CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(660ml bottle) Pours a opaque body with a thin, beige head. Nose of vanilla bean with a coffee-bourbon undertone. Strong coffee ground with a cherry finish. Good.
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Dark brown. Nice nose - chocolate, coffee, lots of happy malts. Roasty with dark fruits on the palate. Sweet finish, just enough appetizing dryness. Nice stout.
jcr (2310) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with short, but frothy tan head. Plesant aroma of roasted malts, coffee and sweet chocolate. Flavor is full of roast and coffee with a sweet, toffee-like backbone. Notes of chocolate and licorice. Nice, bitter, clean and dry finish. Smooth texture, medium body. Well put together, enjoyable.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Tom and Larry. Black in color with a compact tan head that fades slowly. Nice lacing. Aroma is rich with coffee, some chocolate and lightest hint of smoke. Full bodied with pleasant carbonation. Full malty flavors of chocolate, coffee, modest roasted grain. Tasty.
recordjunkie5 (20) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very dark pour. The head is nice and thick and stays around to chat for awhile. Aroma is definitely tinged with hints of cocoa. Wonderful slight chocolate taste coming through at the end. Thick mouthfeel, finishes great. This is one of my favorite beers!
rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 12 oz. brown bottle was adorned with the typical Highland Brewing Company motif with a Scottish theme. The pour appeared reddish brown and clear out of the bottle, but in the glass it was very dark brown and nearly opaque. The head was khaki in color and one finger thick. The aroma was that of a dark roasted espresso, with a smattering of chocolate. The taste was drier than I was expecting, as the dark coffee and roasted grain flavors supplanted any residual sweetness. Not much chocolate coming through in the taste to justify the mocha in the name. But despite that, this was a very delicious stout with a pleasing palette. A little hint of tobacco juice in the finish was followed by a brief hop flourish. Prickly and granular mouthfeel stopped just short of being chewy. This turned out to be a solid stout all around the board, so I am glad I bought the sixpack instead of a single bomber.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Appearance was a medium sized tan head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Malty, chocolate, coffee, and roasty nose. Ditto for the flavor. Tingly mouthfeel.
after4ever (6628) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, courtesy JRob_21’s fine trading skills. Man, this is good beer. Just about opaque unless you hold it right under a light, with some fairly thick tight-bubble head and temporary lace. Huge sweet chocolate nose with hints even of raspberry poking through. Rich, deep fragrance. The body’s full but not quite creamy, and it ends up not being too filling. Carbed just enough to be refreshing (by stout standards). Coffee and chocolate on the attack, mid-palate, and finish, with just a whiff or sour and bitter as it goes down. Fantastic stuff.
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly amber/brown for the style, big carbonation. Surprisingly translucent as well. Good notes of smoked sausage and chocolate, a blend of roastiness and cocoa, improving with time.
decaturstevo (5407) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark pour with a tan head and light lacing. An aroma of coffe and roasted malt. A nice bitter coffe and malt flavor with a nice bitter finish. The palate seemed just a tad on the watery side and a tiny bit fizzy. A very good beer.