BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Big aroma of earthy, spicy hops, oats and breadiness, burnt malts and a shot of espresso. Black as night with a nice, khaki head that lasts the entire time down the chute. Ah, the first sip: So fun. So new. So, complex? Very. A burnt espresso bite is complemented by deep chocolate overtones, washing in to those bready and earthy notes that thankfully overshadow the fruity esters lurking in the background. Big bitter finish that lingers and is slightly clashing with the previously mentioned aspects, but manages to clean up nicely. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy with just the right amount of carbonation. A delicious stout and a great bang-for-the-buck, especially considering we’re on opposite coasts.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the almost famous Blind Tiger. Not mch of a head atop of the standard black, oily body. Aroma is plenty hoppy with lots of tasty coffee. Flavor has a nice burnt espresso thing along with a slight amount of lactic acid. Nice and bitter with a long finish. Easy drinking and just a bit on the sweet side.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. i actually enjoyed this more than i thought i would, big roasty and chocolately aroma with bold, chocolate flavors with roasty finish. med body. rather easy drinking for the style. i wouldnt mind a few pints of this on a chilly evening. not mind blowing just good!
malrubius (1648) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Black with dense brown puffy head and lace. Chocolate fig and ground coffee beans aroma. Chocolate, dark fruit roasted coffee mild oat tang and assertive medium bitter finish. Full body medium-low carbonation, great thick soft mouthfeel. Complex and delicious. Excellent and very satisfying. Pairing with Trader Joe’s dark chocolate as a complete desert. Like, totally awesome.
Oh, by the way, rating #420.
DialSquare (2530) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber. deep black/brown color with a large pillowy tan head. aroma is chocolate, coffee, smoke - and an acidic element to it. taste is chocolate, caramel, nuts, lightly roasted malts and light hops. the finish is slightly bitter with the aforementioned acidic quality. medium texture.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Inky black with a sticky tan head that lasts. Texture was full and creamy with a velvety softness. Bold and rich flavors from start to finish (which lingered well into the aftertaste): toffee, sugared espresso, sweet milk, dark chocolate, fresh-roasted coffee beans, and caramel syrup. Grassy hop presence had a bold bitterness to balance things out. Some burntness and robust roastiness added depth. Very tasty ... I loved this stuff.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from toncatcher. another thanks!.... dark brown to black pour with a frothy and fading light brown head.... aroma of smoke, roasted malt, and chocolate.... ash and smoky roasted malt, chocolate with a generally sweet flavor profile. mild carbonation and ashy finish.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured black into the glass with a nice tan head. Smell was chocolate covered malted milk balls. Yum. Taste was well rounded, rich and tasty. Big chocolate, oatmeal, molasses and a great smooth finish. Enough balancing hop to keep it drinkable. Good stuff.
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bob’s Bar. This beer pours an oily black color with a medium thick tan head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Nice roasted coffee and malt aroma with a touch of cocoa. Rich and chewy body, with flavors of roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Light hops and yeast notes at times too. The finish is roasty with a burnt malt aftertaste. Overall this is an enjoyable Double Stout.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a rich brown head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt/oats-rich chocolate, slight earthy hops with some acidic. Taste is dark malt/oats-rich chocolate, earthy hops with some acidic balanced with some fruit. Occasional. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing this.