11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color, just the barest of red hues show through when held up to the light. Decent tannish head forms and fades at a moderate rate leaving fair lacing behind. A funny looking ring is left with large, chunky bubbles on one side of the glass and a thin bubble layer on the opposing side. Aroma is fairly roasty, decent amount of sweetened and milk added coffee in the nose also. Chocolate makes an appearance also. Medium bodied at best, lower carbonation level which helps. Lactose sweetness initially is cancelled by some coffee bitterness and roasted grain. Slightly milky finish. Decent.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer after its deportation from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a soot black, the head tall and chocolate in color, the consistency creamy, as it slowly dissolves the lace forms a glutinous blanket to cover the glass. Nose is that of rich roasted coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate, hints of malt sweetness, nut-like tones also present, start is sweet and thickly malted, the top full. Finish is burnt coffee bitter, hops delectable in their spiciness, very dry with a modest acidity, a thick and tongue coating aftertaste last quite sometime, a fine stout that hits my beer spot.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Drafting Room in Springhouse. Pours a dark brown with some red. Small lacing tan head. Aroma of light coffee, cream and roasted malts. Flavor is coffee with maybe some milk chocolate thrown in there, was also picking up what I thought were hops. Whatever it was this was very well balanced and really a nice beer. Went great with the brunch at the Drafting Room.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF: poured dark brown with a tan head. Milk chocolate aroma. Medium sweetness and mild alcohol finish. Some chocolate and not much coffee if any. Still good.
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle with no freshness date.
Pours out dark brown with ruby hues.
Thick, creamy, long lasting espresso colored head.
Aroma is chocolate with roasted coffee underneath
Flavor is slightly sweet, with creamy chocolate flavors and some bitter roast coffee. reminds me of a mocha frappachino.
Towards the end of the bottle it became a little too cloying, would be better served in a smaller format, or shared with a friend.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown tending to black with rich long lasting head. Probably more chocolate than coffee but lots of both. Nice nose, and wonderful flavors. It was so rich I thought it might be a little better slightly warmer, so I corked the bottle and decided to try it again later. It was a full week before I got back to it and it was still as good as ever, and was even better slightly warmer. I checked my refrigerator and it was 55 degrees and I think that is what I would recommend, maybe even a degree or two warmer. This a very nice stout.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with a huge coffee head. Tastes of coffee (duh), chocolate, cream, and malts. The taste and flavors amplified as the beer warmed and I found it to be better at the end then I initially thought. Mid to heavy body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark as night with a big tan head. Big malty aroma with some hints of coffee. Taste is smooth not too sweet, the coffee flavor coming through just right. The alcohol is suppresed nicely, comes to be a little acidic in the end. Would go great with some vanilla ice cream.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As I am pouring this beer I can see that it is a brilliantly clear deep brown color, as it sits in my glass though, it is an opaque deep black color. I manage to summon forth a three finger thick light brown head that is a mix between frothy bubbles and a creamy Meringue-consistency part. The head never entirely disappears, and in fact leaves layers of lace on the side of my glass as I work my way through this 22oz bottle. The aroma is somewhat light, but has a definite coffee liquor note to it. There are also notes of roasted grain, tar, leather, char, and a mix of chocolate and light vanilla notes. The aroma is nice and solid, but far too muted and subtle for me to really enjoy sticking my schnozz into.
This beer started out at a cool 50°F (10°C). The taste is sweet up front, and quickly becomes dominated by roast notes. The sweetness carries through to the finish, and helps serve as a foil for the astringent, drying roast flavors; almost like an espresso with sugar added, though not quite so roasted. This beer has a fairly good body to it, slightly mouth coating, and it too serves as a foil for the intense burnt notes. How to describe it; tar, charred leather, dark chocolate, sweet cream (do they add lactose to this?), espresso roast coffee (duh), and burnt toast. This is definitely a chewy beer, though not in a thick heavy way, though perhaps this is a slight negative as a beer with this much roast character could use a bit more in the way of a body.
As the beer warms up a bit it begins to get a bit fuller in the mouth, a bit more coating, and a bit more creamy in texture, and quite a bit richer. The body begins to gain that heft that I had been wishing for earlier; this beer definitely would benefit being served initially at about 56°F (13°C). Throughout the process of drinking this beer there is that backdrop of roasted character, which does dominate the flavor profile. This beer only gets better and better as I work my through it, as it warms up it becomes much more balanced and tasty.
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MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark pour small bubbled brown head light lace. Light aroma some roasted malt lightly coffee much to small. Palate is well carb fairly avg. Flavor is a std roasted malt and touches of coffee.