GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Defintely was taken back by the roasted malty smell. The aroma was good at first but them seemed to become overwhelming when i began to drink the beer. The taste reminded me less of roasted malts but more of burnt malts. Alittle too robust for my taste.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you live in the southwest states, this is about the best bang for the buck stout available. Though cheap, there is nothing cheap about the taste. Smells and tastes of fresh smoked malt, and is nearly thick enough to cut with a knife. I like having it around to drink with meals.. mm. Poo on Guinness, buy this instead. ;)
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This came in a 22oz bomber with an 8 ball on the front that I had right before I was going to play pool, maybe it would help my game. This pours out a pitch-black color with a thick dark tan head of about three fingers height, a picture perfect stout. The head recedes fairly quickly to a cap of bubbles leaving scattered lacing around the glass. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate malt rise from the glass with a bit of sweetness to it as well, very pleasing smell indeed. Taste is heavy with a roasted coffee flavor jumping out with bittersweet dark chocolate playing a big role as well. The finish is dry and quite bitter with a lingering coffee flavor and slight earthy hoppiness to it. Very well balanced with the sweetness not being over done and the bitterness being very present. Medium to full body this brew has a creamy mouthfeel that makes every sip enjoyable. A surprisingly good stout that is up there on my favorite stouts list, highly recommend.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at a pizza place in Clearwater, FL. Pours very dark, a deep black. Nice creamy tan head. Nose is rich in roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Taste is equally as good, a very full malty mouthfeel to go along with a delicious roasty smoky malt flavor. Thereís just enough hop bitterness in the finish to make this an enjoyable beer.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good stout. Came off as more of a dry stout to me foir some reason. Opaque black appearance. Thick foamy dark tan head. Kinda weak sweet roasted malty aroma. Dry smokey flavor. Good coffee, mocha hints. Thin mouthfeel. Solid.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a stoutily black body under a thick, foamy, but short-lived brown head. Coffee roast and deep oily malt in the nose. The sweetness reminds me of those windmill cookies. Not so much the gingerbread part but the bready sweet part. Dry choclate flavors take a front seat to coffee in the taste. Hanging off the bumper are some sprucey hops and oatmeal. Thicker-than-average mouthfeel. What a great stout!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle this brew pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Aroma is extremely roasty, almost smokey, with a rich mocha nose, very potent. Taste is extremely roasty, lots of dark bitter bakers chocolate up front fading into a coffee bitter finish. The smokey quality is quite nice in this brew. Very heavy brew on the palate, very smooth.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: dark as dark can be, the perfect match for itís gamepiece namesake, no light creeps out at all. Head is deep tan, big, but slows down, settles to a small burnt brown ring.
Aroma: excellent example for the style, richly roasted, big and bold, full of burnt espresso notes, very, very tasty.
Big alcohol taste, too, and hints of stronger stuff, of molasses, anise, tar, pitch, coffee, and ..well, thatís plenty, isnít it?
Seems so much like a hybrid of an oatmeal stout and a chocolate/Imperial, and thatís a good thing.
Wonderfully smooth, easy-drinking, richly rewarding.
Big 22oz. bottle, just enough, not too little, not too much, and a perfect nightcap. Ah, to sleep....although, this would make an excellent accompaniament to breakfast, too. Ah, thereís the life! Itís raining outside, Iíve got Coltrane on the Hi-Fi and a nice warming stout to take me to slumber...
Another one to add to my list of favorites...
Sammy (9541) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasty, some hops, coffee and chocolate notes bit bittersweet chocolate. Easy drink but could not finish it. On the bitter side, too acidic.
A bit over-rated
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black body trimmed with brown head, sweet roasty nose, syrupy, dark chocoalte, rich, licorice, roasty & smokey, tingly tangy finish, dry, its good but possibly overated... So Sam and I are standing in a crowd at a party "oh man im so pysched i just remembered I still have that 8 ball in my backpack" just then a lot of people turn around and look at him, some terrefied others just interested yacked out sketchballs