richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
loads of coffee in the nose, slight hints of molasses and chocolate. body is opaque blackness, but had very little head, and what there was disappeared quickly. sweet chocolate flavor backed up by a burnt coffee tail and just a tad of hop bitterness at the very end. mouthfeel is thick and velvety, luscious would be a good word, and the chocolate sweetness lingers in your mouth. after having strayed towards the pale side of the spectrum for a few weeks, this beer happily reminded my of why i love sweet stouts and will never change, an excellent beer.
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 (1549) - 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 (9857) - 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 (2551) - 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.