scoth (608) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark, inky brown, with a medium beige head, very fine ands lasting lacing. Aroma of toffee, toast, nuts, and chocolate. Medium-full body, porter-like, slightly chalky but not unpleasantly so, zesty, mildly dry. Flavors of chocolate, molasses, coffee, toast, cashew, pepper, slightly grassy. Medium bitter and dry finish.
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks 17thfloor! pours black with small off white head around the rim. aroma has roasted malts, coffee notes. flavors have roasted grainy notes, a very slight sour fruit notes in there too. fizzy mouthfeel and thin-med bodied. not a bad stout.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with nice carbonation and a small tan head. Beautiful dark chocolate, coffee, light toast and a touch of toffee sweetness on the nose. Lightly sweet with the taste of the chocolate and coffee. Also some noticeable alcohol. Finishes with a toasty bitterness that stays with you for a little while. Actually lighter on the palate than the color and nose would hint at. Fairly easy to drink even at 8.5%.
BroSpud (1880) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Very drinkable stout. Pours deep dark black (as the name infers) with a nice creamy head and good lacing. Slight smokiness with strong malty overtones. Not spectacular but still very good
brokephibroke (301) - Mead, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid if not the best effort by Lefthand. This is truley balanced with a bit of smoke! I note the spicy undertones and warming alcohol. Coffee upfront leads to liciorice and smoke, well done!
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Before i even got the glass to my face, I immediately noted the molasses/maple syrup aroma. As the head fades the coffee notes begin to emerge. Pours the darkest shade of brown, with a thick and foamy medium tan head. The bitterness of the coffee jumps out immediately, with rich earthly tones coming out in the finish. Has a sharp, tingly mouthfeel, and oddly enough, most of the lingering taste is on the front of the tongue. Sadly, by the time I finished this rating, the initially strong aroma had faded, but it left a surprising refreshing stout in its place.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a super dark redish brown beer with a nice tan head, lacing down the glass. Aroma is very roasty and chocolate with notes of coffee. A medium thick body and a bitter roast finish with lingering notes of coffee. Nice
EithCubes (5248) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Lightly roasty, lightly woody nose simply overcome with dark dryness and chocolate. Suggestion of significant heft. Pours darker than Coke, with a sudsy, big-bubbled, somehow highly laced light brown/tan head. Oily light-medium body is full of flavor – chocolate cake, a little coffee, mocha dust, wood, berry. Rich malt complexity, layers upon layers. Well-attenuated and dry, just a bit of booze (but just the flimsy kind underneath). Smashing success for what I hope will become a highly anticipated annual series.
Trev (2015) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice black pour with ruby highlights when held up. Thick creamy looking head.
Aroma is quite nice, good roasted malt. dusty chocolate. A hint of earthy hop and burnt malt bitterness.
deep roasted malt leads into the flavour, a touch of dry bitterness.
The alc is very well blended. A little thin in the body towards the finish.
Still very nice. Left Hand is starting the tradition off nicely.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good F Stout -- the balance of hops and smoky malts was very nice. This had an amazing amount of flavor with a not too strong ABV- very DARK and much better than Guiness