby picture on bottle is a flash of brilliant subtle humour. This could be a favorite regular beer of mine.
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Completely pitch-black and opaque with a brownish head. Odd - but not unpleasant - vinous nose. Flavours are very vinous too, delicate roasted malt - and lots of it - with dried fruits as well. Pronounced coffee notes. Ends somewhat ashy. Nice indeed. 170705
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at RBSG (Thanks P-Tor44, ZachDeisel, and company). I still canít believe they brought a freakin keg of this. Incredibly dark pour, deep brown head, frothy and long lasting. Big time coffee aroma, pleasant, if somewhat one-dimensional. A touch of chocolate but the coffee definitely dominates. Flavor is heavy coffee, quite roasty as well, but itís a bit much. Full bodied, palate is overly dry, though. Overall, a very nice beer, maybe a touch overrated, but Iím still looking forward to trying the bottle I just snagged up in a trade.