Holdwine (1071) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
File this under "I can't believe I had no rating for this one". This stout has been one of my favorites for years. After their management issues have been solved the LBC is better than ever. A nice sweetness permeates the entire drinking experience. From the notes mixed with chocolate and coffee to the light touch, for a stout, on the tongue.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head. Acid like lemonade and toasty like burnt coffee beans....interesting combo. Received this in place of an oatmeal stout I ordered....the staff doesn't know their beers real well, but at least it was something new to try. Worthwhile, even if it doesn't become a favorite.
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy but not too sweet. Poured with almost no head. Definitely a beer I'd try again.
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Interesting stout...poured thick with almost zero head.
Taste is very heavy and milky, with a toasty coffee aftertaste.
Watch out on this one, i have had bad bottles of this stuff - i assume it's not pasteurized.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep black stout. Very much like turkish coffee. Thick and rich but with a light sweet followup. As stouts go, not bad but certainly not a top shelf stout.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a deep black liquid light can not penetrate with a creamy, caramel colored head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of milky hops and skunk spray. Flavor is a medium hop with... not much else - maybe a creamy milk aftertaste, but maybe its all in my head because of looking at the silly cow picture on the front of the bottle. Hops flavor is undesireable. Otherwise, not a bad brew. If hops is your deal - this is a fine stout. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great slightly sweet roasted aroma. Body is almost what I would think of being a porter, but has a great slight sweetness that blends very well with the flavor of roasted chocolate. A very enjoyable brew.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Opaque black body with a big creamy tan head. The aroma is like that of a well cup of coffee with plenty of cream in it. Flavor is coffee with some chocolate but the lactose is quite prevelant. Dry medium body. Not too shabby.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blackish brown appearance. No head, and was slightly bubbly. Didnt have much of a smell to it. Maybe some barley and a little bit of sugar in the aroma.
Initial taste is surprisingly dry for a sweet stout and had more burnt malt/alcohol than I was expected, but then a warm creamy malt comes out, briefly, intersparsed with some grainy alcohol notes. Chocolate notes are there, but it is more of a bitter baker's chocolate. Couldnt detect much lactose (try Mackeson's if you want that). Texture was too uneven and carbonation was a problem even on tap.
It's like this beer cant decide if it wants to be an english brown ale or an imperial stout, but it does not seem to comprimise as a sweet stout, and deviates greatly from the other sweet stouts I have had, though at least it is not cloyingly sweet, which is the worst offense, in my book.
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I given this one high marks because it really is that good from the get go as it goes into your mouth and rolls over the tastebuds and slides down the throat into the stomach and ultimately into your brain cells !
A gentle soft sweetness and opaque espresso like color even when held to sunlight .
I wish more stouts were like this one ...
I mean,... this is another type of stout than is a Guinness or a Murphy's but... this is sooo sooo much better than they overall I promise you .
This is a new-world stout, one that leads the way to better drinking better tasting stout .
Now, if I could just get a full case of it... only was able to get 6 out of the Lancaster sampler ...
Quaff On !