grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 A very well crafted beer. Pours black as freaking night. Really I thought I was pouring WD-40 into my glass. Nose is very roasty, smoky and there is even a hint of teriyaki...no really there is. Fruity yet smoky all at once. Flavors reflect this right back. Although slightly papery this stout is pretty phenomenal. Slightly sweet, very roasted. I usually despise really roasty beers, however this one has a mouthfeel that actually matches the strength of its bitterness, thus it is heaven. Great brew.
motelpogo (7239) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at lost coast. jet black with a brown head, big roasted aroma, cocoa powder. some povidl on burnt rye bread, coffee, tasty stuff
zach8270 (3858) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Deep black color with a thick tan head. Very strong aroma of hops, coffee and chocolate malts. Very rich roasted and smoky coffee flavor with chocolate notes and a surprisingly hoppy finish for such a malt-heavy stout. Sticky mouthfeel that coats and leaves a wonderful aftertaste of hops and coffee.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 give it up for the old 8-ball! this is one of my favorite stouts.thick and rich,just like a stout should be.classic west coast flavor indeed!
re-rate:i have not had this in a while and @ 3.19 a 22 i couldnt pass this up.its still just as good as i remember it.nice mocha aroma,just the right mix of malts,chocolate,and coffe.this is amazing.
musjakey (1) - USA - AUG 28, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite beer! Lots of coffee flavor (in a good way). From my home town. Hard to find here in LA.
fluxkritikal (11) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark pour, with a nose full of hops with a sweet tinge of chocolate. Very non-existent head, light tan and smooth. A must try!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, opaque black with a brown head-looks like an imperial stout. Aroma is nice and roasty. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some smoke. Moderately sweet with a slightly burnt aftertaste and solid hop presence. Mouthfeel is full and round but not as thick as I would have liked. Overall, an excellent stout.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overall very similar to Kalamazoo stout. It looks very similar to an imperial stout- dark brown head on a pitch black body, and slight lacing. Great chocolate and roasted aromas. Flavor is slightly roasty but dominated by the chocolate malt and has a slight bitter finish. Very smooth overall.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque nearly black color with a dense kahki colored head. Nice roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and espresso. Bitter roasted malts, hints of cocoa. Slight sweetness and some coffee come through towards the finish. Decent hop presence in the finish. A solid stout.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2006 June 16, 2006 Re-rate
Aroma is faint oat cake, roasted malts, chocolate and mild roasted malts. Body is black and holds a creamy mocha head that diminishes slowly. Fore is slightly tart, but that quickly subsides into a smooth chocolate laced creamy malt flavor. Flavor wise it is too style meaning it is smooth and mellow and fairly narrow, but enjoyable as heck to drink.
Original rating was 3.9
<P>Coffe and Chocalate notes in the aroma and taste. Pours wonderfully. Teased a very thick and frothy head out of it. Had a bitterness more common in a dry stout, but that was a good thing. Solid Sweet Stout. Re-rate Sept 19 2005. This is still a great beer. One of the few I have re-rated and not dropped.