hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark, dark black with a large, 4-finger brown head. I could smell the chocolate once I popped the cap off. Other aromas of coffee, oatmeal, smoke, tobacco, and subtle dark cherries. Tastes of roasted, espresso, chocolate, and licorice. Finishes dry with a bitter bite. Thanks to goldtwins for trading me this one.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best stout’s ive had to date...pours a black with no visible head. Strong coffee and chocoalate, very malty, smooth mouth feel, no noticable alch ret. A wonderful beer.
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near headless with an opaque body. Mildly viscous. Nose of coffee and ashtray. Very bitter cocoa, coffee and smoked malt. Very good. Chalky. 8.3 ABV tingles the tonsils. Thanks Andre
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 This beer is rich and tasty...wish I could drink it for breakfast every day! Black as night and thick tan lace. Big notes of roasted coffee and chocolate, can’t pick up any oatmeal though through all the coffee. Huge lingering finish for minutes. Cheers!!
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Very nice! A good hearty beer with a great solid coffee base supporting chocolate overtones and a full oatmeal body. This is one of the best stouts i’ve ever had. Go forth and STOUT.
Bottled and poured into an English pint glass. This is one of my favorites and I am just now rating it. I have not had one in about two years. FBS pours dark brown, nearly black. The head is small but persistent. It smells of coffee, oatmeal and other grains, all with a touch of alcohol that adds a bit of complexity. I can also smell my glass which gives an unpleasant metallic aroma. This is not from the beer though so I will not hold it against the rating. The taste is both bitter and sweet compliments of decent coffee flavors and chocolate goodness. The grains add thickness and again, the alcohol, just barely detectable, adds complexity. As mentioned, the body is medium-to-heavy in thickness. The finish is mostly bitter coffee. If you are not a coffee fan then I do not think you will like this beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Opaque black, nose of fresh coffee & mild roast, excellent flavor. Very rich and malty, lots of coffee & chocolate. Rich creamy malts but fairly acidic finish. Yum!
jaymobrown (1657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black and oily appearance. Not realy thick, but I guess it does have the texture of left out black coffee. Nose was mostly vinous and chocolate. Really interesting blend of chocolate, roasted oats, and coffee flavors. I enjoyed how up front it gave a more sweet flavor but then in the finish the coffee flavors made them selves present. Dry finish.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown closing in on black, nice khaki head. The aroma is burting of chocalte covered espresso beans with light earthy hops and dry oatmeal. The flavour is so good, yes its dominated with coffee but is so rich, chewy and yummy. I feel like I’m chewing on espresso beans. Finish dry and asking me to keep on drinking. I love this beer.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew really lives up to the hype, massive fresh ground coffee flavor and aroma, non of that burnt roastiness, just smooth and soft with a hint of chocolate. Pours a heavy black with a tall tan head.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is roasted coffee, but there is also chocolate maltiness going on as well. Roasty, dry aroma. Nothing that really blows me out of my chair, though. Opaque dark brown with a brown head. Starts nice and sweet and chocolatey. This turns into a sharp roastiness with coffee and roasted notes to finish. Finishes bitter and very roasted. This is a bit too bitter for me. Compared to the Peche Mortel, this is much more "beer-like", whereas the Peche Mortel has a lot more sweet coffee/espresso notes that dominate entirely. Perhaps this is a bit more balanced, but this tends to be a little too roasted and bitter to finish. This is good and thanks to my brother for sharing this.