dogfishho (659) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oily, thick, viscous, black with no opacity whatsoever. The hed is a shade akin to a Mahogany color, but slightly more brown than red. The aroma is a melange of roasted malts and dark roast columbian coffee. There is evidence of some piney, floral hops, however it is very light. The flavor at first is very astringent with the bitterness of both the roasted malts and the coffee flavors dominating the whole profile. After some warming, the sweetness of milk chocolate came through and played well with the bitterness of the coffee, which had toned itself down quite a bit. The body of the beer became very creamy and soft at this point. The beer just felt ultra luxurious. This is what you would drink to take you away from a bad day. The feeling will overwhelm any negativity that could stay with you through to the bottle opening. Strangely the hops that were evident on the nose are barely evident on the palate. Must be some creative timing of the hop additions to the boil. My overall impression of this beer is that it actually doesn’t provide good material for a review in this format. It is a decadent and rich expression of a strong, potentially overwhelming style of beer. It is much more than the some of its parts
Fin (8256) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in the company of Casey, Traci and Loz Pours jet black, coating the glass like an oil slick, but with a thin brown rim at the edges and topped with a tan head that swiftly resides. Has a ferociously coffee aroma with maybe some cocoa in there. Coffee and Beer? This is a great breakfast drink one that you could happily sup at without ruining the appetite for a Full English. Great bitterness, lovely softness, some nuts, lovely burnt flavours, quite delicious. Many thanks to Casey and Traci for the invite!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, with Traci, Fin and Loz, at our stout tasting. Shiny black pour, nice tawny cap of foam. Deep dark chocolate aroma, bright coffee, a pinch of cinnamon and spiced orange peel. Chalky, rich chocolate flavor, soft roast and a bit of salt. Full palate. Lingering, mouthcoating, mineral finish. Tons of flavor impact, but very drinkable. A very fine stout indeed. And yes, I can see this being a very nice way to start the day.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber and served in an English pint glass. This stout poured an opaque black with a good sized dark tan head that slowly faded away. Some nice, thick lacing coated the entire inside of the glass. The aroma of the brew consisted of milk chocolate, coffee, oats, and also roasted malts. The flavor was made up of freshly ground coffee, rich dark chocolate, and burnt malts. The flavor left a slightly lasting dry, roasty bitterness on the tounge. The mouthfeel was very creamy and medium to full-bodied with light carbonation. This was truly an excellent stout. The rich coffee flavor with the soft, creamy mouthfeel makes for one great brew. Better than some imperial stouts.
GregClow (2973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep black with a moderate sized dark tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee and cocoa and charred malt, with a sweet tinge and some nice hop notes coming through as it warms. Body is full and smooth, very nice. Bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted espresso beans do battle in the flavour, with some faint lactic notes, and well-balanced herbal hops to finish. Best stout ever? No. But still pretty damn good.
ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Oatmeal, dark chocolate (semi-sweet) aroma. Not overly sweet. Fully opaque, black body. Brown head that is quickly eroding. No flaws. Dry, chocolate, coffee. Not overly high in alcohol. Frankly underwhelming for 100 percentile beer. Overrated.
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours jet black with a thick tan head that doesn’t seem to want to fade, and leaves thick sheets of lacing. huge coffee nose, with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and just the slightest hint of grassy hops. more big coffee taste, but more subdued, with the chocolate coming out more, and the hops playing a bigger role. even a note of some cherry esters and bready flavors. quite complex taste. fairly bitter finish, but very pleasant and not harsh at all. medium to full bodied, with a silky mouthfeel, and plenty of the right kind of carbonation for a stout. very much as complex and full flavored as the imperial stouts i normally enjoy. i wish this was more readily available. a nearly perfect stout.
nearbeer (4118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.66 L. Pitch black with a medium-sized, lasting head. Aroma is dark chocolate, charred wood and coffee grounds. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee with slightly sourish milk, and a woody-earthy char mix. Excellent balance of bitter and sweet flavors. Palate is medium-heavy bodied and smooth.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Two words: Over rated! Bottled. Poured black with a dark brown head. Looking good and tasty so far. Aroma ah man just some big hoppy acidic coffee. Flavor was chaulky, very little coffee, acidic, and had some chocolate notes. Had a grassy finish. Very mediocre. Lose the acidic taste and pump in more coffee please.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very strong coffee smells and pours dark black with little head. Complex flavors are all over this stout with a very heavy mouthfeel. It was almost as if I was chewing on this one. A little raising and a little chocolate with some sprinkles of oatmeal make this a complete meal. This is a very good stout.