tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange-pine hops in the very sweet aroma with some mild roastiness. Opaque brown with thin ring of white head. Chalky roastiness dominates the rather bland flavour. Somewhat watery texture with fairly light carbonation. Judging by other reviews, I can only guess that this bottle was somehow well past itís prime. Bottle sampled with MartinT and Olivier. (Trade Dec. 2004) Thanks, Degarth!
IslandHaole (1216) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A used motor oil color with one of the darker heads Iíve seen, a rich roasty, coffee scent, light floral citrisy, piney hops. A strong roasted flavor, some sweetness in the middle and a bitter aftertaste. Reminds me of Cooperís Best Extra Stout. If you like strong roasted stouts, you will like this.
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark oily black, with a brown head. nice coffee aroma, nice roasty coffee flavor as well, with a great aftertaste. good mouthfeel. overall an above average stout, but iíve had better.
Guitarsessions (21) - Crestline, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty ok, black with a tan head. Creamy... tastes of coffee... even though my mom didnít like it (She loves coffee) I thought it was a nice beer... very dry at the end.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle poured into my Duvel glass black with a nice thick chocolate head that lasted as long as the beer. When the head started to fade, a swirl of the glass brought it back again.
Aroma was roasty,chocolate and coffee.
Good roast and chocolate flavor that stayed on the palate.
Only got better as it warmed.. Very good!
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Black pour. Very thick, brown head. Main flavor is a coffee, roasted note. Exceptionally dry finish. My mouth kind of feels like the inside of a grill after this beer. Dry dry dry.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice creamy tan head sits on a thick black body that jiggles like jello. Aroma is blasting coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour is rich and creamy with a strong coffee taste. There is a nice hop presence as well that matches with the sweetness. Ends kind of sweet like a sugared coffe. Doesnít have the complexity of St. Ambroise but this is still a nice sweet stout.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as the inside of an owls beak during enclosure. Small milk chocolate head of foam with an aroma of chocolate, roast and coffee with a hint of resiny and fruity hops. Big, roasted malt taste bring forth notes of coffee and chocolate. I often feel in an overwhelmed state of redundancy when I describe the flavor of stouts, but this particular one has a very appealing hop bitterness and flavor, especially on the finish.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty and a slight chocolate note on the nose w/ a hint of coffee. The pour was nice and opaque, thick w/ brown hues. There was no head and only slight lacing. The flavor was roasty and good coffee w/ hints of chocolate on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel was thin and slightly watery w/ smooth, well- rounded body.
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 May 2003 bottled consumed February 2005. Nearing itís two year mark, should be interesting. Upon opening, a fabulously aromatic roasted barley and chocolate malt meets the nose. Further notes of black malt, light coffee beans, a touch of floral hops and some sour/sharp lactic notes. Oddly, there were also some notes of ethanol. Deep, opaque black, with dark brown edges and a thick, creamy dark tan head. Flavor begins with light lactic notes, roast, chocolate and hints of hops. Texture is a bit thin at first, not helped by the stiff, bubbly carbonation. But as it breathes, the carbonation dies off quickly and a more rounded, if somewhat thin body is apparent. Light notes of milk chocolate on the finish, a deep roast and plenty of smooth, nutty, cream-like oats flavor. The oats really come on strong in the end, bringing out a more even, smooth texture. Oats really seem to do alot for the mouthfeel of a beer. Impressed that you can pick out all of the malts in this quite clearly, yet it does not seem disjointed. A touch too much astringency up front, with some alcohol notes and a bit thinner than I would like, but the malt profile is wonderful and the hops are not dominant. Thanks so much for the bottle, Eric! (footbalm)