StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ GTMW. Opaque and black with a determined tan head. Aroma sings with unsweetened chocolate morsels, blackened fudge, crisp coconut shavings and a hint of sweet cream and tapioca nibblets. Burnt vanilla wafers droll in the distance. Flavor comes in large and defiantly, ringing with dark chocolate and hints of burnt coconut. Vanilla teams with singed hazelnuts to produce a conglomerate of sweet and bitter burnt flavors. Full bodied and and wearing its weight well. Toasted mocha and graham cracker crumbs disperse on the palate in a finish that’s reminiscent of melted and burnt s’mores.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured black with a small tan head. Smelled roasty with some chocolate. Taste was much the same, with huge roasty element, nice coffee notes. I really enjoyed this stout.
Tmoney99 (9593) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at MBGF07. Poured a black color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium burnt finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 RERATE Bottle: The flavor was much better with sweet chocolate and fruity tones over a coffee, ashy, and hop spice finish. The mouth feel is better as well oily and lush without all the booze as before. +1 Aroma, +2 Flavor, +1 Palate, +2 Overall.
MiBGF 07: Mostly black with a nice tan foam for a head. The aroma has notes of earthy yeast esters, roasted and chocolate malts, mint leaves, grassy hops, and tobacco vapours. The taste is a tad too boozy and mineral laden which made it hard to find the malt and hop characteristics. Smoky and woody finish did help somewhat. The mouth feel is very aggressive, biting, and spritzy. Okay but it is missing that something wonderful.