JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, with a tightly bubbled brown head, itís a nice looking pour.
The body is medium, which makes this stout easy to drink. The aroma has lots of cocoa powder & coffee. The flavor slightly sweet.
What I really enjoy about this beer is that it very drinkable and could be labelled a ísession stoutí
lamas (1548) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Bottle date: 08/04. Jet-black pour with two-finger thick creamy brown head that leaves some glistening lace. One of the darkest heads I can recall. Aroma of toast, burnt malts, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and creamy with a fairly full body. Pretty dry with a pretty bitter hoppy finish. Pretty bitter throughout actually. Plenty of the standard coffee and semi-sweet chocolate flavors along with a little vanilla. One of the better non-imperial stouts Iíve had.
vaportrail (14) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a carmel colored head. Refreshingly light carbonation. A moderately robust coffee and chocolate flavor. Sot on oneís palatte and could use a bit more punch, but overall a fine stout.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally bought this stuff after seeing it on the shelves for so long. Nose was a little small but was delightful in its roated malt and chocolate being. Black as motor oil accompanied by a light brown head that is fairly big. I found the flavor to be a little on the dull side for being a sweet stout, but i did enjoy its slight usage of dark roasted malt and hints of its milky coffee creamer taste. Plus this is a cool catchy logo and name for a stout. The end
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a thin dark brown head. No lace
Smell: Rich burnt malt, hints of chocolate and smoky.
Taste: Smoky burnt malt. Really rich coffee flavors, bitter and chocolatey.
Mouth: Big and full bodied, smoky bitter aftertaste
Drink: I canít put it down! What a great stout! I probably shouldnít but I could drink this all night.
Overall: A pleasant surprise in a mixed sixer I picked up in Blacksburg, VA (Vintage Cellar). Robust and bold stout.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour. Dark beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma. Starts roasty and sweet, then dry coffee and hoppy. Bitterness is not too harsh.
DocLock (9706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours obsidian with two-finger dark tan head. Aroma of huge chocoff, roasty malt, molasses. Tastes roasty malty, with big chocoff, some rauchy elements, some cabernet hints, and a somewhat dry rather than sweet finish, with a final kick of hops at the end. Layers of lace all the way down the glass. Like a sibling of Stone RIS. This beer is delicious, and one of the best I have had all year. Remember, itís not trying to be an Impy stout. It is a stout, and a damn fine one.
jimhilt (2549) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a two-finger brown head that leaves traces of lace. Totally opaque black color. Heavy bodied and light carbonation. Nose is coffee/chocolate. Starts with a sweet roasted coffee flavor and finishes with some bitter chocolate overtones. The brewer says that the ABV is 5.8%. 22oz bottle from Mark in California.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black but not overly thick. lots of roasted barley and some smooth oatmeal aromas on the pour. good dark unsweetened chocolate (cocoa powder) dominates the flavor, with a roasted finish. quite good, but a tad harsh considering itís a sweet stout.
thehinge (291) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a very dark brown head....darkest Iíve seen. Nice look to it.
Aroma is very chocolatey and sweet. Loved the taste, heavy coffee hints and fruits in the finish. I enjoyed this beer.