Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of chocolate, carmel and hints of coffee and vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, carmel and vanilla with a smooth lightly sweet finish.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. .. Roasty, fruity. .. Dark Brown, reddish hints. .. Fruity, sweet, boysenberry, some roast character. . . Med body, creamy. .. . Labelled ’pat’s stout - it’s not, it’s a great medium belgian brown beer with lots of interest.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Toronado. Pours very dark with a medium head. This beer is somewhat peculiar. It has flavors of chocolate and caramel together with distinct touches of Belgian yest which give it a tartness.
The beer is too thin-bodied though and it lacks depth.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at Papago: Pours to a dark black, though when held to light it doesn’t seem to be totally opaque and in fact more of a dark brown; small eggshell/light tan colored head that quickly fades. The aroma is quite mild, showing some chocolate, yeast, sweet chocolate covered malt, like others have mentioned an interesting mix of belgian yeasts and cocoa, though overall it’s still pretty mild. Taste is mild roasted malts, cocoa powder, and an earthy/fruity belgian yeast flavor with very mild hints of coffee. Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated, finishes pretty bland with some dry cocoa lingering. Overall I was turned off by this one due to the body being excessively watery and the flavors being interesting but ultimately too bland to really assert themselves in way that would provide some kind of uniqueness.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a nice off-white head. Sweet malt and yeast aroma. Yeasty, chocolate and sweet malt flavor with very light fruitiness and some oatmeal that comes on stronger as you drink more. Lingering chocolate and yeast. medium bodied.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark brownish black with thin off white head...smell is roasty with hints of cocoa and coffee...slightly roasty flavor and very sweet...effervescent mouthfeel....
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Segfault hooked me up with some of this fascinating concoction. Interesting roast and yeast aroma. Some earthy spiciness to the nose. Flavor is pretty roasty up front but as you drink more, the belgian vibes start coming through. Feels warming, yeasy and some more of those spices come through. This is an interesting beer. Not really anything that fits in a specific style. I’d like to see the body beefed up a bit more (felt too thin) and get some more caramel in there. That could make this shine.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Falling Rock as part of the GABF 06 festivities. Clear black with lots of brown hightlights. Light easily passes through. Served with no head. Very creamy choco flavors with Belgian yeast character. Aroma was also very Belgian in character. Seemed very thin. Pretty let down.
OldMrCrow (1958) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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After last year’s staggeringly good Lips of Faith offering, I was excited to try this one - but I ended up badly disappointed. This beer pours a deep black with brown highlights and a cream head. The aroma is a bizarre combination of belgian yeasts and cocoa, with the flavor offering the same contradictions. This baffles the taste with those curious yeasty flavors and then hot cocoa mix coming through with some sweetness; the combination simply doesn’t work for me. An ambitious but failed experiment, I didn’t bother to finish the glass.
derkruk (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured on tap in tulip glass at Brouwer’s. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, with some fruity esters and some sweetness. Appearance is dark brown with ruby highlights, medium head. Flavor is not as complex as the aroma, mainly a mild, chocolaty flavor with some malty (malted milk ball) notes. Mouthfeel is medium-full, rich. Overall a nice, drinkable stout with some slight Belgian-style characteristics.