after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22. Thanks, BitBucket! Dang, what a great treat to just have randomly handed to you one afternoon. Nearly jet black. Sticky, solid sheets of lace. Modest, thin tan rim. Big chocolate nose. Gorgeous creamy thick body. Toast and a little bit of bitter dark baking chocolate. Beautifully balanced with a little sweet. Clean dry finish. What a beer!
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blankboys bottle. Appearance: Dark black with a pancake batter coloured head. Aroma: Alcohol. malt, chocolate, turf with peat and cream. Flavour: Peat and turf, some coffee and with a lovely turf finish. Lovely.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty. Nice and creamy. A little more hops than normal but it goes well with the roasted malt. Very nice as it warms. Great on a cold fall evening.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great stout and a nice change of pace. A bit more carbonated than expected but still has a lush mouthfeel. Pours black with a one finger head that lingers. Good lacing. Flavor is roasty with cocoa really coming through but there is some hoppiness as well. This one seems to be under-appreciated.
kramer (4347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a small fizzy brown head. The nose is roasty and chocolaty with some licorice and light hops. Very dry roasty flavor, fairly hefty malt bitterness, pretty hoppy for a Stout. Just a touch of alcohol on the lingering roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the drier side, with moderate fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice, though the bitterness gets a little tiring.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle - thanks to weeheavySD for the trade; jet black with foamy, chocolate colored head; soapy aromas are roasty, some chocolate and fruit; texture on the light side and also not that interesting; mild bitterness in the dry finish; a little disappointing
TURDFERGUSON (3736) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sam’s. Pours black with a small tan head that fades quickly. Nose is heavy on roasted malts, char, a bit of cocoa, and light molasses. Flavor is much heavier on the molasses, with some more cocoa and roasted malts. I found this to be a bit hard to drink at times with the molasses flavors becoming a bit cloying on the palate. I seem to be going against the grain on this one. Oh well.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Getting notebook online. Bottle. Pours a creamy black. Roasted toffee, and dark fruit nose. Roasted coffee and malt flavors. Some solid chocolate too. Lots of different malt flavors blend well. Medium bodied with a slightly smoky and dry finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle on 10/27/2008. Pours out a thick, opaque black, producing a slowly building , large, creamy tan head and abundant sheeting lace. Espresso and dark chocolate dominate the aroma, with some underlying notes of vanilla and spice. Full body with medium carbonation, creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and wonderfully rich. Excellent depth of flavor with treacle sweetness, roasted malt flavors lend balance, and a very soft spicy bitterness at the finish. This is a top drawer stout, not surprising from this brewer, who rarely disappoints.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 22-oz bomber and shared during Surly D-Day. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a light tan head that slowly dissipates to a tan ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla and some oak. Taste is full bodied, light carbonation, with flavors of dark chocolate, toasted dark malt, some light vanilla, with some light citrus zest. Finish has a mild metallic texture from the extra alcohol with a nice chocolate aftertaste that slowly disappears.