detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark, almost black. Or why not - its black. About an inch of thick dark tan head. Excellent lacing throughout the pint.
Not much of an aroma to it, a bit of roasted malt, but not a whole lot. Very nice taste, lots of sweet chocolate, some good roasted grain, and a bit of strong coffee. I canít pick out a hop bitterness at all, but sense that they are there keeping the whole works nicely in balance. Very full bodied and delicious.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark dark brown with dark tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, dark chocolate, and cofffee malt. Flavor follows aroma. Slightly on the thick side, but very good.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one on draught in Wausau, Wisconsin. Very dark brown color and completely opaque, very thick brown head with a nose of cherry and chocolate, very pronounced chocolate malt and coffee malt flavor. Pretty good.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black coloration, with crimson highlights peeking through...slim cocoa-tan head...very stoutly...
Aroma is chocolate and cream...rich and luscious...very invigorating! I like it, I like it! Bittersweet cocoa, a hint of molasses...I said I liked it, right?
Taste: mmmm,....HMMmmm!!!...richness, chocolate and cream, again...quite a tasty stout!
Medium to full in body, with a long, sweet finish. Sweetness is really the key note here...you just keep drinking and drinking...a taste-errific treat!...
...nothing steps in your way...for stoutophiles, this†is†a keeper!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Black stain over dark ambered edges. Densely compacted yet fluffy-esk cocoa colored head caps the dark at about a finger high. Keeps a good skimming and lacing glazes the glass with thick foamy curtians and strings.
Aroma is light but seemingly rich of milk chocolate and a touch or coffee roast. A bit of fruity tang intersedes underneath with a bit of apple and dark cherry.
Flavors are quite supple and abundant of milk chocolate. Nice milky sensations fill the palate with an ease as candy bar chocolate makes its way all through the experience. Finishes light and airy with a nice little wrapping up of roasty and slightly bittered coffee. Simple, bold, and holding. Great use of chocolate tones in this.
Feel is about medium with a creamy, bold sense of firm silky smoothness. Low carbonation makes for easy downability.
Perhaps the cornerstone of the Herefordís beers. By far the best they have to offer and proud of it. Good stuff.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap into shaker glass. Foamy beige head over an almost-opaque (transluscent at the edges in light) ruby black-brown. Dense, small bubble, slowly cascading lacing demonstrates an effect that cquiroga once dubbed "lacing over lacing," where one sheet of bubbles seems to reveal a substratum of even more bubbles, which subsequently cascades down the glass. Sub-surface "racing" is dense and slow; perfect. Beautiful to look at and play with. Smell was caramel, butterscotch, bread and a bit of roast underneath. Flavor is roasty and caramelly up front riding a mouthfilling wave of carbonation, blending into burnt coffee and very dark unsweetened chocolate in a dry finish. The body is on the medium side of full, or the full side of medium; in any event, not as full as Iíd like. Lots of hops in the finish as well and a bit of acidity in the middle. Iíd probably classify this as a dry stout; itís certainly not imperial. Still, damn good beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF '03. Almost black color with decent tan head. Caramel start with watery sweet mouthfeel. Warm, light finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft (sample), Wausau WI location, July 03. Coal black, head was still thriving by the time I got to this late sample (30 minutes); strong chocalaty (hints of peppermint & espresso) nose cuts the fried fish, super-smooth velvety mouthfeel, medium-sweet chocolate-espresso flavor, hints of prunes; star of the show.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap GABF 02: Roasted coffee aroma, creamy mouthfeel, ruby color. Ends lightly sweet. A mellow stout with a long lasting taste.