VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt cacao nibs, fresh coffee, tobacco, and blackstrap molasses nose. Jet black color, large foamy tab head with nice lacing. Deep rich sweetness with a long determined, but not offensive, bitter bite for solid balace. Medium carbonation, big body/mouth feel, finish is roasted malts with long warm burn. Really well done Stout, big on deep roasted malt flavors, but not some of the heavy bitterness from the dark malts. All around a very elegant beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a moderately full, light tan, creamy head which is mostly lasting and does leave nice, tight, frothy lace. Nose is nice with some dark chocolates, moderate roast, light burnt toast, hints of smoke, light notes of roasted walnut, and some light earthy/floral hops in the background. The flavor is similar with similar hop notes being more prominent; bakersí chocolate, roasted walnuts, hints of leather, moderate hop presence, and burnt toast. The bitterness is moderately high both from the hops and the roasted notes. Palate is moderately full, creamy, velvety, soft to lively, and just lightly drying. Finishes fairly long and mostly bitter with strong roasts, burnt toast, and earthy/floral hops lingering. From a style which I tend not to like, this one was quite nice. Interesting addition of the "kick-you-in-the-ass" hops which was nice and balancing but still assertive. The dryness was minimal and there were no chalky, ashy notes usually associated with foreign stouts. Overall, a nice beer from an average brewery.
GranvilleTim (1413) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red-brown pour with a lightbrown head. Aroma of lactose, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, sweetness with a roasted malt, creamy sweet aftertaste. This was a great beer to have on my last Sat. outdoor fire for this year. It is getting cold (43 tonight). Nice flavors, very tasty beer. Nice lacing. The head lasted until the last swallow.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle and served in my Bells snifter: Deep brown and nearly opaque with a small fading tan frothy head that did leave sheets o lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of lush chocolate, walnut, toffee and charred malt along with a hit of coffee, prune, anise, grassy and herbal hop, leathery and a bit of tobacco too. The taste is sweet and earthy malts, light smoky notes supported by twangy fruit and liquorice before a finish of coffee and herbal hops. The mouth feel is medium-bodied and a touch oily. Overall I can say this is a nice surprise. Well not world-class newsworthy it is a darn solid stout with character. I will very much enjoy the rest of the sixer, get ya some Stouties.
revans (46) - Salem, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. bottle. Somewhat disappointed with this. Aroma is dirty smelling. Reminds of mud or peat. Strong bitter coffee flavor. A little thin and head disappears almost immediately. Drinkable, I guess. Left Hand has done alot better.
drjay44 (2352) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a mocha head of short duration, with a bit of lacing, over a clear, black (SRM 40) body.....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, toffee, smoke, soy sauce, mild hop spice.....taste is coffee, toffee, bit of cocoa, finishing with a lingering coffee-hop bitterness.....mouth feel is thick and creamy, carbonation is medium. For my palate this is a bit unbalanced toward the coffee flavors in the dark roasted malts, but over all this is a rich thick creation.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle - itís nice to see them putting this in sixers rather than bombers - anyway, pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a light tan head - nose of bitter chocolate, coffee, chocolate chip cookies, some toasty character - fairly creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied - medium sweet, with a roast and black malt and hop bitterness to balance that quality - notes of tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of smoke - some alcohol heat in the finish - one of the better beers Iíve had from this brewer in quite some time.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 12oz bottled on 11/04/09. Pours dark brown, black in the glass, with a small tan head. First bottle had very little head and lacing, second bottle is retaining more head and leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass (albeit a different glass this time). Good roasted aroma along with some coffee, bakerís chocolate, and licorice. Excellent flavor, lots of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits. Lasting finish. Despite the body being on the thin side, the mouthfeel is surprisingly full and smooth although a bit more carbonation than I usually like. Overall a very impressive brew.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours a decent black with a nice small tan head.... aromas of coffee, licorice, and roasted sweet malts. soft medium body with a touch of spice up front and bigger roasted malts down the sides. there is a decent amount of sweetness throughout, while the coffee flavors bring it down a notch... nice bitter finish. I look forward to next years offering.
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. almost black with ruby highlights under a small tan head. chocolate chip cookies, toast, and milk chocolate aroma. the palate is moderately creamy. flavors of milk chocolate and toast with a a bit of bitterness. moderately dry finish. as far as foreign stouts go, this is pretty top notch. lots of fresh baked, toasty chocolate chip cookies in the flavor.