TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black, creamy small expresso head. Flowery hops in the nose. Lots of licorice and hops. Long roasted licorice flavor in the aftertaste.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22-oz bottle. Pours near opaque with a medium dark brown rocky head and excellent spotty lacing. Chocolate alcohol malt (dark roasted grain) aroma with coffee and caramel notes and some hoppy pine near the end. Hoppy acidic dry alcohol dark roasted caramel malt flavor. Dry and full bodied palate, wonderful mouthfeel. Great brew but the oak aged is better.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As black as can be, brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Plenty of hops to counteract all the roasted and malt flavors, with plenty of bite in the aftertaste. A really nice brew.
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged for 7 months. Rich aroma of coffee, dry chocolate, cerries and bourbon. Awesome oily black pour, with a fantastic choco-nute ruby tinged head. The lacing is out of this world. Fresh roasted coffee, touch of dark chocolate, fresh roasted almonds, and a hint of butter and diacetyls dominate flavor. But are backed with this overriding astringent, biting, acidic hop tone that puts me off a bit. Typical of GD, too many hops unbalances the beer for me. Alcohol hides well. Dry smack, with some charcoal notes. Aftertaste has decent oat, earth and grass notes. Solid but not astounding, again hop imbalance throws me off. Bitter hop sugar aftertaste.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 22oz bottle. Opaque black pour, thick and syrupy from the looks, with tan head. Huge semi-sweet and dark chocolate aroma with lots of raisins and some plum. Creamy thick mouthfeel. Huge inital flavor of sweet chocolate and roasted malts, then some raisins and plums, and turns into a fairly bitter bite at the end which lingers a little. Some smoke and toffee/coffee to the flavor. As it warms, the initial flavors are like luxurious chocolate milk. 9.5% is well hidden. Simply awesome.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle received as a gift from my Secret Santa.. Thanks Mullman - Pours black and thick with a brown creamy head that laces quite well. Aromas of chocolate covered raisins, plums and a bit of coffee. Flavor is beautifully smokey, quite coffee-like, roasted malts, some plum, a touch of caramel, and a great chocolate coating over it all. The taste is quite complex and quite delicious. The palate is amazing. Absolutely great feel in the mouth thick and chewy but oh so creamy and smooth. So rich and so delicious.. I hardly noticed the 75 IBUs, but then I hardly noticed the 9.5% alcohol either. Iím looking forward to trying the Oak Aged.. I find it difficult to figure out how this could improve much more. Great stuff.
IndianaRed (2382) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a moderately thick oily black with a chocolate tan head. Aromas are of prunes, grapes, sweet chocolate and a little coffee and alcohol. Lots of thick sheeting lacing. Flavors are mostly dark smokey charcoal notes with some coffee and dark pitted fruits.Quite bitter with hops and dark roasted flavors as well. The trailer is a lingering bitter, woody sense. Very thick smooth feel. Terrific.
Sregnar35 (971) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím finishing this one up right now, and it is amazing. A million flavors going on all at once.Coffee, caramel dominate the aroma. Palate is distinctly bitter with the addition of some alcohol. Great, great stout.
CharmCityHops (12) - Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a heavily viscous motor oil-like black goodness. Blackhole like quality, with no light shining through whatsoever. It sucks in the light of the shade when I even attempt to spy out some red hues. A thick dark burned chocolate chip cookie colored head oozes up after the pour to a thick three fingers. Eventually dies down to an eighth to a quarter of an inch of clinging foam that leaves trademark lacing. Perfection.
The aroma is noteworthy, with all the expected flavors of molasses, espresso, bourbon. It smells thick and chewy. I already want a thick piece of chocolate cake to enjoy it with.
There are three levels of flavor here. Initial rush of malty sweetness as the molasses shows off its goodness. Light bitterness, almost hoplike in nature comes next and perfectly compliments the former. It finishes nicely bitter, like the remains of a turkish coffee. You know, that thick chewy blackness at the bottom of the espresso cup. I always mix a little table sugar in it and spoon it into my mouth. I get wonderful images of seaside restaurants in the Meditteranean enjoying after dinner coffee.
As with that image, I think Iíd need a limoncello just to clear the bitter and sweet mixture that has infected and taken over my tastebuds. Mmm, the thick and chewy, but easy, mouthfeel is captivating.
9.5%! Are you kidding me! This one isnít even close to being a sipper. I could, evilly and stupidly, pound this baby at happy hour and pay the price. Yes, mid west trips will have me picking this up again.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maverick 2003 bottle. Been sitting on this for awhile. Pours dark oily black with minimal beige head that fades to a ring of film. Initial aroma is chocolate and licorice/alcohol. Tiny bit of coffee through the middle, then a dark burnt grain overload. Flavor is dominated by dark grain bitterness, with lots of dark fruit. Turning a little sour as it warms. Wonder how much life these have left.