Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Subtle roastiness and some sweetness in the nose. Good flavors follow but almost no finish. Beware of this trait in other Left Hand Brews--they don’t finish well. Light body for the style--smooth and creamy without much "umph."
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Federal in Durham, NC. Probably sat near the previous rater. Black as night with light brown head. Not much nose. Mild carbonation. Nice milk chocolate flavor and sweetness. Easy on the palate. Very tasty.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Federal in Durham, NC. Oily black appearance with a fairly nice off-white head. You can smell the sweetness complimenting other aromas such as a light coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops. Very sweet coffee and chocolate flavor with apparent lactose sugar in it. Sort of oily feeling in the mouth when cold, thins out a lot as it warms up. It’s good.
NachlamSie (2944) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 on draught. Pours black with a good tan head. As I drank this one, the excellent lacing became apparent. The aroma was a little strange, a rich sweet smell with a slight sourness beneath, but pretty appealing. The flavor was more enjoyable with a tasty lactose sweetness and a rather nutty aftertaste. A little hop taste was there too, unlike another milk stout I’ve had. Good stuff, this.
[October 7, 2008]
bottle born on some unreadable month, but I can at least tell it’s from this year. The pour is fairly black with a decent head. I get a faint lactic sourness in the aroma along with nuts, Whopper malt balls, and faint coffee. The flavor is fairly beefy, semi sweet, with a chewy finish. The chocolate and malted sweetness is dessert like without being overbearing. The timid sourness keeps things from being one dimensional. This is a nice treat. Good to see it in my local grocery store.
jcr (2320) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Too thin to start, but seemed to pick up some umph as it warmed. Flavor followed aroma: roasted malts, coffee and an undertoe of sweetness, hinting at roasted coffee and cream with a teaspoon of sugar.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy aroma of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. The body is fresh coffee with a fair amount of lactose sweetening things. Dry finish that makes my tongue almost sandpapery. Good, not great.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty-sweet aroma almost more befitting of a porter than a stout; aroma punctuated by tones of sour milk. Slight sour note unfortunately carried into the flavor and knocked its desireability down a couple notches. Almost too sweet even for a milk stout and not enough roasty flavors. Sufficiently dark in the glass but with little head or carbonation. A pleasant enough concoction but not a great example of the style.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a great beer. I really enjoyed the roast flavors while maintaining that creamy feeling. Aromas are fully espresso and dark chocolate. Very roasty flavor and aftertaste. None of the extra fruity/savory feelings of an Imperial Stout, but that’s a good thing.
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a clear medium dark brown with a modest light brown head that quickly dissipated laving chunky, spotty lacing. A mild roasted, porter like flavor. Smokey and roasted. Feel I thought was pretty thin but nice enough.
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Waht a beauty ... big cascade of bubbles built a big poofy head. Big milk-coffee aroma, too. Very sugary impression to start, with a java background and a milky tinge, too. Good stuff.