Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gassy sweet malt aroma, chocolately with some Twizzlers and rotten strawberry. Malted milk and dusty leather. Dark black clear with medium thick tan creamy lacing head. Heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Alcohol warming and a bit of carbonic burn. Starts with heavy, thick chocolately malt. Sweet and cloying, with dusty undertones and carbonic acidity. Alcohol vapors and roasted, burnt coffee bitters. Good tangy bitterness comes in to finish, with nutty bitter hops killing off some of the sweets. After stays long on the tongue, with smooth sweet bitterness and a hint of oily resinous hops. Still a little rough overall, but darn good.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A glorious brew. Poured from 33cl bottle into a pint glass. Dark, almost black with notes of dark ceylon tea, chocolate truffles, port, and dessert spices. The mouthfeel is creamy without being syrupy allowing for the flavors to develop into a nice savory warming finish. Yum!
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Bottle at Ginger Man. Been searching and waiting for this for a long time, and I wasn’t let down. Opaque black body with a big dark tan head. Lovely winey, mocha, almond and coffee aroma. Very roasted nutty/malty, coffee flavor. Smooth, full bodied. Alcohol can be slightly detected. Great sweet, dry finish. Great beer from start to finish.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/28/05 bottle @ The Ginger Man. Poured a medium brown creamy head and a jet black color. Great malts good strong mocha flavor and nose. Very carbonated which was very surprising to me. Very crunchy and ntty from start to finish. Palate was great really held flavors roasts and malts for a good amount of time. This and Blue Point Oatmeal stout are the two bes I have had.
pivnizub (10100) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Very dark, almost black coloured, mid-sized brown rocky head, sticking to the glass; sweetish malty nose, traces of liquorice and cacao; quite malty, dry coffeish flavour; medium to full bodied; long, dry malty and chocolatey-bitter finish; strong complex stout, well hidden alcohol, very pleasant and warming !
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 This is a beer that I had wanted for a while and was delighted to find it in Chicago, and it was cheap! 625ml bottle. Served in an imperial pint glass at 63°. Black color with a small khaki head. Lots of foam dots and plenty of lacing. Just tought about it, but this is my first beer of 2006, last night was celebrated with ice cider and wine, but this is beer #1. The aroma is roasy malt, coffee, with some bright citrus and dark fruits in the background. The initial taste is roasty and mildly sour with some bitterweet chocolate. The citrusy hops and dark fruit mingle with the roastiness next and the finish is moderately bitter and fruity. The mouthfeel is nice and not overly thick. This is very flavorful, but easy drinking, the 8% could certainly sneak up on you... RERATE This is not a 3.8 beer, it is 4.0. I love it everytime I have it.
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
MattShizzle (597) - 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! Doesn’t taste nearly as strong as it actually is, but is very rich. Great malty and roasty flavor.
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.
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.