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 (5242) - 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 (2011) - 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
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at Grapes of Mirth Winter Beers Tasting. Excellent nose of roasting nuts a hint of coffee and some bitter chocolate. Flavor was sweet cream, roasted nuts, even some toast, and a hint of chocolate. Very nice.
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ginger man FW. Smells strongly of roasted chocolate and warmth. Upfront bitter chocolate. Dries out immensely. Rich roastedness. Could use more chocolate flavoring all the way through the end.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours deep dark mahogany with a one finger billowy tan head that results in great lacing. The nose is smoky dark roast coffee and cocoa. The taste is floral hops upfront that leads to cocoa and chocolate followed by burnt malt and bitter coffee. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Pretty damn good – better than I thought it would be.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Anvil. Pours a rich dark black, with a mocha two finger head. Nose of soft hops, mocha, chocolate coffee beans and molasses. Flavors are the same, with a smooth, but flavorful medium bodied palate.