muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle, from Cellars in Minnetonka, MN (Dec 2005). No date but looks to be fairly fresh. Very dense, dark, small lasting spot of head atop a viscous motor oil body....huge roastiness, prunes, lots of dark bitter chocolaty goodness erupt in the strong nose, which does soften a bit as it warms, not losing character but exchanging the harshness for soft sherry/port qualities and a notch sweeter cocoa....wonderfully smooth, velvety body enhance by slightly oily liquor feel, light carbonation....massive roast is the strongest characteristic on the delighted tongue, bitter pure chocolate and a hint of bourbon-vanilla, slight touches of bitter herbs and the barest milkiness...as good as I had hoped for, and this one Iíve been wanting to try for years. The finishing bitterness just doesnít let go.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark with a nice thick head. If someone asked me what kind of stout this was I would have said smoked. The flavors are dominated by charcoal and charred wood. It did not seem very complex but was definatly tasty and unexpected.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 625 ml bottle purchased for $2.99 at "Kellerís IGA" in Cin., Ohio - This one poured a midnight black with a tall, fine-bubbled, thick tan head of foam and coffee-molassess-alcohol aroma. Tastewise, itís a wonderful stout, with a
spicey, bitter coffee-cum-cocoa richness and a full, lasting palate. Itís just plain GOOD!
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pours pitch black with little head. aroma of coffe, subtle chocolate and molasses. taste is malt coffee and a light aftertaste of chocolate. really good especially for the price.
MattShizzle (549) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This is great! Doesnít taste nearly as strong as it actually is, but is very rich. Great malty and roasty flavor.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
great stout! wonderful chocolately aroma, full of cream, coffee, nuts, vanilla, and oak....flavor of chocolate, coffee, and caramel...very roasted, and reminds me of a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout....nice palate, and a very good beer
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red-brown, nearly black. Nice rocky tan head. Aromas of sweet dark fruit, particularly prunes and raisins, chocolate, french-roast coffee beans, burnt straw, peat, toasted malt, alcohol, and bready yeast. Flavor was big, darkly roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, espresso, yeast and a big dose of hop bitterness. Aftertaste of burnt malt and lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, viscuous and chewy. Suprisingly good.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To me this is what a stout should go along the lines of, now i know i havnt tried a vast amount of them due to where i live. Aroma is a nice balance of coffee bitterness with some fruit and nut milk chocolateness. Taste is also great with the alcohol making a good show of warmingness, not in taste thankfully. Excellent beer that i would love to try again.
norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn was this good. Sampled it on Christmas Eve with my father and uncle. Dark dark dark (good sign for a stout) with wonderful nose. The flavor is slightly fruity but mainly caramel/chocolate. The aftertaste tasted a little of alcohol, a nice reminder of how strong the stuff is. One nice stout.
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 Bottle from the <a
href=http://www.lcbo.com target=blank>LCBO in Peterborough. Deep black in colour with a dissipating tan coloured head, some lace, thin looking. The aroma was deeply roasty, some coffee beans, butter and cream. The flavour was also quite roasty, dark malts, espresso, dark chocolate and lots of coffee. Bittersweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a long lingering roasty bitterness. Nice.