patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22.3 oz bottle - Rating #1000! I’ve been digging the stouts lately, so it seemed fitting to grab such a well regarded stout for the thousandth rating. It pours black with a big dark tan head. The aroma is of dark roast malt and plenty of coffee. The roast malt and coffee are well balanced in the flavor. Let it warm for awhile and enjoy the full bodied darkly roasted experience. It’s also got moderately strong hops that are even more apparent in the finish. This is not a sweet stout. I wouldn’t call it a terribly complex beer, but it sets out to be a coffee stout and it does that extremely well. Delicious! Now to celebrate with a bottle of Westvleteren 12!
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown pour with tan head. Huge coffee aroma with chocolate sidenotes. Flavor was very espresso like with some solid chocolate, minor hops and of course malt thrown into the mix. very solid beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy dsnowden. Black, black/brown edges. 3cm of chocolate milk shake head. Looks great. Flavor and aroma of roasty and grainy malt, roasted coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and subtle resinous hops. Medium/full body, balanced carbonation. Rich yet easy to drink. Really would be an excellent breakfast beer. Top notch stout.
Glouglouburp (6085) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Black body with an initially medium tan head. Aroma is very roasted, fresh citrusy hops and pastry dough. Main flavours are the usual three amigos: roastiness, chocolate and coffee beans. The chocolate flavour is not like black bitter chocolate, it is more like rich chocolate cake with a sweet chocolate cream. The high roastiness level (may be a bit too roasted) detracts the attention away from the rich and smooth chocolate. The roasted coffee beans flavour are there but not as upfront as with many breakfast stouts. A very pleasant astringency lighten up the experience. This generously hopped beer develops some kind of green apples flavour/astringency in the finish that makes a bottle go down even more quickly. Full but silk body with soft carbonation. Certainly one my favourite “little” stouts ever (8% and less). Feels like a 5%. And yes, I’ve been a beer geek on at least one occasion.
jrob21 (2606) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brawleys. I had to buy this in another state ’cause all the dudes in this GA hoarded all of it. Nice stout. I’m getting ready for the time of year when these go perfectly. Smooth and slightly sweet. All the elements play well here. Oat malt gives some body. Coffee aromas and slight bitter coffee flavor. Some bittersweet chocolate notes in there too. Creamy texture. Big brown head.
OldGrowth (2712) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Sam’s Blue Light. 9/3/07. Real good aroma, sweet & roasty, Oat, coffee, milk, cocoa, banana. Blackish brown color, good cocoa beige head that slowly faded to a small cover. Bittersweet flavor, Coffee, baking chocolate, little dairy, little viney. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish with a bitter streak. Very good stout. Enjoyed every drop, Flavor was great the whole way through. Body might of thinned a bit as it warmed.
jbird73 (10) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark beer that has a great aroma with a bit of mocha and oatmeal. Very smooth going down. velvety finish. good to the palate
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black color with thin ring of chocolate colored foam that coats the glass. Fresh roasted coffee aroma with faint hints of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Roasted barley and coffee flavors hit the tongue followed by subtle notes of chocolate covered cherries. A slight smokiness is apparent before a dry bitter roasty finish. A well crafted stout for sure, but not one of the world’s best IMHO.
jake65 (2689) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a intense black color with a small tan head. Very little lacing. Nose is rich with coffee, roast, mocha, and hints of oats. The taste is a creamy blend of roast, coffee, chocolate, and light bitters. The coffee compliments the brew well rather than overpowering it.
MrBunn (2462) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle placed into my brand new, shiny beer graile. I’m pretty excited about it and decided to break it in in style. Pour is really thick and blackish brown with a short-lived brown head that, with time dies down to a thin film on the surface with a few bubbles rising above the etched area on the bottom. Aromas are strongly charcoal-ish with lots of peat and espresso. Maybe there is a bit of an anise seed tilt to it, too. Mouthfeel is silky and exquisit. The smokey charcoal flavor leads the charge, but is quickly supported by some espresso, dark chocolate and peat... and I think that I’m picking up some of that anise in the background. Very smooth and I could probably drink several bombers of it before I realized what a bad idea that was. For a plain Jane stout, this is fantastic... I must say that, while at first I was a little disappointed (expecting some sort of trumpet blast or other sort of epiphany/divine experience and not finding it) this really grew on me as I worked my way through the bottle... take your time, enjoy it and let it air and warm.