OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber via trade with jonathan3584 - thanks Jonathan! - Pours close to black with a creamy tan head that holds pretty well and laces down the sides of the english pint. Aroma is chocolate, and some roasted malt along with a bit of coffee. Flavor is chocolate, some decent roasted character and some sort of vegetal flavor towards the finish that I couldnít put my finger on. I didnít get it as a sourness as Degarth did in the previous rating but there was something funky there. Palate is airy and kind of light for a stout. Not much body.. Iím looking forward to what they can do with a stout now that the cap is popped.. Iím sure it will get better.. This one could use a little more malt..
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of Jonathan3584
Chocolate and mild coffee aromas. Black in color. Head is odd...bubbly on the sides, but creamy across the top. Flavor is a touch metallic in the fore. Some decent roastiness in the middle, but there is an odd rancid sweetness, like of old chocolate in the finish. It is not intense, but the flavor is there none the less and it hurts the beer.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an attractive opaque black with a lasting creamy head. Aroma is surprisingly unnoticeable. After a second whiff I do detect a hint of powdered chocolate. The flavor is not much better. Heavy on the powdery chocolate with little or no body. This one is proof that you canít judge a beer by itís appearance.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Rerate (6-2-7-3-13=3.1): Chocolate, molasses, coffee and raisins in the nose. Clear mahogany brown body is topped by a shy tan head that recedes to ring with some sudsy lacing. Very roasty flavour also has plenty of biscuity malts and chocolate. Raisins, grapes and plums in the aftertaste. Dry light medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle sampled with CapFlu and Oakes.
Original Rating (5-2-5-2-9=2.3): Chocolate is apparent in an aroma that is decidedly full of beans and chalky roasted malts. Opaque brown body with a low tan head that recedes immediately to ring. Chalky roastiness blends with sugary sweetness with some cocoa like notes in the aftertaste. Medium body is somewhat slick in texture with low carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
Gachupines (935) - USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a tan head. Malty body with a fairly strong roasted flavor. Moderate coffee and chocolate flavors, mouthfeel is a little thin, but still enjoyable. A good stout which is flavorful without being overpowering.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 bottle huge thanks to Beeryum for the bonus. Sampled on 11/6/05 with the Montreal Crew. Dark sandy to mahogany browns swirl about against a deep chocolate brown backdrop. Clear and filtered, however, with a small beige head, low to moderate retention, no lacing. Easy to get along with coffee nose, has a light mocha and cream suggestion to it, a touch of sweet graham crackers and milk chocolate. Aroma somehow comes across as lightly watery, not sure how to explain that, the aroma sort of wavers in and out, not very strongly, with light compost notes and some dry, bland, vapid notes. Flavor has a chocolate atop biscuits note to start, sugary and with a hint of toasted grains. Sweet toffee and low hops (touch of floral, green flavor) with more graininess (almost a bland, sandiness) on the end. Lightly bitter black chocolate and roast notes come in to play. The mouthfeel has a forced carbonation prickliness, but nowhere near the level of some of the bigger offenders. Medium body, touch of wateriness on the end.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice stout! Packs just as much flavor as a lot of imperial stouts Iíve had just with less alcohol and less hops. Very little head. Dark black body. Full palate. Plenty of thick, coffee textured goodness. Yum yum yum! I am so excited about Highlandís winter seasonals! Beer is grrrreat!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of mild earthy and roasted malt with chocolate. Again the malt is earthy and roasty in the flavor but not too strong or thick, thereís some chocolate and vegetables in there too. The palate is light and oily with low carbonation.
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
DMS veggies stem from a day-old coffee pot. Subdued roasted malt roams within, but offers no solace.
Commercial milk chocolate bars benefit from the roasted maltsí presence. Warm vegetables scare away most of the sweet maltís efforts, plus the forceful carbonation gets in the way. Maybe an old bottle?
Waking up with a headache.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at FantŰmes and More! tasting. Almost black with the merest hint of (lasting) creamy head...burnt chocolate, bit of licorice and burnt coffee in the nose...weak, lightly vegetal flavor, chocolate and a bit of tobacco, too ashy and lacking in malt body.