Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I hadn’t had this in years, glad to see it show up again, even if it was being sold in the same month as its best by date. Black, light passing through edges is dark brown, lush tan head fades slow and leaves decent lace. Aroma is assertively coffee, with a slight charcoal note. The flavor is also coffee oriented, with faint bitter chocolate underpinnings, some dried dark fruits, and a hint of ash. An excellent brew, very enjoyable. Extra point for the efforts of the brewery during the tsunami relief effort.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A late-night sample. Pleasant memories in addition to notes: "Fluffy head, darkdark brown body, aroma of sweet Belgian [person? yeast?], slightly smoky, sour grace notes, tasty tasty. Yes, get this again."
kwik-lime (1517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Dark brown with a fizzy head that doesn’t last that long, it looks a little like Coca Cola. Strong aroma dominated by coffee with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Strong alcohol content but that’s hardly noticable in a flavour dominated by coffee as well as roasted malt and chocolate. Slightly bitter aftertatse. This is an excellent beer, complex and fully-flavoured.
jerohen (2076) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Half year past BB date. Opaque appearance, darkest head i’ve ever seen. Aroma of rye and roasted malts. Sweet flavour with obvious bitterness as well, quite complex. Thick mouthfeel. The 8% is well hidden. Very nice beer.
JonMoore (2022) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with hues of red. Nice creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, coffee and caramel. Taste is great and complex; coffee flavoured, with roasted malts, good hops with a chocolately bitter finish. Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Truly world class (whatever that means).
kane (111) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very opaque for a regular stout. large creamy tan head. Strong roasted chocolate malt aroma. Smooth and creamy with the 8% not noticable at all. Nice.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Black opaque color with a beautiful thick creamy head. Some slight lacing on the glass. Dry roast aroma that is very enticing. Smooth rich palate that makes it exceptionally easy drinking. Simply brilliant.
2004 Bottle. Best Before Date of Feb 2005. A little over 3 years old. Aroma is still rich and roasty... maybe a touch faded. Flavor still has plenty of chocolate and roast. This has aged well - perhaps a little faded but this is more than expected after 3 years in the cellar. I’m pleasantly surprised.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Black pour with sediment left in the bottle. Taste had a slight metallic thing going on along with a thin bodied roast taste. All the other flavors are also on the light side. I wouldn’t drink this again if I didn’t have to.
Garrat (1311) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 From A Bottle.Almost black in colour,nice head,chocolate,coffee aroma,big dark fruit flavour,thick and rich.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Dark brown with a nice, lasting tan head. Aromas are a little slight, mocha and some fruitiness. Good mocha flavors, some dark dried fruit (dates, raisins, prunes). Alcohol flavor gets in the way.