heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to my brother. Perfectly black body. Sweet cereal grain with black tea and caramel. There is also some light milk chocolate. The taste has some milk chcocolate and a little bit of black tea in the finish. There is also some roasted peanut. Decent.
jb (2968) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good sweet stout. Very nice nose of dark chocolate + roasted notes. Creamy at times, gritty at times, oily, very nice mouthfeel. A bit of coffee in the palate, but mostly dark chocolate syrup and grain. Not too complex but darn good. Appearance is typical, very dark, reddish highlights, thick dark head that dissipates quickly.
marcus (9238) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours black with a modest tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a nice coffee and chocolate flavor with a smooth slighlty bitter finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. black with small tan head. robust sugary coffee nose with caramel and nuts. flavor is the same. palate is a bit thin and sharp on carbonation, but the flavor makes up for it. a full flavors and moderately sweet stout.
Gription79 (2840) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle
Aroma: oatmeal, roasted malts, caramel malts
Taste: roasted malts, caramel malts, oatmeal, fruity hops
Overall: The best beer that I have had from Mendocino Brewing. I would have this again.
shrubber85 (10762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Chocolate and oatmeal malt aroma. Dark brown color with moderate head. Light chocolate malt flavor. Body pretty light. Decent but light.
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was pitch black. Surprising a small amount of head, maybe ˝ inches. Light lacing that dissipated very quickly. Light film on sides.
Smelled of dark coffee and dark chocolate malts. This was the best part of the beer.
Tasted of dark and smoky malts. Also some dark chocolate flavor in there as well. Tasted pretty fake to me.
Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.
It was just a bit too fake for me, but I’ll take the smoothness.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black in color, moderate to thin spritzy beige head, spotty lacing.   Roasted malts, oatmeal,
burnt molasses on the nose.   Soft roasty malts, semi-sweet... make that fairly sweet.   Roasty, with a nice
smooth malt background.   Not too big, easy to drink.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Falls off
pretty quickly, but at least this one starts out pretty flavorful.   Not really any flaws that I see.
Slightly above average, and worthy of a try in my book.
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Pours clear and practically black with a mid-sized, fluffy, cappuccino head. The nose is grainy with toasted notes – not as much chocolate or coffee character as expected. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is excellently balanced with some roastiness, but is mainly bland. Crisp, pretty clean finish. Flawless, but boring for the style.
obguthr (5725) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chalky charred oak, medium roast coffee nose. Black, thin beige head. Milk chocolate flavor, raisin hints, coffee on the back end. Won’t blow you away, but a real pleasure to drink.